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  1. Prompted by inquiries by NSPN members, the MITA Trail Committee recently took up the subject of NSPN Trip Report postings and private island information. We understand that the past NSPN guidance has been to omit pictures and direct references to privately owned islands on the Trail. We are unsure of the history of this practice; although we understand and appreciate that the motivation has been out of respect for island owner privacy and promotion of responsible use. We believe that it is ok for NSPN members to post pictures and describe their experiences visiting both private and public islands on the NSPN Trip Report Board. We say this out of MITA’s trust for NSPN members and considering that the trip reports are a modest means of promoting use by responsible users. However, recognizing that the trip reports may not contain all of the information necessary to plan a visit to these places, we ask that the following disclaimer be added to such reports……. Access to coastal islands is a privilege built on landowner trust and visitor care. Visitation guidelines vary by island and owner expectations can change from year to year. When planning a trip, please be sure you have the most up to date information for each island, and be a mindful guest when you visit. The Maine Island Trail Association is a good source of information about many coastal Maine islands open for recreational use, www.MITA.org. MITA membership is the best way to keep current and support responsible use and stewardship of these special places. The intent is to make sure that readers of reports understand that the NSPN trip report is not the equivalent of the information MITA provides in the guide and App, and that the owner’s wishes are more likely to be understood and respected with full and current information. As you know many islands have areas open for visitation and areas that are not. Visits to some islands are restricted to parts of the season due to nesting seabirds. Some owners ask that visitors call in advance to obtain permission/reservations. Owner wishes may change from year to year. Island and mainland sites are able to be identified as part of the Maine Island Trail on the basis of trust and a handshake. We also have trust that NSPN members understand the special relationship with island owners flows to users through MITA. MITA is continually working to improve the trail, and to support access, responsible use, and care for these special places. Thanks NSPN, we look forward to seeing you on the trail. If there are questions please respond to this positing, private message to me, or by email to MITA’s Program Director Brian Marcaurelle, [email protected]
  2. MITA is doing the Casco Bay cleanup that day meeting at East End Beach at 9am, returning at 3pm. I am signed up for the cleanup. I have an extra slot if someone is interested.
  3. Excellent cornucopia of paddle trip photos Gary. I think I have most of them. See below in white 1. Umbagog 2. ??Hockmock Bay 3. Hay 4.Steves 5.Marshall Island 6.Jewell Island 7. Trott 8. Crow Cranberry 9. Bois Bubert 10. Cross Island 11. Fort Island 12. Little Ram? 13. Duck Harbor 14. ??? 15. Dunno 16. Ram Sheepscot 17. Lobster Lake 18. Goslings 19. Big Baker 20. Lobster Buoy Campground 21. Black Island 22??? 23 Head Harbor Island
  4. Glad to see Bob is still doing his spam cooking. Some things should never change
  5. It looks like you all managed to squeeze out a lot of fun from a relatively challenging time of weather. I am not surprised by that given the people participating in it. I hope to join you next year for sure.
  6. Yesterday, I got a message that Old Quarry has opened for the season. Good news keeping the hope of a long-term solution alive.
  7. I got notice that Old Quarry is reopening for the season yesterday. Good news folks! Lets support Old Quarry and keep the hope alive.
  8. At this point, I am guessing it is safe to assume that Maine's policy is not going to change between here and the end of the year. How many of the folks signed up would be willing to get a COVID test in accordance with the present policy? See the Maine CDC website for details about the travel policy.
  9. I know that Maine requirements for quarantine have caused a lot of consternation but speaking as a Mainer it is good policy. It appears that CV will be with us all for a lot longer than we would hope so we have to err on protectiveness. If you dont think so just look at the data for North Carolina, Florida, Texas and other states. So much for the virus disappearing with warm weather. But there is hope: See the emboldened text below and link to the latest Maine CDC guidance. Here is a link to the latest advisories related to travel into Maine. https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml#travel What do I do if I'm traveling or returning to Maine from out of state? It is mandated that all out-of-state travelers coming into Maine, as well as Maine residents returning to Maine, complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. This means: You need to arrive with enough food for 14 days or arrange to have food delivered to you. You cannot go out to grocery stores. Stay at home. You cannot go out to public places. Avoid contact with others, especially those who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness. The State will allow adults who obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 test ideally within the past 72 hours to forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine. Maine is strongly urging visitors to “Know Before You Go,” meaning they should get tested and receive their test results in their home state before traveling to Maine, which will allow them to take appropriate action depending on the result. Individuals may be tested upon arrival in Maine as well, but they must quarantine while awaiting the results. Additionally, the State will exempt residents of New Hampshire and Vermont from the testing and 14-day quarantine requirement altogether because, when adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar to that in Maine. This exemption is effective immediately for travel and effective June 12 for stays in lodging establishments. People who are not residents of Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont and are visiting Maine will be asked to sign a Certificate of Compliance indicating either that they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine. This compliance form must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging, campgrounds, seasonal rentals, overnight camps, and other commercial lodging, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test result upon request. It will become effective July 1 (Stage 3) when lodging establishments may begin serving residents outside of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
  10. David. We should add some reflective strips and put some balls from our pool tables into the empty hatches of our boats if we want to be better lures. I have joked with a friend about posting nutritional information on the bottom of our boats.
