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  1. Another resource if you can get it-Maine Public Coastal Access Guide (3 vol): https://www10.informe.org/webshop_ifw/index.php?p=6780&c=&storeID=8
  2. The additional aft tether is a little cumbersome, but without it, a paddler friend has reported missing one during a day (luckily) trip. I don the crocs as soon as I exit the boat, taking my chances on the first few foot plants, snot or not.
  3. With fond memories of our previous weekend’s trip still fresh in our minds, we conjured up a similar trip that would get us back in the canoe, before diminishing water flows would put us behind the eight-ball for a river trip. The two choices were: 1) continue the southward, lower section of the Pemi, beyond the impassible Livermore Falls, or 2) paddle on one of its major tributaries. As always, we checked the river data, and called one of the local canoe/kayak/tube liveries in Plymouth. We settled on #2, after consulting yet another resource, a 30-year old AMC river guide that indicated we could launch from our planned spot, given the water level was only slightly below average. Upon scouting an appropriate launch site near the bridge, we had second thoughts about the plans for a 20+ mile paddle, given the late hour, and the bony-looking riverbed from our vantage point. Nonetheless, our blood was up for an adventure, given the Q20 doldrums, and the phenomenal weather. Luckily, the first few hundred yards gave us the most bottom scratches than the remainder of the trip, and we quickly entered Paradise corridor. Numerous riffles, crystal-clear water, serpentine course, gravel and rocky beaches, steep sand/clay/rocky shorelines, and the only canoe on the river for seven hours on a glorious Memorial Day weekend! Aside from the rare proximity to the highway, and the laboring lumberyard, a more serene river trip I have never had. Before the first hour had expired, we were delighted to find a supreme lunch spot – sandy landing beach with adjacent “harbor,” rocky promontory, and a deep swimming hole. We were in no hurry to leave this spot, and lingered for a full hour, enjoying our lunch and Mother Nature’s glory. After some consideration/deliberation, the old man found the courage to jump straight into the swimming hole, without regret, though the water was not a little cold. Regretfully, with many miles to go, we resumed the trip down the undulating river, and remarked of the foolishness/bravery of Powell’s trip down the Colorado; no such danger on this day. Riverside bamboo was our frequent companion on this river, and we frequently pointed out to one another the various geological features of the riverbank composition, including layers of clay that was “scaling“ into the river, near-perfect pieces of pottery, unbaked. Toppled trees, boulders, and a rare group of tubers sharpened our paddling skills, the captain and his first mate scouting standing, and comfortably seated at the bow, respectively. ripsmov.m4v We were in no hurry, and our timepieces confirmed that, as the river finally discreetly nuzzled into its mother at 6:15 PM. We pulled out 1/4 mile past the bridge into downtown, car-topped the staged vehicle, and drove to retrieve the launch car, first stopping for supper at The Common Café in Rumney Village. We were delighted with the scrumptious, hearty meals, and the friendly owners-well worth the very short trip from the highway. Ocean, lakes, ponds, rivers, puddles – it doesn’t matter just get out there. ANTS (Aqueous Nature Therapy Solutions) are the best medicine for Q20! Link to track here
  4. Everyone has the best ideas for tricking out their cockpits: I'll share mine. The school bus is 17 years old, and seen a lot of coastline and customizations. I removed the original footpegs in favor of some closedcell foam pads against the bulkhead. No ordinary foam, 2 YMCA kiddie swim aids @$5 each, back-to-back, surrounded by homemade elastic straps (bike inner tube material). The pads just happen to fit snugly against the bulkhead, without trimming. The pad setup doubles as a secondary paddle float. A solid pool noodle serves as a heel support, and this is cut such that the ends meet up snugly with the bottom of the footpeg track. This is replaced every year because of degradation. Be sure to carry an extra in your trunk, as they have been known to disappear at highway speeds if you don't use a cockpit cover. After burning through the heels of my neoprene socks, I tried to find a low-friction pad where my heels "travel." Originally, thick but pliable plastic rectangles were used (roll-up cutting sheets, plastic note binder covers, or the like. I currently use a piece of soft vinyl flooring material. Four D-ring pads (one is not stainless-the black sheep!) are secured to the floor with marine epoxy, and serve as anchor points for a 6L dromedary. Left picture below is shown without bungee cord, as I only add bungee on safari with dromedary. I know of a paddler who reported getting tangled in that web during self-rescue practice! My pump is secured under the cockpit roof, the end near me with (epoxied) velcro strap, and the distal part (pump handle) resting atop the pads. Lastly, in lieu of a back-band, I use a paddle float filled to a comfortable degree, ready to deploy when needed. Sponge and kayak carrying straps are tucked aft of the float. Aside from foaming out a seat, what are some of your customized features/fittings?
