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  1. jmcotton

    The Ice is Out!

    Are you referring to Kezar Lake in Center Lovell, ME? I can't open the image you posted. Is the ice off the lake? I spent my first 52 summers on that lake! My family is planning a reunion there this summer. I'd love to paddle there any weekend that the lake is clear. It would also be fun to see the ice harvesting.
  2. jmcotton

    NSPN Winter Party

    We had another wonderful club party and benefit raffle on Saturday night. Thirty one NSPN members signed up with 6 unable to attend so it was a full house with added partners. And it was a beautiful full house at Mike and Betsy's home. A big thank you to both of them for opening up their home to all of us after the traditional Gould Barn location was no longer feasible due to a hefty rental increase. Having it at Mike and Betsy's home rather than the barn was really nice as there were many naturally shifting conversation groupings and interactions without the usual round tables where people sat for the whole event. This group does know how to cook and eat! There were large spreads of tasty delights beginning with mulled cider, homemade appetizers of spring rolls and lobster sushi to name a few and then table laden with main dishes and salad. The dessert area was impressive. People outdid themselves, though I'm always amazed at the gourmet meals prepared on the island camping trips! Many people helped out by showing up early and staying late to set up and clean up. I was much relieved there were no colorful spills in Betsy's gorgeous art room where we had the raffle. Thanks to Kelsey for all her work with the raffle! The donations are always impressive. We'd like to thank everyone who donated items or their expertise and time. I think it's always good to note who donated in recognition and thanks. So here's the list! Thanks to Newbury Kayak and Canoe for donating a Kokatat Paddling Jacket and an OR command deck bag. They have also stepped up to the plate with allowing us to use their space for some of our events. Thanks to Greg Paquin of Wavology for donating a Peak UK PFD. Yes Pru, it's a snazzy color and great as I was happy to win that! Thanks to awesome coaches for donating trainings and private lessons -John Carmody, Carl and Sam Ladd ,Bob Levine and Kevin Beckwith. People are very excited! Thanks to some of our club artists (Nancy Priest, Shari Gallant, Betsy Habich and myself) for donating artwork. We have a lot more artists out there to contribute next year! Thanks to Turner Wilson and Cheri Perry for donating 2 DVD's Plus a number of fun items donated by NSPN to make for a fun raffle. 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will go to MITA, Maine Coastal Heritage Trust and Salem Sound Watch. To everyone who came, thanks for making it a great party. To all who couldn't make it, come next year! See you all on the water! Janice and Prudence
  3. jmcotton

    NSPN Midwinter Party 1/20 is Fast Approaching!!

    I'll bring a main meal- probably vegetarian. Janice
  4. jmcotton

    NSPN Midwinter Party, Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Yes! A party update should be coming out today or tomorrow! I hope to see lots of people there. Don't forget to sign up on the calendar as a PM list will be going out with directions, etc. Janice
  5. jmcotton

    Newest Sea Kayak Leaders

    Congratulations Cathy and Pru! thats wonderful news! Woohoo!
  6. jmcotton

    Squam Lake, Oct 6-8, 2017

    Great pictures and trip report. Sorry I missed it this year!
  7. jmcotton

    Fourth Annual NSPN Bar Harbor Retreat

    As always, wonderful photos and reporting Pru. Thanks. The MDI retreat always provides great company, great paddling, great food and many options of paddling and non paddling things to do. Mark your calendars for next year!
  8. jmcotton

    Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor, Maine, 9.10.17

    It was a great paddle and as always great companionship. Thanks Gary for organizing it and doing the trip report! Yong did a wonderful job with leading the group and plotting the course. It was funny to see that huge cruise ship slowly start up and take aim at us as we hurried across the channel against wind and tide and then let out 5 blasts at the 5 of us! What a great weekend. It's on my calendar for next year. Janice
  9. Thanks Cathy for your detailed post. It's really helpful to read the processing of this and to learn from it. Glad it all worked out! Janice
  10. jmcotton

    Toyota Highlander (08-13) kayak carry?

    I had a 2006 Highlander and bought a Thule areoblade rack to go with the factory roof rack as I wanted to be able to carry two kayaks using the Thule glide and set. The only way I could comfortably get kayaks on top of the car myself was with the glide and set and without the areoblades the kayaks were too close together. I really liked the system as I could move the cross bars far apart for safer travel. I now have a Honda CR-V with the Honda roof rack set into the top of the car and I have no choice where to put the Thule feet. I don't like it as much as the crossbars are much closer together. The Honda is a little smaller in size so it's easier for me to get my kayak on top. I don't know if the Highlander 08-13 models are different from the 2006. Good luck! Janice
  11. jmcotton

    Spray skirt question

    I hope it works for you! I had to figure out which model I have. I have the Glacier Trek Flirt. It does not have the reinforced fabric around the front portion of sprayskirt so it stretches a little easier. I like the flirt model as the tunnel is not so tall. You can also get the skirt wet and leave it on your kayak for a day to help stretch it some. Practice coming out of your boat in shallow water with someone standing besides you in case you have difficulties before you go on a paddle. I did that with Lorrie when I had the expedition model and neither of us could get the skirt off! When I got my current spray skirt we did the same thing and I was easily able to do it.
  12. jmcotton

    Spray skirt question

    Nick, I had the same problem with my first neoprene spray skirt. I'd broken my wrist in the winter and bought an expedition model neoprene skirt which was really reinforced. I had a hard time getting it on, let alone off. I replaced it with the snap dragon model and I can get it off several different ways now. I can pinch the side and pull it off, I can use the emergency strap, I can push it forward and off and if need be I could probably climb out of it as it velcros around the waist. The pushing forward then up is the key. My first spray skirt was nylon and I got used to it just easily popping off so I had to practice the forward push, then up. Good luck!
  13. jmcotton

    Chebacco Thursday June 22

    Boat is on my car It does looks like good day to get wet! I'll be there by about 5:45 Janice
  14. jmcotton

    2017 CAM On-Water Training #2 June 17

    I will be away this weekend so need to take myself off the list of people going. Sorry I'll miss it. Thanks for stepping up Mike! Janice
  15. jmcotton

    Chebacco Lake on Thursday evenings

    I can't make it this Thursday - heading up to Maine early Friday I plan to be there next Thursday. There are usually people there Jane, but good to check! Janice