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 visit Sandy and I are available to attend/present various functions/events. Please email me at for more information!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

I was able to get out on the water this weekend and it felt Soooooooooo good!

Abdominal surgery is about four and a half weeks behind me.  I am feeling great other than some normal fatigue, but am still not supposed to be lifting on my kayak.  My doctor had told me I could probably get in and out of my kayak okay and probably paddle okay, but told me not to lift my kayak.  As a more than somewhat stubbornly independent person, that is very hard for me.  Last week I talked to one of my friends about it and she offered to load and unload my kayak for me as long as she could come with me.  What a GREAT offer!  I love having her come along; we have had some fun paddling adventures.  She came to my house after work on Friday, loaded the kayaks...while constantly warning me not to touch them or to help her or she would recant her offer.  She meant business!  It was incredibly hard watching her do it... I have such a routine when I load them and it was hard to have to explain it to her on how to do what I do... but we got through it and the yaks were loaded!  We met on Saturday morning and were able to get out on the water!  It felt so good!  I know that people sometimes think I am dramatic when I say I NEED to kayak, but it truly is something I need, with every part of my being.

This is me... MaineKayakGirl!  (That's my amazing friend in the background who was the muscle behind the operation!) 

This spring I will be pretty busy with a few ongoing projects, but will be paddling when I can.  I apologize for not posting as many details as I usually do, but will be back to 'normal' Mainekayakgirl style as soon as I can.  I am hoping I will soon be able to share some of the exciting details of one of my projects, but for now I will share some photos with you.

This weekend marked Mother's day... as well as my mother's birthday... so these forget me nots were a great nod to my mom on this paddle... 

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