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  1. I have been entirely happy with the solid, but I am also gentle with my paddle, don't use it to push off of rocks or pole off the sand, etc.
  2. I only use paddles custom made by Don Beale, Beale Paddles. He has been making them for many years and has a variety of styles and finishes. He is very interactive in the process, checking to be sure the size is right for you, and he ships them out for you to try before he accepts payment. He's one of the good people of this world. As for using a GP, I absolutely did not like it the first time I tried one - the feel of it in the water is different. But friends kept handing me one, and before long I had set aside my euro-paddle forever. There are pluses and minuses - as you've noted, the GP is easier on the joints, no question. It simply cannot serve as well in an all-out sprint, such as you might want for catching a surfing wave. It's unparalleled for rolling, makes rolling an actual joy, which I guess is why there are so many rolling aficionados in the GP world. There's also something about using a tool that is so extremely simple and made of natural materials that is very satisfying. I wore out my first Beale paddle (still have it as a spare) after about 15 years of use, and am trying hard to wear out the second. I also have a storm paddle that fits nicely on the deck as a spare, which has never been needed and will likely last me for as long as I'm kayaking. Kate
  3. Gary, I've read them both and heartily second your recommendations. Not the least because the second journey was led by a woman.
  4. The $3 version contains photos as well, which I thought worth the extra cost.
  5. Currently reading "Tent Life in Siberia" by George Kennan, which was a $3 kindle download. Exceedingly well-written with wry sense of humor and self-deprecation. Apparently was a best-seller in its day. He goes out looking for adventure by signing on to an expedition to map out a telegraph line from the US over the Bering Strait to Siberia, in the mid-1800's. I also really enjoyed "Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak", about a grandmother with very little prior kayaking experience who decided to solo kayak the Northwest Passage in the 1990's. Utterly inspiring. Yes she does meet up with polar bears.... I bought the book used. Kate
  6. I recently took my synthetic 20-degree bag to Maine where temps were upper 20's (my estimate) at night, frost coating the world in the morning. The bag was barely sufficient coupled with merino wool underlayer. But when I added a $20 Thermolite poly sleeping bag liner I was plenty toasty. It's a pretty cheap accessory and takes up almost no space.
  7. Look up top there under the NSPN header on the left. There is a Downloads link.
  8. I second the Kokatat recommendation. Have used this since 2004, Kokatat replaced it twice for free when the waterproofing deteriorated (which inevitably happens with any dry suit), so I now have another new dry suit that will last me until this waterproofing deteriorates. At which point I'll get another free new dry suit.
  9. So you launched from Carrying Place Cove, how interesting. I have hiked that short trail (having attended several Zen retreats at the one-time Coast Guard station up the road), and drove over to the far side to look for a place to put in a boat, but never really considered that trail's end as a launch point. I am changing my mind now.... it certainly is ideal for exploring the upper reaches of the Bold Coast while skipping the long stretch from Lubec Narrows. It seems like you earned your joyous trips by camping through the hurricane. I'm glad it went so well in a year when so little has gone well.
  10. Prudence, He was given the option to send test results to them, from that time period. He did not have it... I don't know how much they charged him. Also, he does not have a personal residence there (he stayed at his mom's vacation home) which is where you are supposed to quarantine. I don't offer an opinion as to whether this makes sense or is legal or anything like that. Just telling the cautionary tale.
  11. A friend did a family day-trip from his home in MA to Maine. Went through the highway toll gates both ways. Got a notice via mail that he'd been tracked coming and going through the gates within a 48 hr period which meant he hadn't quarantined. They fined him.
  12. Where is the water coming in? At the rand, or through the neoprene?
  13. At risk of really making everyone wince, here is why you do NOT want to use a knife with a sharp point to cut yourself (or someone else) out of a sprayskirt. This incident was a major safety discussion topic in the whitewater world at the time. A tragedy where the rescue became the cause of death. Seriously, check that spray skirt loop every time. https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Accident/detail/accidentid/465
  14. You can buy it used for a few bucks. I am happy to lend out my copy, too (bought used). Totally worth $39 though!
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