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  1. Romaine's sunset paddle: A preview of 2021's "A road less paddled by" trip, for those of you who want to make a true multi-sport weekend of it:
  2. This year's Squam Lake camping trip featured some of the most pleasant weather and paddling conditions that we've ever seen there. Daytime temps were in the high 70s, overnight lows in the high 50s, and the wind was most notably absent. Fall foliage was still a bit muted along the Squam Ridge that forms the northern backdrop for our paddles, but the maples and cranberries in the wetland coves we visited were ablaze. This was the year for paddling in shorts and t-shirts, for lunchtime swims and sunbathing on sun-warmed rocky ledges, for sunsets tinged with a hint of wildfire smoke, for sunset paddles and pre-dawn paddles, for close encounters with loons, and socially-distanced encounters with other looney types.
  3. Last call for Squam camping - please get in touch if you'd like to join us.
  4. Bumping this trip posting to gauge if there's additional interest. This trip and the RSVP deadline was announced in the "before times". Given the slightly different world we now find ourselves in, I'm thinking that if this trip goes forward, it will be limited to 6 campers (two tents on opposite ends of each camping platform ought to allow for social/snorer distancing). I'm asking now for anyone who would consider going to Squam this year *if COVID rates and regulations in New England stay approximately what they are today* to get in touch - either by RSVPing on the calendar, posting below, or sending me a private message.
  5. I was going to suggest that maybe this tongue of cobbles is all that remains of some prehistoric breach in the causeway and the outflow of material flowing from north to south. But given the protected harbor to the north, I'd suspect any breach would result in waves flushing TO the north. I also wondered if the causeway was man-made and there used to be a breach there. But this suggests no: https://patch.com/massachusetts/marblehead/when-was-the-causeway-built Looking at the bigger picture, it's also in-line with the transition from deep to shallow blue water that extends out on the nautical chart. Looking at the aerial, I'd swear there's a culvert or some sort of outflow creating your "parallel depression to the east". But there isn't, right? I wonder if the lifeguards see rip currents setting up there.
  6. AMC and other larger outdoor groups have started putting out COVID-19 best practices and resources for outdoor trip leaders. You might find these useful in developing your own personal philosophy toward managing and minimizing risk, and finding your personal comfort level in group activities. Feel free to add links to policies and best practices guidelines from other outdoor groups similar to ours. AMC: Required COVID-19 video training for all AMC outdoor leaders (1 hr): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p38G8Htukg Checklist for resuming AMC group outdoor activities (Phase 2 is applicable to us): https://cdn.outdoors.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/21093342/OLDCVolActRubric_FINAL.pdf NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association) : June 11, 2020 Guidance: https://www.nemba.org/news/nemba-covid-guidance-individual-and-group-rides
  7. Today's Globe has a pretty good summary of the latest changes to state travel restrictions. As always, check the state's website for the actual regulations. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/06/25/nation/list-current-travel-advisories-due-covid-19-northeast/ A list of current travel advisories due to COVID-19 in the Northeast By Amanda Kaufman Globe Staff,Updated June 25, 2020 With parts of the United States seeing their coronavirus numbers rise, threatening to wipe out two months of progress, some states in the Northeast are implementing new travel restrictions to ensure the number of cases continue to trend downward. On Wednesday, the US saw its highest one-day total of new confirmed COVID-19 cases with 34,700, the highest level since late April, according to a Johns Hopkins University count. Here are the current travel restrictions in Northeastern states. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced Wednesday they are issuing new travel advisories, beginning Thursday, that urge people arriving from states with high coronavirus infection rates to self-quarantine for 14 days. Advertisement The new guidance applies to anyone traveling to the tri-state area from states with new daily positive test rates higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or from states with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. As of Thursday, the states that meet the criteria are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. Massachusetts People arriving to Massachusetts are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days regardless of where they are arriving from, according to a state advisory that has been in place since March 27. Massachusetts currently has a “safer-at-home” advisory in place, which asks residents to “leave home only for healthcare, worship and permitted work, shopping, and outdoor activities.” Rhode Island Rhode Island’s travel restrictions have largely been lifted. A 14-day quarantine is in place for people who are returning to Rhode Island from an area that is under a stay-at-home order or similar type of restriction. Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday she was considering requiring visitors from areas with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine, similar to the advisories enacted in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Advertisement “I am likely to do something very similar, if not the same,” she said. Vermont Visitors can avoid quarantine requirements when arriving in Vermont if their home county has less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per 1 million residents. The state has also advised that residents who are returning by car from counties in New England or New York that have similar active caseloads to Vermont don’t need to quarantine. Maine The state mandates that all out-of-state travelers who are visiting Maine, and Maine residents who are returning home, quarantine for 14 days when arriving. However, people who test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of arriving in Maine don’t have to quarantine. Residents of New Hampshire and Vermont are exempt from the testing and quarantine requirements because the number of active coronavirus cases in those states is similar to Maine’s. Those who are visiting Maine but are not a Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont resident will be asked to sign a form saying they have tested negative for COVID-19, are planning to complete the 14-day quarantine, or have already completed their quarantine. On Friday, June 26, when Maine lodging establishments are allowed to serve people who are not residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine, the form must be provided to check-in at campgrounds, seasonal rentals, overnight camps, and other commercial lodging, like Airbnb. New Hampshire The state is encouraging people to remain in their home state until additional restrictions are lifted. Advertisement Those who are planning to visit, regardless of where they are coming from, are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and are encouraged to follow the latest travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  8. Glad you dodged the weather. The front rolled through here a little after noon, and while there wasn't much (any?) lightning, the amount of water coming down within the first minute of the storm's arrival far exceeded the usual cats/dogs/buckets metaphors. What's the status of the landing ramp in the crook of Straitsmouth?
