Category Archives: Kayakers 2011

Mundinger/Baldridge/Germano Family Is The First Large Group To Return To Kayak With BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals

BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals had just officially opened for business April 2010 offering guests to the Alabama Gulf Coast an opportunity to kayak the beautiful Bon Secour River when it was nearly shut down due to the BP oil spill incident.

Guests to the area were sparse. There were few options to enjoy spending time on area waters. We had difficulty convincing people that at river’s end where we are located springs run crystal clear and kayaking is a great way to get out and enjoy a water-based activity.

The Mundinger Family of TN and extended family of Baldridges of LA made a conscientious choice to support the struggling Alabama Gulf Coast and chose Gulf Shores, AL as their vacation destination.

They also made a decision to look for alternate land and water-based activities to participate in while visiting. They came across “BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals” a little “mom and pop” operation that wanted to share their personal love of kayaking the Bon Secour River with the public.

You could not imagine our joy when we received a phone call from Linda Mundinger stating she had a large family that wanted to kayak, swim and take advantage of our “boxed lunch” special — an arrangement we made with (now defunct) Lenny’s Subs to provide a Sub sandwich, chips, cookie and drink for under $10 per person. Mundinger Family Enjoys Lenny's Subs Boxed Lunch Break Between Kayaking Excursions

The Mundingers were BeachnRiver Kayak Rental’s first large group of the year to order custom lunches to be delivered during a kayak excursion.

They were an easy going group and great to “practice on.”

All had a good time and upon leaving said, “We’ll be back.”

The Mundinger family held true to their word and on Tuesday, July 12 they returned to kayak with BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals introducing new guests calling themselves “The Figi Dozen.”

They paddled the river, took the opportunity to swim in some nearby swimming holes and brought a large cooler filled with picnic supplies to picnic on our grounds.  River Rick erected a pop up shade tent and put two picnic tables underneath to accommodate the families.

When the group completed their adventure we hugged like long lost friends as they departed. Once again they said, “We’ll return next year!”

River Rick and Beachin’ Betty have faith they will.

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Record Breaks Today When Two Guests Named Steve Return Within One Month Of First Visit To BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals

Foley, AL — Stephen Billings of AR wasn’t kidding when he waved goodbye a month ago exclaiming, “I’ll see you soon!” We had no idea he would return within one month of his previous visit introducing new guests.

On Billings’  first visit June 3, 2011 he brought members of a Christian Youth Group from Kansas to spend the afternoon paddling the Bon Secour River. When he made the appointment he mentioned he had visited BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals last year and anticipated this year’s visit.

Upon his second visit Stephen Billings brings members of his Church “Student Mobilization” Group. The all male group come prepared to enjoy an afternoon kayaking, fishing with their ultra and microlight fishing poles. They also plan to swim in the cool, refreshing  Bon Secour water.

Stephen Billings (Top Left) Returns To Kayak With Jason, Blake and Bob.

Stephen Billings Waves Goodbye For The Second Time After Kayaking With BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals, Foley, AL.

Upon leaving Billings says once again, “I’ll see you real soon!”  “River Rick” and “Beachin’ Betty” say they better get a locker with Billings’ name on it if he returns anytime soon!

The Hughs Family Returns Prepared For A Kayaking Adventure With BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals Of Foley, AL.

The Steven Hughes family have a different story to tell. Their initial kayaking visit to BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals didn’t go so well. The spur of the moment kayak trip meant they had no hats and the groceries they had just purchased for snacks to eat on the river were left behind at the store. The Hughes were good sports and paddled anyway.  They said they enjoyed the experience but were pretty worn out upon their return. They also said they enjoyed their visit and hoped to return soon.

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The Hughes family, Steven, Missy and sons return today each wearing a floppy hat and their coolers are filled with drinks and snacks and small enough to fit inside each kayak.  Missy proudly announces, “this time we are prepared!” The family kayaks the entire four hours and takes the opportunity to swim in the swimming hole before returning to the launch site.


We learn after the Hughes family completes their paddle they came to celebrate their 12 year wedding anniversary and to spend the day celebrating an early Father’s Day. We award the family “Victory Pops.” Missy and husband Steven celebrate by clicking their “Pina Colada-flavored” Popsicles as if to say, “Cheers!”

Steven, Missy Hughes And Sons Celebrate A 16 Yr Anniversary And Father's Day Kayaking With BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals In Foley, AL.

“River Rick” and “Beachin’ Betty” cannot believe that on this day Saturday, June  18, 2011 two separate groups return to kayak within days of their initial visit to BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals and both groups’ leaders are named Steve.

Two Families Tied As Having Kayaked And Referred Guests To BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals

Foley, AL — BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals is proud to announce the Luke and Teresa Calhoun family and the Porter Vardemon family both of  North Alabama are tied with each having returned to kayak with BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals four times and introducing new guests with each visit.

BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals relies heavily on guest referrals and to have such loyal guests in only the first season  is especially rewarding. Mr. Vardemon returned all four times within the first three months of opening. He keeps his favorite kayaking  hat on hand in the BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals office reserved for his return visits.

Porter Vardemon And Daughters Of North Alabama Kayaks The Bon Secour River in Foley, AL With BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals.

We look forward to learning which family will break the tie this year and welcome other families to join in the contest.

Following are photos of each family.

Pictured from Left: Teresa, Luke and Riley Enjoy Kayaking The Bon Secour River In Foley, AL With BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals.


Foley, AL — Summer at BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals officially begins when 22 members of a youth group from First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula led by Pastor Matt Turner arrive ready to float the 10 a.m.  kayak trip down the Bon … Continue reading

BeachnRiver Kayak Rental’s Septuagenarians Are First Kayakers Of Season

This Guest Admits She Is Age 70 Going On 25

FOLEY, AL — Temperatures the third week of May were unseasonably cool with an uncharacteristic Northerly wind  but that did not keep Jolynn and James Pybas of Louisville, KY, from enjoying an afternoon of paddling the Bon Secour River with BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals.

The effervescent Mrs. Pybas admits her age as “near 70 going on 25” she said. Her husband James agrees.

James Pybas From Kentucky Takes Of Kentucky Enjoys An Early Morning Kayak With BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals,