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This event repeats every week on Tuesday for 8 occurrences


If you are coming, please let others know by posting on the NSPN Trips forum - start a new forum post if you are the first one to RSVP for the week. You can always update your RSVP if your plans change. If the RSVP numbers are low, or weather looks poor, this event may be cancelled! Check the NSPN Trips forum on the day of the event, as there may be a discussion about changes or cancellation.
On Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, we'll get together in the Concord, MA area to paddle, practice, and socialize. Unless posted otherwise on the Trips forum, the main group will plan to set off from the boat launch area at Walden Pond (approximately 915 Walden St, Concord, MA) at 5PM each Tuesday. The gates close around 7:30PM, so we'll be off the water well before that happens. We sometimes gather for dinner afterwards - speak up a day or two before if you're interested in going out after the pond session.
If the weather is gorgeous and it looks like Walden will be over-crowded, we may decide to relocate to a nearby river or White's Pond. Again, check the Trips forum for any changes in plan.
 
Here's some boilerplate that will apply to all of our Tuesday sessions:
All sessions are open to any NSPN member in any watercraft. New members are especially welcome. PFDs and signed NSPN waivers are required. If you want to get on the water before the group launch at 5PM, let us know, bring a signed waiver, and leave it on your windshield for the rest of the group to sign when arriving. For Walden, we'll meet you at our usual spot at 5.
 
For anyone who hasn't been to Walden Pond before with the group, here's some detailed information that Bill Voss put together for last year's sessions, with addresses, parking fees, and a map of our usual practice area:
https://www.nspn.org/forum/calendar/event/1201-walden-wednesday-plan-b-white-pond/

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This event repeats every week until 08/28/2019


This series of paddles takes place on (surprise!) Wednesdays, and provides a midweek opportunity to paddle on a different day from the lake sessions. Most of the launches will be in the Salem Sound area, but can branch out to between Boston and Gloucester.
Here is a description of a typical Wednesday Lunch paddle:
Meet at launch at 10:00. Beach Briefing at 10:20. On the water and paddling at 10:30am. 1-1.5 hours of paddling to lunch location 1 hour of lunch, conversation, and relaxation 1-1.5 hours of paddling to return to launch Return around 3:00. These paddles are most appropriate for independent paddlers with ocean paddling experience.  The Wednesday paddles are cooperative adventures, not guided trips. Each participant is responsible for her/his own safety. Don’t assume the trip initiators are smarter, stronger, better at rough water, more attractive, or more skilled paddlers than you are. For more information, see this description of our trip philosophy from the NSPN web site.
Typically on the Monday before the trip, we will post specific information about the trip on the Trips Forum.  The post's message thread can be used for RSVPs and other questions concerning the specific trip.
If you haven’t paddled with one of us before, please get in touch with one us via private message before signing up. Before departing for the launch location, please consult your favorite sources to determine wind, tide, and sea conditions, so you are aware of the trip environment for that day.
Each week's venue will be selected taking expected conditions into account. In general, the trip will only be canceled for extreme conditions and thunderstorms.
We look forward to you joining us for an enjoyable day of paddling and picnicing! Please private message us with any questions you may have.
Your faithful trip organizers,
Joe  Berkovitz (profile)
Bob Levine (profile).

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This event repeats every week on Thursday for 16 occurrences


Come join us at Chebacco Lake in Hamilton on Thursdays at 5pm until sunset though the summer. Practice strokes, rolls, rescues, falling out of your boat, or just watching kingfishers.  Dress for immersion.  A wetsuit is warm enough in early season, and keeps down the bruises from climbing back into your boat ten times a night.
We meet at the boat ramp at the south end of the lake, and hang out in the cove to the left of the ramp. You can either get off 128 at Pine st (exit 16) and head north on the dirt road, or find Chebacco road off Rt 22 in Essex and avoid the dirt. No entrance fees. No rangers to kick us out at the end of the evening, but the mosquitoes do the job just fine.

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This will be the 5thNSPN retreat to Saddleback Island in the Stonington Archipelago.  We have reserved the Saddleback Cabin from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust for the nights of July 19 to July 21.
Saddleback will be our base camp; a wonderful rustic cabin is equipped with bunkbeds , kitchen, fireplace, a stove and kitchen wares; there is also a  privy/outhouse .  
 Launch from Old Quarry Adventures Campground on Friday midday/ early afternoon  for a protected paddle of 2.5 nm  to Saddleback Island,  with day trips (probably one to two groups depending on weather conditions and group preferences)  on Saturday and Sunday, returning  to Old Quarry on midday. 
See the Trip posting in the Trips forum of the message board for more information 

TO JOIN THIS TRIP
Trip limit is 6. 
The cabin accommodates 6 persons, in accordance with the rules set by MCHT.  A fee of $87.50  paid in advance reserves your spot on this trip.  
You can pay by Paypal (preferable)  to pbrady at neaq dot org, or by personal check to Peter Brady: PM me ( PeterB)  for details  
 Please RSVP here  in the calendar posting here along with your payment. : (I’m going’)
 
The cabin has been reserved for $525 (that’s $175 a night) so the six participants share  in these expenses. 
Trip members must bring their own water, food and personal effects (sleeping bag etc)
 

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