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  1. PeterB

    Walden Pond Wednesday evenings?

    I can't attend this week: back in action next week, Tuesday or Wednesday. Peter
  2. Patricia, Thanks for sharing your info: The Mount Desert Island area is a great for paddling at a wide variety of levels . There are four sides to the island, almost always an area protected from the weather and conditions, and we can select the paddling areas each day best suited to participants. In addition , there are some very protected bays, sounds, and also lovely inland ponds to paddle on. With20 + people, there will almost certainly be several trips per day so that people of all comfort levels may be accommodated, even on days with not-so=good weather and conditions. Monday, the last day we'll have a Long Pond practice , skills and fun session, designed for people to hit the road in the afternoon, wash off, or just chill after 3 days of paddling. Peter
  3. This is an update on the Downeast Retreat, which is now 4 weeks away (!) : at this time 22 people are RSVP'd and listed as attending, and all are part of a group PM where we are sharing pre-trip information. If you are planning to attend, it's important that you RSVP (" I'm going') in the calendar posting (Sept. 6th) asap. You will then be part of our group PM thread and be able to update your information (when arriving, when departing etc) on a google spreadsheet that we are all sharing. With over 20 people we may have 2-4 trips each day, each day's paddles will be planned at fairly short notice so that we may have the best marine weather information on which to plan our paddles, so the more information we all share, especially our contact information, the better. Thanks! Peter
  4. A small handful of us were at Walden last night and had a good time. The small boaters/ handicapped parking was mostly occupied with an adaptive paddlesports program , which made the whole arrive/park/depart operation worse than it already is. That program will continue on Tuesday evenings for the next 4 weeks, so we talked about Wednesday as a possible day for Walden sessions. Wednesdays would work for everyone present last night. Any feedback?
  5. PeterB

    Walden Pond this evening

    okay: seems that if they close the lot it oght to reopen around 5 with day users starting to depart. Very unpredictable: 2 of us were there on Wednesday , the place was hotter than the antechamber of Hell but the kayak parking lot was almost empty and the pond was pretty quiet.
  6. PeterB

    Walden Pond this evening

    I'll be going to Walden Pond after work today for a splash and some beat- the- heat- upside down time, if anyone would like to join me. I'm going to try to be there 4:30 to 5 PM , driving from Boston (Charlestown) so arrival will depend on how bad traffic is. Peter
  7. PeterB

    SOS on NDK kayak?

    Both are great boats. The Romany surf cockpit is for a bigger paddler , more akin to the Explorer HV cockpit (has knee bumps and a higher deck) than the Explorer cockpit. On paper the Romany surf is for paddlers 180 lbs and over, but I think 200 lbs and over might be a bit more accurate if paddled unloaded . It's a great kayak and if you're doing mostly workout paddles with no speed or mileage requirements it wouldn't matter between the two since you'd get your workout in the Romany surf to keep it at speed, , just that the Romany surf will move slower than the Explorer. . Maybe cockpit size and fit should be your biggest consideration : if you need a roomier cockpit, the Surf. If a less roomy cockpit, with the added feature of more speed , go with the Explorer. Both handle extremely well in wind and conditions and track superbly: they need minimal to no skeg.
  8. PeterB

    Walden this evening

    I'm feeling in need of some afternoon splash, so I'll be heading to Walden this afternoon, if anyone else is interested. I'll probably arrive around 5PM. Peter
  9. PeterB

    Cartopping kayaks

    There is much to be said for cartopping a kayak upside down. Right side up definitely presents a higher profile to the wind , ; I know because I often turn my boat upside down because only then does it fit under the narrow roof of the parking garage I must use now and then . It would stand to reason that that lower profile means less wind resistance, and can't be a bad thing. Otherwise, I suspect that there may be some difference in aerodynamics and air flow between backward and forward but it is probably nitpicky, not hugely significant. Its a kayak strapped to a car, and we'll all get there if it's well strapped r secured to the car. I'm inclined to think that, all told, superstition and custom (like passing to the right at the dinner table , it's just done that way ) are the biggest reasons kayaks are carried bow forward.
  10. PeterB

