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  1. jwhipple

    Odiorne 9/5

    Possible to put me on the waiting list? Judy
  2. Hmmm ... near as I can tell, it seems to have been developed by an individual (https://twitter.com/cambecc) chiefly for educational purposes, using government-sourced (NOAA, etc.) public domain data. Or that's what it looks like to me ...
  3. This website, showing global winds live, really gives a powerful picture of today's nor'easter ... https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-76.97,36.49,1811
  4. Hi Cathy - I'm interested in joining you, too! And I'm kinda uncertain where the put-in is ... Thanks, Judy
  5. I second (third?) the recommendation of Paradis Marin, if you want to camp. The name means marine paradise, and that's a pretty good description. It's right on the St. Lawrence just a few miles north of Saguenay; you can sit on the rocks and watch the whales go by, or go out and paddle with them. I went with a SMSKN trip many years ago; they went July 4th weekend, which turned out to be a bit early for whales (though we saw lots of belugas). Air temp was very hot but water temp called for a drysuit! That weekend coincided with Canada Day (their national holiday, July 1), so the big campground was chock full of Quebecers enjoying their outdoors — good for people-watching, probably quieter other weekends. Anyway, my two cents. Judy
  6. Count me in, too, please! (And the suggested timing looks fine.) Judy
  7. I'm in, too! Will PM you with the info, though you won't likely see it before morning. Thanks for posting the trip!
  8. Article in the current NY Times Magazine about primitive navigation; the featured scientists include John Huth: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/magazine/the-secrets-of-the-wave-pilots.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below
  9. Apropos of cabin fever (inspired by Peter’s note about the party in January), who has reading to nominate for kayakers in need of winter distractions? Or maybe suggestions for friends or family to put under their favorite kayaker’s Christmas tree? For those of you interested in coastal processes who’ve wanted to understand what forces have shaped (and are reshaping) our varied coastlines, I suggest BEACHES AND COASTS, by Richard Davis and Duncan FitzGerald. It’s a college text, so is chock full of content, from global influences like plate tectonics and glaciers to local processes like longshore sediment transport and formation of tidal deltas (both important factors in the Crane’s Beach area, I learned). One of the authors (FitzGerald) is local, and some of his research interests are local, so a fair number of the examples are from New England. My only quibble is that the book tends to focus more on changing shorelines than rocky coasts (my favorites), but I suppose the rocky ones stay put for too long to be as interesting to researchers, beyond understanding how they came to be formed. As an introductory-level text, it’s written in fairly plain English, though it’s more of a reference book than something you’d want to read through from cover to cover. Also, being a text, new copies are pricey, though used copies and an ebook version are readily available online. If you’re interested in checking it out, here’s a link with more info: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0632043083.html Another option: those of you 58+ with flexible weekday schedules might have interest in auditing FitzGerald’s spring semester undergrad course on the subject at BU’s Boston campus, through the university’s Evergreen Program (a fantastic program for auditors, by the way). The course, Introduction to Beach and Shoreline Processes, uses this book as its text, expands on it and makes the material very accessible. I audited the course last spring, and wallowed happily in the stuff all semester. Okay, now, who else has reading suggestions?
  10. I'm coming, too ... thanks for posting this, Christopher!
  11. Thanks so much, Brian! Your detailed advice was much appreciated (and needed) ...
  12. Thanks so much, Brian! And I note your earlier post in this thread describing an oil/varnish mix. Just to follow up, so I'm clear about it: do you recommend self-mixing it, and if so at 50:50? Or is there a pre-mixed blend (Formby or other) that you'd trust? Thanks ...
  13. To add a wrinkle to the discussion ... I'm noting a few comments elsewhere online to the effect that LAMINATED greenland paddles shouldn't be refinished with oil, the argument being that the varying woods and glue involved need something more protectant such as epoxy, spar varnish, etc.. I'd be grateful for any thoughts you paddle wizards may have on this.
  14. What is the order of presentations tonight: Labrador first, followed by Newfoundland? Or Newfoundland first? Thanks ...
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