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9th Annual Jewell I. Kayak Camping, May 19-21, 2017


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Level 3 trip that especially welcomes new kayak campers, and a reunion for those of us who don't see each other often enough. Here's a great opportunity for you paddlers who would like to try kayak-camping without the pesky bugs (beware of ticks!). This will be the 9th annual trip to Jewell, which has multiple campsite options and latrines. This trip will be cross-posted to MITA and SMSKN, so I will limit the NSPN contingent to 10, with waitlist.  We typically have 10 or more (2016=record of 19!) paddlers, but an upper limit has not been established.
The Common Adventure Model (CAM) will be adopted.

The SUGGESTED itinerary is as follows:

FRIDAY: Arrive at _____ (multiple launch site options, with each pod working out details privately or on NSPN Message Board under "trips") on Friday, May 19, in plenty of time for a 10:00am launch (HT-0553). Choose from the following launch sites, or others:  Cousin's Island, Winslow Park, Dolphin Marina, and Bug Light (S. Portland).  If you are new to kayak camping, you may need extra time packing your boat, so plan to arrive no later than 0900. 

SATURDAY: Agenda TBD-bring your ideas for a day paddle or island activities (HT-0631). Prior trips have included Whaleboat/Little Whaleboat, Potts Harbor, Greens, Eagle, Great Diamond geocaching, Jewell's WW1 and WW2 military installations, and general camaraderie/gourmet foods around the camp fire.

SUNDAY: Back to cars via ???? (HT-0730).

If you would like to join this group of friendly paddlers, or have any questions about this trip or camping in general, Private Message (PM) me. When you can commit, please RSVP on the calendar and PM the following information to your specific launch pod organizer:
-Auto color, make, model, and tag# (If Cousins Island please register details with with Yarmouth PD).
-Contact info, including cell, Es, H,W phone, emergency contact and permission to share with participants.


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7 hours ago, mharrison said:

I'm assuming water conditions require the use of a dry suit for that time of year? I only ask because it's the one large piece of kit that my husband and I don't have yet.

Maine waters in May can be quite chilly, so I would think that a drysuit would be called for.  As an option, you might be able to rent suits for the weekend: http://www.paddleboston.com/rentals/drysuit.php

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