  5. You can search the archives for other ways to make your own charts, but the simplest venue for me is CalTopo. If not familiar with CalTopo, review the “getting started” post here: You can construct your own chartlet by selecting an area that you are intending to paddle. My Mac allows a print screen with a shortcut (command/shift/4). I place a 6.5 X 7.5” poster-thickness cutout over my screen so the screenshot will be proportionate to the standard 8.5X11 final print. The screenshot appears in the desktop; do not “save” your screenshot until you have finished annotating! Here is my screenshot which I have renamed muscle: When you open up your screenshot on the desktop the top menu bar allows “tools.” Select “tools”, and scroll down to “annotate.” Here you will be able to select lines, arrows, and multiple other shapes. For my magnetic north lines I choose “line”, and an editable line appears on screenshot (note: you can customize the width and color of your lines). Now go back to CalTopo (which you have minimized), and select “measure” in the upper menu bar. Select “take bearing” from the drop-down menu. Select (click) a fixed point near the center of your chart area, near the bottom, then extend your line until the MN reads 360/0°. This will be your reference line for your screenshot. Now go back to your screenshot and reorient/drag the MN line such that it mirrors exactly what you had obtained through CalTopo. Back to CalTopo to now measure “distance” from that same drop-down menu. Depending on the scale of your chart that you are saving, select ½, 1, or 2. nautical miles for spacing of your MN lines. With the “measure distance” tool click on any point/feature and extend the line perpendicular to MN to a chart feature and distance interval you have chosen. IN screenshot, choose “line” again, and extend/drag/orient the line such that it mirrors the MN distance interval line you obtained from CalTopo. This will now serve as your guide for spacing of your MN lines, which, while not exact, will be "close enough." Highlight the MN line, choose line thickness/color that pleases you, then copy X 5. These copies will remain parallel to your original MN reference. Move lines individually by click/hold/drag of non-highlighted lines. When finished spacing and adding text your screenshot will look like this: Your finished chartlet will look something like this (without the header): When you have finished ALL of your annotating, save screenshot and rename, if you like. Open up again, and export as PDF to your desktop. Build another chartlet and print both, place back to back and laminate at your local Fedex. If you have any questions when attempting this exercise ON YOUR MAC COMPUTER, feel free to PM me, and we can walk through the process over the phone/Zoom.
  6. With the indefinite postponement of our Allagash trip, in the thick of Q 20, we decided a more local day trip was in order. We had seen glimpses of the usually-bony Pemigewasset River from the interstate on trips north, and were worried that there might not be enough water for a paddle. A check of a few previous trip reports indicated that the minimum flow without lining the canoe was 400 CFS. The day before our planned trip the graph was reading 700, and we were optimistic that projected thunderstorms traveling through the area the night before our Saturday trip would benefit the plan. Sure enough, the flow skyrocketed to greater than 3000 overnight, and we were on the road by 8 o’clock. We staged one car at the takeout in Campton At Blair Bridge, a covered bridge dating back to 1870. As expected, the current was quite lively, and downstream we could see some action at the falls. 20 minutes later we were at the put in on Death Valley Road in Woodstock, just below another set of falls. The trip would be approximately 14 miles at a good clip. We pushed off under cloudy skies, 55F, and WNW of 10. The first half of the trip was uneventful, with sparse wildlife (white ducks with black hoods?), Including one bald eagle and kingfisher – par for the course. We stopped for lunch in an eddy under a very steep embankment, enjoying veggie sandwiches, chips, and mapled walnuts. Unlike the upper stretches of the Pemi, highway noise was a constant companion, routes 3 and I 93 contributing to the overall distraction from the beautiful flowing river. Our track shows an average speed of 4.3kn, with a max of 7kn. After the quick paddle we made haste to the Woodstock Inn and Brewery for take-away of Portobello sandwiches, french fries, and coleslaw, enjoyed at a picnic table behind the fire station in North Woodstock, overlooking the more lively upper section of the river.It was good to be dipping our paddles in the water, finally–a great remedy for the postponed Jewell trip, originally planned for this very weekend.
  7. PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON NSPN CALENDAR UNTIL YOU HAVE SENT YOUR PAYMENT. All the information is included in the calendar posting above.
  8. I shared Ed's comments above with an Allagash outfitter I've been corresponding with and his reply (I've bolded his salient point): Hi Gary,You sure have a valid argument (case). I have not heard it explained this way, but I might repeat your explanation. You could pay North Maine Woods fees by phone with a credit card if this helps you. Their phone number is 207-435-6213.Please do not get me involved.Best regards,
  9. ...or making the requisite stops @ Amato's, Standard Bakery, and Pat's Pizza. I don't really see how this could be enforceable?
  10. 1. If I'm paddling with my phone in "airplane" mode, and I've allowed "location services" for GAIA only (for recording a track), can CG find me? 2. If my phone is shut down, this is of no help-correct? 3. What "mode" is your phone in when paddling? 4. Anybody NOT paddling with a phone aboard? 5. This is valuable supplemental technology, though not a concern for me on the water, as I always travel with my VHF. T or F? 6. Who uses their phone (with waterproof case [recommend]) in lieu of VHF? This would be of help if i'm hiking Marshall (with my phone), slip, and tear up my ankle. Rescue heli can land on the abandoned airstrip!