    Is my kayak viable for sea trips

    Jeff, A good approach would be to come with your boat to a lake practice session. The easiest would be Chebacco Lake on Thursdays. There's also Walden Pond on Tuesdays There you can mess around in your boat with other paddlers who have the kind of experience that you are seeking , talk through things , try out other peoples boats, etc. And have some fun while you're at it. I paddled a Perception Carolina a few years ago; on a trip I switched boats with someone who had a Carolina and paddled for about an hour; it seemed seaworthy; you'd be fine on the ocean in it, probably at first on a trip that would be in the L2 range. If you find ocean paddling to your liking, in time (could be sooner, could be later) you might naturally begin to want more out of your boat (speed, performance, lighter weight, whatever ) than the Carolina provides. A natural progression among the paddlers I know is to change to another kayak after some experience on the ocean gives them a better sense of what a kayak is all about and what they would then be looking for in the kayak they would take to sea ..
  11. Great to have local knowledge on this or any trip!
  12. This will be a repeat of two successful autumn trips to Lake George in 2016 and 2017. The goal will be to paddle and explore the islands in the middle of the lake amidst peak autumn foliage, camp at one of the many island campsites (uninhabited at this time of year), and hike to some peaks and ledges overlooking the lake, in the area of the Lake George Narrows, the Mother Bunch Islands , or on the shores of Tongue Mountain. Lake George is 32 miles long and @ 2 mies wide, and the middle third of the lake is mostly uninhabited and within Adirondack Park. Launch midday Friday October 18: return to the put-in midday Sunday October 20. The put-in will be from a small village and marina on the remote Eastern side of the Lake. From here there is great access to the lake’s best spots to explore: The Mother Bunch and Narrows Island groups, Paradise and Red Rock Bay , and hiking trail heads to Tongue Mountain and Shelving Rock. This put-in is a three hour drive from Concord NH area. Camping options are innumerable, as the islands have many campsites , uninhabited after Columbus Day so we'll have the choice of dozens of islands to ourselves. The campsites are well developed with picnic tables, firepits, and privy’s. This will be about an L3 paddling trip: Mileage per day is flexible, probably 12 miles or fewer. Paddling will be moderate, ambling and relaxed, focused on exploration and stops to explore and walk on foot We will likely tour the Narrows Islands and stop to hike to an overlook, either on Tongue Mountain or Shelving Rock. The main requirement for this trip is to be equipped for autumn camping: being able to stay warm and dry in cold wet weather. (suitable tent, sleeping bag, shelter, and cold/wet weather clothing and outerwear, dry set of clothes while not paddling) Weather might just be Indian summer, but also might be wet, raw and cold. Drysuits are highly recommended , as staying warm and dry while off the water will be required. We can get off the water at any time quickly, no tides or currents, but wind waves can be significant, especially at the middle of the day. Water temperatures will be in the 50's, air temps anywhere from mid-40's to 60's or even higher. If you are interested , please RSVP (I’m going) in the October 18 calendar listing for this event. Contact PeterB by PM on the message board if you have questions. We will plan trip details by group PM .
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    This will be a repeat of two successful autumn trips to Lake George in 2016 and 2017. The goal will be to paddle and explore the islands in the middle of the lake amidst peak autumn foliage, camp at one of the many island campsites (uninhabited at this time of year), and hike to some peaks and ledges overlooking the lake in the area of the Lake George Narrows, the Mother Bunch Islands , or on the shores of Tongue Mountain. Launch midday on Friday Oct 18, return to the put- in midday Sunday Oct 20. The put-in will be from a small village and marina on the remote Eastern side of the Lake This will be about an L3 paddling trip: Mileage per day is flexible, probably 12miles or fewer. Paddling will be moderate, ambling and relaxed, focused on exploration and stops to explore and walk on foot. We will likely tour the Narrows islands and stop to hike to an overlook , either on Tongue Mountain or Shelving Rock. For more details, see the Posting in the trips forum If you are interested , please RSVP here in the calendar posting (I’m going) contact PeterB PM on the message board for more information if needed and we will plan details by group PM .
  14. PeterB

    Walden today?

