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  1. Great trip report(s), Prudence: thank you! Now: birds again -- first avian photo showed a tern, yes; but you cannot say for certain "common tern", for the common and the Arctic are too similar to differentiate unless in the hand! Hence "comic". <I> cannot tell the difference: I learned this from a professor of "bird-ology" (or whatever -- oh, ornithology, I mean). Your juvenile kittiwake was certainly a black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), as opposed to the similar red-legged (R. brevirostris), who lives on the other ocean and, finally, your gannets are, of course, the northern (Movus bassanus), as opposed to M. capensis, with whom I am much more familiar -- the cape gannet. To see gannets feeding on a shoal is really astounding and wonderful! It always reminded me of the Bayeux tapestry, depicting the rain of arrows coming down on the Saxons from the Norman archers -- yes, the birds diving look just like that! Dreadful shame about the avian 'flu victims you encountered...and that is the reason that Massachusetts poultrymen are not allowed to sell eggs that are totally free-range. The authorities are scared that birds unfenced-in and uncovered might be infected by wild birds...other states must be less concerned, for you can find free-range eggs from NJ, PA, etc. quite easily. You certainly had some fun along the way: I'm green with envy!
  2. Joe, I must congratulate you -- you appear to have paddled (bored?) right <through> the seawall out there, near the Salvages! Your kayak must be mega-tough! Nice piccies! I look forward to paddling with you one of these days; but I work odd hours...
  3. Joe and Nancy are quite right, of course: you don't need any compass rose on your charts -- and, in any case, variation changes all the time (well, every year or two). Cleaner (on your charts) to make the correction in your head. (Cadbury's Dairy Milk Very Tasty tells you which way to go to make the addition or subtraction, where Cadbury's = compass; Dairy = deviation (irrelevant here, since no electrical circuits or ferrous objects in your kayak); Milk = magnetic; Very = variation and Tasty = true). As Nancy says, deviation is something quite different; but <was> relevant for me in a former life. It can be quite alarming to see your magnetic compass change its apparent reading as you turn on some electrical circuit or other!
  4. <Changing from the Thule Square bars that I've used forever, to the Tesla wing has proved a pain> Excuse the hijack; but Billy's point (see quote) is, indeed, valid: Thule have seen fit to manufacture equipment (bars and suchlike) that can last almost a lifetime if you take good care of them (as I do); but now, having changed vehicles recently, I find that the podium feet and adapters are no longer made to fit my bars -- major cost ahead, I fear! Damn! Sorry: you may go back to mainstream of the thread (I think it was already veering off-course...?
  5. Jim, I have no idea how sand gets into your ferrule; but I simply dry my paddles off on my towel, post paddle -- every time. No problems here. I second what Mike wrote above.
  6. <...at high water the island would be claustrophobic...> And ever increasingly so, due global warming and rising sea levels, Joe? Therefore thanks; but no, thanks! I reckon I'll hang onto my money...(anyway, who'd ever come and visit me???)
  7. You lot: what does DSC stand for, please? What does AIS stand for, too? Lord, you'd think we were all experts here, with the acronyms flying around all over the place...
  8. With all due respect to Dan (and the AMC), I was once on an AMC trip up at Beal's Island and was unimpressed with their organizational attitude/skills. The best part of the weekend was the side-trip that some of us attending NSPN members made up into the narrows above the camp. A group of us went up there to join forces and paddling the Sheepscot was the main event; but...leadership? Hmm... Much better to learn through NSPN! Somewhere I still have all my leadership training notes from Scott Camlin; but -- sorry -- I'm not sure I know where to find them right now.
  9. Good man, Leon: thanks so much for those links! I have a very tenuous connection to the area myself: on my solo cross-country, waaaay back, I landed on the disused airfield at Leiston (barely a mile inland from Sizewell, one of Britain's nuclear power stations, then under construction) when bad weather forced me down. The airfield seems to have almost disappeared now, returned to agriculture, although traces of the runways are quite obvious in the satellite pictures. Evidently it had been handed over to the USAF for the duration and was a fighter base (three squadrons of P-51s). What a courageous story, too! Thanks!
  10. Might this be of any interest, I wonder? (I have absolutely no experience of it, mind you) https://www.outdoorplay.com/products/malone-handi-kayak-roof-rack
  11. Mortsyn Nairb, Olleh! When are you going to grace us with your presence again? ;^)
  12. See here, too: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60662541 in which, right near the end of the article, someone is quoted as saying that they are on their way home via South Georgia "to pay their respects to "The Boss" " -- a rather touching finale.
  13. Oh, PeterB: the one man I might count upon to mention Burnham Wood and Dunsinane in the same breath! Good on yer, mate! ;^)
  14. <As many of you may know...> I had absolutely no idea, Les: thanks for the news, dear friend. I shall be writing...
  15. Glad, read Nick's post just three above yours, my dear... <Still available items: <AMP Dry Suit - $500 <Bomber Gear Touring skirt $40 <Immersion Research skirt $40> Understand now?
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