  11. 1. After a visit to Owls Head Light, Kyle and I were game for an extended paddle back to Lobster Bouy Campground. We left the group, rounded the NE tip of Sheep I., and paddled southerly ~1M before arriving here: 1. What is the small island behind the nun @ 187° mag? Marblehead 2. What is the island to left, and what bearing in line with the tip of Kyle’s bow? Fisherman; 164° mag 2. The long sandbar and beachside roses lured me in for a look-see of the campsite on Georgehead I., Stonington. 1. What island is circled, at a bearing of 93.5° mag? Ram 2. Name the islands at the pink, blue, and black arrows, respectively? A good application of the “rule of hues.” Spruce, Bare, St. Helena 3. On a trip throuth the Muscle Ridge archipelago, I spy the “target” on Sprucehead I. through my high-powered binoculars, @ 280° mag. From my position, a bearing to Two Bush Light reads 208° mag. Using TRIANGULATION, locate my GPS position. end of “Pile” on chart; 44.0008°, -69.0630°/ 44°.00.049’, -69°.03.781’ 4. On our safari to VHeaven, we stopped on ______ I., climbed the hill, and enjoyed the view and lunch. Rob wondered what island he was (purple) tethered to. I shot a bearing to the island mid-point; it read 204° mag. 1. Name the island he is tethered to. SheepSheep 2. Name the green, black, yellow, and orange-arrowed landforms. Bald, Eagle, Grass Ledge, Fling Bald, Eagle, Grass Ledge, Fling BONUS POINTS 5. On a solo trip to Muscongus Bay many years ago, this lowly-experienced paddler awaited the seas to flatten a bit before crossing to Thief to camp for the night. My compass reads 215° mag to the center of Thief I. 1. Where am I (GPS waypoint)? SW point of Cow; 43.9585°, -69.3957°/43°57.508’, -69°23.742’ 2. What island is to the left, and what is my bearing to there? Wreck-200° mag 3. What is the distance to Thief I.? ~1.83M Answers can be revealed by highlighting space following questions (white lettering). 1 83M
  12. Of course Joe is correct Re: resolution. The beauty of printing your own 8.5 X 11" CalTopo chartlet to laminate, is that they are still cheap and very easy (fewer steps) to customize/print/laminate, especially if you are getting 2 chartlets/laminate. They stack nicely under your deck bungies. I am generally satisfied with less detail of the chartlet printed in a smaller scale; I can zoom in and get more detail for areas I will likely be paddling, then build more charts. As an example, the smaller scale (~1:56K) chart of the Stonington area here gives me an overall layout of the area, with loss of some aids to navigation (central blue area): I can then customize 2 larger scale (~1:53K) charts from this area, and label them Stonington N and Stonington S, the latter shown here: Note I have adjusted the interval between MN lines. Here are a few more examples of my customized charts: Muscle Ridge S.pdf Jewell chart2.pdf(Note the added lat/long references)
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    Level 3 trip that especially welcomes new kayak campers, and a reunion for those of us who don't see each other often enough. Here's a great opportunity for you paddlers who would like to try kayak-camping without the pesky bugs (beware of ticks!). This will be the 12th annual trip to Jewell, which has multiple campsite options and latrines. We typically have 10 or more (2016=record of 19!) paddlers, but an upper limit has not been established. The Common Adventure Model (CAM) will be adopted The SUGGESTED itinerary is as follows: Th or FRIDAY: Arrive at _____ (multiple launch site options, with each pod working out details privately or on NSPN Message Board under "trips") on Th or Fri, Oct 1 or 2, in plenty of time for a ______am launch (HT-1144 (Th); 12N (Fri)). If you are new to kayak camping, you may need extra time packing your boat, so plan on arriving no later than _______. SATURDAY: Agenda TBD-bring your ideas for a day paddle or island activities (HT-0722). Prior trips have included Whaleboat/Little Whaleboat, Potts Harbor, Greens, Eagle, Great Diamond geocaching, Jewell's WW1 and WW2 military installations, and general camaraderie/gourmet foods around the camp fire. SUNDAY: Back to cars via ???? (HT-1323). If you would like to join this group of friendly paddlers, or have any questions about this trip or camping in general, Private Message (PM) me. When you can commit, please RSVP on the calendar and PM the following information to your specific pod organizer, when that has been sorted out, close to event: -Auto color, make, model, and tag#. -Contact info, including cell, emergency contact and permission to share with participants. RSVP preference given to original (May) cast of characters. gary
  14. You could print @ home if you have a color copier, but I prefer to print and laminate at my local Fedex/kinkos. I'll mention this in an upcoming post on customized charts.
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