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  1. love it. He almost got 'flanked' at 4:14 :-)
  2. Gary, please add me to the mailing list. I'm not sure yet when I will launch but the night paddle sounds like a great idea. Rene
  3. I second the support for multi club outing - it was a perfect finish to a paddling season for many. Even though some of us will paddle some more...
  4. I would be in for a group buy too. 2 large, one day hatch, or perhaps double that.
  5. The Eastern Prom beach has storage racks for kayaks and small boats. I think it goes about $200 for the season or something like that.
  6. How could they know she pushed the paddle away? Just curious.
  7. I was one of the advisors when they first considered having a meetup presence. If I remember correctly one of the main reasons was to better control attendance and organization of their trips and cleanups.
  8. Excellent report on a great trip with great company! Here are a few shots I have:
  9. I generally tend to gravitate towards warmer bag. Manufacturers temp recommendations are usually somewhat optimistic. If I wanted only 1 bag and didn't plan to do winter camping then I would go with a 20 degree bag. After all, if a bag is too hot then it can be unzipped partially or completely and used as a blanket. Camping in Maine the temperatures can plunge quite low even during summer months. ...but I am an old, decrepit hermit and over time I accumulated a number of sleeping bags so I probably have a bag for every season + more weird stuff like top quilts and a bag for 2... :-)
  10. I bring a cotton shirt to wear around the island when kayak camping. I find it more comfortable in the summer days than any other garment. That is as far as I will go for kayak camping.
  11. Well, by definition there is need for cotton for the days when the temperatures are too hot. Right? And in between too hot and cold is normal. Normal means you can wear cotton and you won't die. Normal means if your cotton garment gets wet or damp then the sun and your body heat will dry it out. Once we realize cotton won't kill us we should also focus on how cotton functions on our body during various activities. Lounging around the camp, or casually walking around in cotton tshirt is totally fine. Paddling with a cotton tshirt on might be detrimental as the wet cotton clings to the body and could induce skin wear in most frequented folds. Let's talk about benefits of cotton: around a campfire, cotton is much more spark resistant than synthetic garments. And what about those pesky Northerners waxing their cotton garments to make them water resistant? :-) They must be onto something. And what about those hardy Canadians using Cotton Anoraks camping in temperatures much colder than what we usually get to ?
  12. aww crap. Peter had a new boat and I did not say anything :-) To my defense I've seen him in several boats over time and thought it was just one of those ;-) Here are some additional pictures that might paint our trip: Our (Cath, Bob, Chip and I) launch from Cousins Island went without a hitch and soonafter we had a nice break on Bangs Island Brief break on Stave Island, observing manmade tidal pool draining during outgoing tide For those into hammocking, here was my setup for the weekend Our Saturday circumnavigation of Long Island It was great meeting new friends. In this photo, Roger and my paddling buddy Bob Warren can't help himself from promoting sea kayaking one smile at a time :-) Return to Jewell, to our campsite beach just in time to have a nice hike around the island Cocktail Cove at dusk
  13. Hi Ed, Both are Nordkapps :-) Cheers, Rene
  14. Too bad we were both napping. It would have been nice to connect. We had a nice campfire that night. The tent site was unoccupied as we were both in hammocks.
  15. I have my kokatat tall boots for colder months but I just received a new pair of water shoes today that I will use from June to September. I think they are called Columbia Ventsock. I tried them on today and they feel great. Enough support on the sole to be comfortable on the rocks and pebbles and not too much volume in front to add unnecessary tightness under the deck.
  16. I'd say leaning forward would probably give you the added percentage versus tacking. In addition I also read the waves I'm paddling against and optimize my stroke on the downward slope of the waves, essentially trying to always paddle 'downhill'. At some point however paddling into the wind is so annoying that I just deploy my chute and call for a rescue. (JK!)
  17. I would like to add that a broken wooden greenland paddle is awesome to dislodge the crud that builds up between the wheel and the internal fender. That is my extended paddle winter technique :-)
  18. good thing we all live close to Maine and could utilize our free weekend time to explore. In addition to that my bucket list is more for trips that pretty much require a retirement... ;-) (please make a donation) Magdalene islands Coast of Maine in one trip northern forest water trail a week in everglades camping one more trip to Mingan NP
  19. We paddled in from Brooksville. We actually had somewhat of a hard time finding the campsites on Calderwood but did manage to find them. The northeastern site is good for 2 tents with a nice beach. The spot is marked by dry sea urchins on branches. The southern site is quite a ways uphill from the shore, there is a way to camp on the footpath next to the shore there but it's not totally flat.
  20. We were nearby that weekend on Calderwood Island off the coast of North Haven (sort of between IAH and North Haven). The winds on Saturday were strong enough to carry some of our tents off the campsite and to fray a guyline of my tent as it was hitting a rock while vibrating in the wind all day. We decided not to paddle that day. It was an anti Quixotic decision ;-)
  21. they'll keep trying, eroding public opinion, twisting and turning until they get their way.
  22. Hi Gary, Try these: www.hawkvittles.com/order They have them available in one or two person servings.
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