  11. On MCHT Boot Cove Preserve north of Cutler Harbor on the Bold Coast. It was a cleanup. The hull is still there some of the contents, wiring, etc that were scattered on the beach were removed.
  12. Excellent selection Gary here are my choices: 1. Hurricane Island 2. Cross Island? 3. Cutler VLF Radar Station, 4. ?? 5. Crotch Island Spoil Piles 6. Eastport Maine, 7. Vinalhaven 8. Shipstern Island 9 Settlement Quarry 10? 11. Hurricane Island Again 12?? 13?? 14?? 15. Green Island. 16. Phippsberg near Malaga Island 17?? 18 Cant see the picture
  13. Totally awesome pictures Gary. Thanks for doing this.
  14. Fun trip Joe. Thanks for the comic relief! Who fears a little virus when facing 15 foot seas?
  15. Thanks for the reminder that the little bastards are back on the move How long does doxy keep?. I have a supply that is over two years old. Here is a link to a company selling tick removal and identification kits. The best setup I have seen https://mainelyticks.com/shop/
  16. Joe I am interested for sure but I dont know if the dates will work for me. MITA just secured permission from the State to list two locations along the Bold Coast as campsites and day use. I believe that they will allow for on the order of 6 people. One of the locations is a sweet spot in Sand Cove that should be conducive to landing on a Sand Beach in all but the roughest conditions. The other location requires a landing on a steep cobble beach at the south end of the State of Maine Cutler Coastal Preserve Land. The information on these campsites will be in the 2020 MITA Guidebook which should be ready sometime in June.
  17. Adding to the avalanche of bail outs, a conflict came up and I will be unable to attend. Please someone take my spot.
  18. Kate, from my perspective the primary difference about the Ottowa River is huge flows. The average flow is over 64,000 cubic feet per second and can be 120,000 cfs. My recollection is that when I paddled the Ottawa with friends back in the late 1980s, the flow was about 25,000 cfs which was scary big and pushy. For comparison the average flow for the Kennebec River is on the order of 9,000 cfs. Rafting dam releases on the Kennebec are on the order of 4,000 and 8.000 cfs. You see whirlpools like that on the Grand Canyon also. We rafted the GC in Sept 2016 at about 10,000 cfs and witnessed a guy fall of a SUP board in a minor rapid and get sucked under twice by relatively small whirlpools. All that said, those testosterone laden whitewater boaters are intentionally sticking their small volume boats into the whirlpools and with a little forward momentum, they could probably blow through them. The key is to keep paddling.
  19. All. I may have mentioned a video shot on the Ottawa River in Canada of kayakers in whirlpools. I paddled that river in the summer in the mid 1980s and experienced the big wave and whirlpool action, friends and their boats disappearing the reappearing 30 to 40 feet downstream with/without helmets and paddles. Amazing and scary power of a real big river flow. The key is to keep some momentum up and keep padding through them. Watch to the end of the film clip for a very long submersion. Hold your nose to avoid testosterone poisoning if you have to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uZ903SrdBA
  20. I am certainly interested, you and Mel are really fun to paddle with too.
  21. Very nice images and report. Thanks for sharing it.
  22. As a Trustee of the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), I am asking for your help with an ongoing strategic planning effort. Please take the following ELECTRONIC SURVEY to tell us about your interests in boating on the Maine coast. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Five people who complete the survey by midnight on Tuesday April 30 will be randomly chosen to win one of FIVE $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES from L.L.Bean. Thanks in advance for your input!
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