    Anyone going to Walden Pond this evening? I plan to go. Peter
  15. I had wanted to explore the extreme northeastern bit of Casco Bay, between the Bailey-Orr’s peninsula and Cape Small , so I posted a trip at fairly short notice and , happily, got some enthusiastic takers, so; after a few additions and cancellations and a bit of communication on the PM forum, we ended up a group of three and fixed on a trip that would focus on Ragged Island (one of the areas largest islands that sits at the head of the bay) and then a roughly counterclockwise tour of the bay tailored to conditions and time constraints. Conditions looked perfect for such a venture: seas 2-3 feet (as they played out, I would say 1.5-2.5 foot seas ) S. winds to 10 knots, mostly sunny ,with air temperatures around 70 degrees F. Our trio ended up paddling in: one drysuit, one Gore Tex bib with drytop, and one wetsuit with splash top, and all of us were fairly comfy for the day, never too cold and never too hot although close to it at times. So, at around 9:45, three of us did a low tide launch from the gravel beach next to H20 outfitters and the Salt Cod Café where we had converged ($5 launch and parking fee for this favorite spot ) and headed out of Wills Gut underneath the Bailey Island Bridge, or Cribstone Bridge, admiring and discussing its uniqueness, its beauty, and its historic structure as we paddled. "The Cribstone bridge was built in 1927-28 to connect Orrs and Bailey Islands, “using granite slabs as cribstones, acquired from local quarries in nearby Yarmouth, Maine. The slabs were laid horizontally, first lengthwise, and then crosswise, in several layers. No mortar or cement was used. Granite slabs were considered sufficiently heavy to withstand wind and wave, while the open cribbing allowed the tide to ebb and flow freely without increasing tidal current to any great degree. The Bailey Island Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Placesand is reported to be the only granite cribstone bridge in the world.” Emerging from Wills Gut , we could see all the way to Cape Small on this lovely clear day, and passed the first chain of ledges, punctuated by Pond Island, then set our sights for Ragged Island, about a nautical mile away. On our crossing we passed by the Middle Ground Ledges where waves were crashing in a number of directions over nearly exposed rocks ,so we did a tight skirt around their north side, then reached Ragged Island , where we did a full circumnav. of the island , in and out of a number of hump -like ledges on its seaward facing side, looking for a landing spot, and admiring the island's beauty the entire way , but with one eye on the incoming crash of waves. There were no idyllic landing spots on Ragged Island at this the lower half of the tide, but we found a cove suitable for a lunch stop, made up mostly of with volleyball- sized rocks , where our parked kayaks served as hourglasses, of sorts: We timed our lunch stop by returning to our boats just when the rising tide began to tickle their sterns. We decided to continue our planned counterclockwise route for the rest of the day, starting with a crossing of a little over 2 NM to Flag Island ,close to the Cape Small side of the bay , passing by the Sisters ledges on the way. Stopping briefly in a cove at the end of Flag, we set on a return plan, hopping from island to island . ledge to ledge in an arc that would return us to the Cribstone bride. As we paddled, the wind and tide began to turn our outing into a bit of slog , and by the time we reached Ram Island, the last of our ledges efore returning , we were paddling in a bit of bump, and a wind of maybe 11-12 knots, a wind speed Joe had confirmed on his weather app. during a brief stop at the Sisters ledges. Funneling back into Wills Gut, we had a happy high -tide take out at our H20 gravel beach this tim e with a kayak carry of something like 5 feet, considerably less than for our put in. We had a fast debrief chat , looked over Joe's GPS track of our journey (13.7 NM, 15.3 statute miles.) , which showed that our crossings were generally straight but on that last crossing to Ram Island we had not used any ranges or vectors , and we were pushed north a bit by the wind and tide, so the the GPS track showed a little hump at that end of our return route, a classic "pursuit curve”. In all , It was a fun to spend a day on the ocean with duo of redoubtable paddling buddies. I would return to that area in a heartbeat, and would not be surprised to find myself back there in the not- too -distant future. I'm thin king that a version of this trip , catching Ragged Island but perhaps even including a Sebascodegan Island circumnav., would be just grand.