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Nancy Hill

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  1. I wish I lived closer so I could join you. It is too far for a day-trip for me. I did paddle in that area once a long time ago. I paddled from the crib bridge to Hemit Island Campground via Elm, Flag and Wood Islands. It was a nice trip across the bay with big swells coming in. I hope you'll post a trip report. I'll be in that area in July and will be looking for paddling routes/ideas. -Nancy
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    Saturday, May 25 Odiorne to Rye Harbor Round Trip

    Wayne and I will look forward to joining you.
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    May 7 - Walden Pond at 5PM, Comella's restaurant at 7:30

    I will not be able to make it, after all. 😞 I had a cortisone shot in my shoulder today and can't paddle (use my shoulder) for the next 5 days. I will be out of town the following week. I'll get there eventually.
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    Walden-area Tuesdays

    This sounds like a great idea, Dan. See you on May 7th! Thank you for your planning.
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    L2 Trip - Malaga Island, Phippsburg, ME

    Count me in, Jane.
  6. Nancy Hill

    Crossing President Roads

    I just went through a bunch of photos from 4/17/16 of a trip from City Point, going with the tide out through President Roads, past the tip of Deer Island, then turning east (crossing North and South Channels) on to Calf Island. I remember the day very well and there was no boat traffic. The only boats I see in my photos are a tanker way off The Graves and a Tugboat heading out to it. Here's a picture from Calf Island looking toward Deer Island. It was a Monday. I think off season is your best bet.
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    Solo loading

    Hmmm....my VW wagon has the "eyebrow" above the rear window. It never occurred to me that it wouldn't be strong enough to support the kayak, as I pushed it up along the edge of it. This is what I have been doing for about 5 years, with no damage. Perhaps it depends on the car. I use a fuzzy bathmat with rubbery side against the car.
  8. Name some paddling locations you expect to visit in 2019 or 2020 for which you don't already own a chart: Nova Scotia If you DO own some charts, how do prefer to get them? (buy online, marine supply store, print them myself...) I have purchased some and make and print many of my own. I use Rose Point Navigation Coastal Explorer. I print them on legal size paper and have them laminated at Staples. I should look into having them printed on waterproof paper. If you were to BUY a chart, would you choose a $25 waterproof chart or an identical $10 paper chart? Waterproof. How much would you be willing to pay to BORROW a waterproof chart that you didn't have for the duration of an NSPN trip? ($0 is a valid answer) I would not borrow a chart. Which of the following do you NOT currently own? waterproof chart case, deck compass, handheld compass, marine radio, tow belt, helmet. I own all of those.
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    Thanksgiving Weekend at Walden

    Due to the unseasonably cold weather over the coming week, rolling at Walden will have to wait until another year. I wouldn't be surprised if there is ice on the pond by Friday. So, it's hiking instead of rolling. Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
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    Squam Lake, Oct 19-21, 2018

    It was a wonderful weekend, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Here's a link to some photos I put on F/B. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1980991891993925&type=1&l=45fed764b4 -Nancy
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    Thanksgiving Weekend at Walden

    Many years ago the traditional last gathering of the season of Walden Qajaq Society at Walden Pond was the Friday after Thanksgiving. Sometimes the gate was still open and other times we had to wheel our kayaks down to the water on carts. Often it was cold, but after a few refreshing, face numbing rolls one became accustomed to the water temperature. It was a group with SOF kayaks, drysuits and tuiliqs which kept us warm. You don't need a skin-on-frame kayak to join in the fun (but bring one if you have one!), but you do need a way to keep dry and warm if you plan to roll. Please reply here if you are interested. I'll post something a week or so before Thanksgiving if there is enough interest in reviving this custom. Below is a poor quality (it was a long time ago, after-all) video from the day after Thanksgiving in 2009, when I tired the elbow roll for the first time. - Nancy Hill
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    Do you wax your kayak?

    No. That is not what you want. Here is what I have, although any good marine wax should be fine. http://www.meguiars.com/en/marine/products/m6332-flagship-premium-marine-wax-32oz/
  13. Nancy Hill

    Do you wax your kayak?

    Meguiar's Flagship Premium Marine Wax.
  14. Nancy Hill

    Walden Wednesday - 5/30/2018

    I should be able to make it by around 3:00.
  15. Nancy Hill

    North Shore Polar Kayak for sale

    I own the same kayak (different color). I love it. It is very well behaved, especially in following seas and surf where many kayaks want to broach or yaw. This is one of the few kayaks I have owned where the cockpit is equally comfortable for me (5'4") or my 5'10" husband. It is my favorite kayak for camping, as it swallows up gear, although you do not feel like you are paddling a big kayak due to the great cockpit design. These are very popular kayaks in other countries. I am not sure why Valley/North Shore never marketed it here. I've only seen a few around. It's a great kayak.