My Book!!

One opportunity that the blog has brought me is the co-authoring of a guidebook, Paddling Southern Maine! It is something in which I take a lot of pride! My writing partner, Sandy Moore, and I have created a book with 54 amazing trips that are within about an hour of Portland! Our motto as we wrote the book was wanting to 'get people to spend the day on the water and not in their cars!'

If you want more information on our book please click on the image of the book below.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

A Pristine Pond...


Body of Water:  In order to learn about this pond, Turner Pond in Polermo, and get directions, you need to email me, I don't keep too many places top secret, but this place... hush hush!
Directions: Gotta ask me!
Parking:  Side of the road
Launch: gradual, gravel/sand after a short driveway.

Fees:  none
Bathroom: none
Wildlife: Loons, beavers, snake, hummingbird, deer, and likely so much more!

Notes: I got a chance to paddle an AMAZING place last summer.  It was so amazing... felt so untouched... that I have debated about how much information to share about it.  The launch is public... but it is surrounded by private property with A LOT of signage indicating it was private property.  My friend and paddling buddy, Donna, was with me.  We spotted some 'locals' sitting on their porch and Donna asked them about the launch.  

We learned that the people who own the property around the launch got very sick of finding trash and other things in that area.  The land was being disrespected and so they posted that the property is private.  The launch is part of a fire road and therefore accessible by the public, but I debated about using the launch because the people nearby had obviously tried to deter people from using it.  When we were getting off the pond a father and son were getting ready to launch to go fishing... that made me feel better about having used it... so if you do go here... be super mindful of your presence (as we all need to be always) and park at your own risk.

When I say pristine - i mean ... there was no trash anywhere in the pond... there were indications that other people are there at times, but we saw no other humans!  

How cool is this Rock island?


Pup's gotta nap when she's tired!


Jerky in a kong bone? Yes please!


Time for lunch? Did you say lunch? I think you said lunch!


Fresh wild blueberries!


This snake was a big one! At first I thought it was dead... but it was very much alive!

This place was incredible. Truly a hidden gem!!  I hope to get back there this summer!

Season Openers for 2022

Hello Blog Buddies! 
Welcome to another paddling season!  I have been out on the water a few times so far and looking forward to many more adventures this season.  I have some places from last season I didn't get to post and will work to find time to add those new destinations.  In the meantime, here are some pics from the first two paddles of the season... the first one was North Gorham Pond on Easter (paddling is my kind of church!!) and the second was Tenny River with Miss Gladys.  She did AWESOME!  I was so proud of her!  

Remember - it is still early in the season- this week it is especially tempting to get outside with t shirts and shorts.. but remember while paddling, you need to focus on the water temperatures!  Water is still very cold! So be careful and wear your life jacket! 

Ok.. Me - in my happy place - my kayak!!!!

My friend Rico was in town - I had him use my mom's kayak for the first time... he's earned it!


I wore my boots in an effort to keep my feet dry when launching and getting back out... let's just say the launch part worked well and my feet were dry throughout the entire paddle... but... perhaps when dismounting I got out a little to early!  That water was COLD!


We got out fairly early before the wind came up.  This pond is a great place to start paddling for the season... a quick paddle but a lot to see! (This one is in the book, so I can't give all the details!)


I am grateful for my friendship with Rico.  Going on 24+ years I think!  

Wow he is old to have a friendship that old!


I think he really liked the small waterfall, the sound of it... so do I!


I wasn't super close to the falls, but this pic makes it look like I was!


Paddling Adventure 1 Done!


Next Up was one of my all time favorites... Tenny River! Tenny is a GREAT place for an early season paddle because it is nice and shallow, slow moving and the turtles can't wait to say hello! 

Gladys came on this trip - she was excited to see the yellow kayak on the truck - that means she is going kayaking! 


I also got to see this beautiful heron in a tree. I love them in the water but there is something extra rgal when they are in a tree!

I am so proud of Gladys.  She settled down really quickly in the kayak!  Last season she struggled... but in looking back at it... I think she struggles to settle when my anxiety is high... and my anxiety was up a lot last summer.  Fingers crossed for a less anxious summer!

Yes there are A LOT of photos of my girl!  She is so photogenic, I love her so much! I will note here, however, something was missing this trip... her life jacket.  Her old one fell apart and the new one was too big so we had to return it.  I took a risk by taking her without her life jacket... to a place I know well ... I weighed the risks and decided to bring her along.  She stayed in the kayak for the entire trip, but we do advocate for pet life jackets!


Blue blue sky!

She relaxed so much!  She almost fell asleep a few times!

For some reason the turtles made her nervous! When they plopped into the water she backed away from the logs.  At one point she put her paws on my chest for a hug... she was reassured and was fine... it cracked me up though!


Making sure the turtles were not following us!


That ear!


Me and my favorite girl!




I swear she was asking when she could go again!


I am going to do a gear post soon, as I haven't done one in a while.. but... this is my safety 'dog tag.' On the other side is my name, address, my emergency contacts and my medical allergies.  I wear this when I kayak, especially if I am solo.  It is a great thing to have - a great gift idea for someone who adventures solo (kayaking, hiking, skiing, etc.)  Of course when I paddle solo I let someone know where I am going, when I will be on the water and when I plan to be off.  I let them know when I am off the water and heading home.... Safety first! 

Where should Gladys paddle next? She is looking through Paddling Southern Maine, my guidebook, for inspiration.  If you have other ideas, please let me know!  And would you want to try to paddle with Gladys? I am thinking about doing some kind of raffle to win a paddling date with Gladys... (though you must realize it is a package deal, if she paddles, I paddle!... or is it If I paddle she paddles?)