Monday, August 11, 2014
Supermoon, Sebago Lake, Raymond, ME
Body Of Water: Sebago Lake
Directions: From Portland, take Rt. 302 through Windham and into Raymond. Stay on Rt. 302 through Raymond. After the intersection for Rt. 302 and 121 the launch site/public beach will be on the left.
Parking: There is ample parking here, however, we were there in the evening and most people were already off the water. I have driven by here during the summer, and the parking area is sometimes full.
Bathroom: There are portapotties available.
Fees: No fees
Notes: Maine law requires any boat to have lights when on the water at night.
Paddling at night can be dangerous. Even with the experience I have being on the water, being on the water at night is a whole new ballgame. I would not paddle at night unless I was with other people and unless those people had a strong familiarity with the area on which we were going to paddle.
This summer we have had two supermoons. Being on the water is a very cool way to experience the supermoon. Last night I had the opportunity to be in the water with about 40 other kayaks and one stand up paddle board. There is a group in the Sebago Lake region, called "Windham/Raymond Paddling Club." This group is organized through the social networking site called "Meetup.com" and is run by a man named Bill Allen. Bill owns Sebago Trails Paddling Company, located in Windham. I think my favorite part of this group is that Bill is able to offer kayaking adventures for people who do not own their own boats. The events he organizes range from 2-3 hours and people can rent a kayak, paddle, and life jacket for $20 per excursion. That is a steal! I also love that people who have their own equipment are able to join in the events and share the love of the water with others who love kayaking and some who are just learning. Last night I ran into a man and his mom who I had met on a previos meetup event. This time they brought kayaks they had bought instead of renting. It is cool to see people learning about and enjoying kayaking. He asked me, if by chance, I was MaineKayakGirl... Guilty as charged!! (This is the second day in a row I have been 'recognized'... I don't have my picture here on the blog, but there must be something recognizable about me as it pertains to kayaking! I'll take it... there are far worse things for which I could be identified!)
By the way, Click Here to go to Bill's site. (Bill has this blog linked to his site, so I hope he doesn't mind that I am sharing his site here!)
Sebago Lake is a place I have spent very little time. Truth be told, it is intimidating. It is a huge lake and if the wind comes up the waves on the lake can be large. In addition there is a lot of boat traffic here, A LOT... and many of the boats are here because they have a need for speed. I have launched form this site only once before, during the day last time. I remember being a little nervous because there are so many rocks in Sebago, many which are just under the surface. I often get looking at the scenery and forget to keep my eye on the water so the rocks can sneak up on me. Having had that experience did make me wonder about going out here at night... but I figured there would be safety in numbers and trusted that the people who were leading this adventure were familiar with this part of the lake. Everyone who embarked on the journey made it off the water with nobody getting wet!
My camera does not take great pictures at night, but I wanted to include a few pictures.
Again, paddling at night can be very dangerous. I would never go by myself at night. Please keep safety in the forefront of your mind when paddling, day or night!
Despite being blurry, I love this picture!
I like this picture even though it was taken as a wave moved my kayak a bit...
I like that the blades of the paddle are visible under the moon!
Had to put a toe shot in the post!
The moon was BEAUTIFUL!