  9. I also found it really helpful, and it was great to be able to ask questions directly to the guys who create our local weather. I'll try to post the YouTube versions once they get the recordings online. Here's a screenshot I took so I could go back and learn more about how winds spiral into and out of low and high pressure areas.
  10. Full details here: https://www.weather.gov/box/webinars Upcoming Webinars: Date Event Registration Tuesday, June 23 (7 PM) Weather 101 Register Here Learn basic concepts of meteorology. Geared toward "beginners" Thursday, July 2 (7 PM) Marine Forecasting (for boaters & others) Register Here Basic forecasting for boaters (wind and waves, storms, "rules of thumb" Tuesday, July 7 (7 PM) Severe Weather 101 Register Here Learn basic concepts of meteorology. Geared toward "beginners" (All webinars will be recorded and posted on our YouTube page) Topics for Future Webinars (Dates To Be Determined): - Weather 202 (More in-depth meteorology concepts but not too technical) - Severe Weather 101 (Learn basic concepts of severe weather) - Severe Weather 202 (Forecasting severe weather. More in-depth but not too technical) - Radar Interpretation 101 (Learn basic concepts of interpreting radar data) - Southern New England Tornadoes - Tropical Weather 101 (Learn basic concepts about hurricanes) - Climate 101 (Learn basic concepts about the climatology of southern New England) - Winter Weather 101 (Learn basic concepts about winter storms and different precipitation types) - Memorable Southern New England Storms - Navigating Our Website (How to find what you need) - NWS Hazard Simplification
  11. I think your weather forecast got copied over from week #2. If not, please send some of that 55-degree air inland, where it's going to be pushing 90 on Wednesday! I'm seeing this for June 10th off Marblehead: Wednesday high 68 F. SE wind 7 to 10 kt increasing to 10 to 13 kt in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
  12. Please join me from the comfort of your own comfy chair or survival bunker for an hour of virtual socializing and storytelling with your fellow NSPN paddlers-in-exile. Two changes to our semi-regular virtual hangouts this week: 1. This is no longer a recurring weekly event - it's going to be scheduled "as available" from now on and may shift around to different days and times. It just so happens that Tuesday evening right after work is still the most convenient time for me, so for this week it's still at Tuesday 5:00-6:15PM. 2. We will no longer be discussing "things we can't do", or "places we can't go", or "why we are no longer talking about things we can't do or places we can't go". Suggested alternative topics: "the fun thing I did outdoors recently", "you would not believe the cat video I just watched", and "here are some things we learned on our last socially-distanced paddling trip". Thanks in advance for keeping things positive! At the anointed hour, click the following link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5846086194 Zoom meeting ID: 584-608-6194
  13. Perhaps this could be added to the NH section of the "covid banner" on the site. https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/out-state-visitors
  14. Tonight is the last of the currently-scheduled video chats on Tuesday nights from 5-6. Given the warmer weather, increased daylight hours, and more opportunities to get outside and on the water, we can discuss (both here in this thread and during tonight's chat) whether we want to continue meeting weekly at this time, switch the times up a bit, or change the frequency that we get together virtually. Hope you can join us! Details at the top of the thread.
  15. Just a reminder, we'll be paddling the virtual waters tonight at 5PM. Details at the top of the thread.
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