Body of Water: Runaround Pond, Durham, Maine. [Maine Gazetteer Map 5, B5, close to the edge of the page]
One of my friends, Rico, from out of town was visiting and he had never kayaked before. Because it was early in the season I was a little nervous taking someone out who had never been in a kayak, but he has experience with canoeing and I knew that Runaround Pond was a good spot for a first time paddler. (Thanks for Peter, a friend from social media, for letting me know this place was not frozen over and was accessible!)
We got on the pond on Monday, April 17th. It was a cool spring day with a slight breeze, but the sun was shining... (and reminded me that I need to always wear sunscreen, even this early in the season!)
It was a GREAT spot to take Rico for his first paddle. Of course we had to go under the bridge to the gorge area which is so beautiful...
I love the way this area looks. The water here was higher than what I have seen it, so if you go please pay close attention so you do not get too close to the dam. Typically the water is not moving fast enough to push you over the dam, especially with lower water levels, but I was a bit nervous this trip. Again...be smart!
It is still early in the season, the water temps are still cold... and the water levels are still high... be safe and smart out there!