It has been a very humbling weekend... to see our book, something on which we have worked so hard is carried by Maine's most well known outfitter, LLBean, feels really good. What feels even better is talking with people about the book and about paddling in general. On Saturday I had a great conversation with a woman named Lori. She had just bought the book at LLBean and didn't realize the authors were on site. She bought it because she often paddles solo and wanted to know more places to go. We talked about why she kayaks and what she loves about it... and I LOVE knowing that the sport of kayaking (and other paddlesports) bring as much joy to others as it does to me.
Today I got to spend the day with the crew from Shaker Hill Outdoors. They are a family run operation. There were many people who got to experience paddling various crafts today. It was SO FUN to see people trying different things. I think Cindy (who I met at a recent paddle on Runaround Pond and again at Sebago Trails Paddling's opening day paddle) would have won the award for the most crafts tried today! She tried two pedal kayaks, at least one sit on top, and the new tandem Heron. How cool to be able to try things before buying them! And even if you aren't buying them, to be able to try a sport to see if it is something you want to do. (Of course I would tell you that you ABSOLUTELY want to do it! But I may be a bit biased!) While there one of the guys who works for Shaker Hill described the book to someone and said he loves how clear things are, specifically directions and parking information. It does make me want to write another guide... but... that is a lot of work! I think I would need to invest in a camper first, so that I can really take trips that are further from home, not doable for day trips. Someday.... (Check out some of the pics from this weekend below! Gladys loved being at today's event, getting all kinds of love from everyone!)
As part of our promotional work this weekend someone shared a link to a review of our book that I must share here. Click here for a review of Paddling Southern Maine, written by Peter Jones and posted on www.driftwoodkayak.com/blog . I am not yet familiar with Driftwood Kayak, but will now familiarize myself with them! I LOVE this review because I have zero connection to Peter, no affiliation. I am sad that I had not seen the review until now, but an THRILLED to read it and love the approach he takes to the book. His review NAILS what we had for goals for the guide... it is so validating to see that someone who knows the sport was able to articulate the points we were hoping people would take away from the book is super gratifying.
Thank you to Peter and Driftwood!!
Thank you ALL for the support you have given me with the book and the blog. This blog remains a priority for me, a thing I love doing, sharing my experiences with you. THANK YOU to my long time Blog followers!! Remember I LOVE hearing from you. Feel free to leave comments or send me an email! I am hoping to organize some group paddles this summer and would love to meet even more of my blog buddies!!!
Enjoy the photos below of the weekend's promotional activities!
EDITED POST: With permission from Cindy L. I am adding a few photos of me from today. Thanks Cindy!