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 www.paddlingsouthernmaine.com. Sandy and I are available to attend/present various functions/events. Please email me at mainekayakgirl@gmail.com for more information!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A PADDLING EVENT



EVENT: "Paddle & Picnic"

WHEN: Saturday September 15th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Presumpscot River, Gorham/Windham, Launching from Shaw Park.  (Click the Link for directions.) 

DETAILS: Join Kimberlee Bennett and Sandy Moore, co-authors of Paddling Southern Maine, and Shannon Bryan from FitMaine.com for a fun filled day on the water.  Paddlers will launch from Shaw Park on the banks of the Presumpscot Rivera 9:00 a.m. for a 2 hour (ish) paddle up to/under Babb's Bridge, one of Maine's iconic covered bridges.  After returning to Shaw Park everyone is invited to have a picnic.  (Bring your own food & beverage)  While we relax and enjoy our picnic participants can demo, for FREE, Hobie Eclipse pedalboards from Sebago Sailing and Watercraft.  (The paddle boards that have a handle to help you steer and you pedal instead of paddle!)  There MAY also be a Hobie kayak or two to try as well.  (Copies of Paddling Southern Maine will be available for purchase.)
(Screenshot of Shannon Bryan from Sebago Sailing & Watercraft video)


In return for a wonderful day we ask that everyone who attends donate food items that will be used to stock the Riot Rack, South Portland High School's food pantry/clothing closet.

What you need to bring:
- Food item(s) for donation
- Kayak/SUP/Canoe
- Paddle
- PFD (We ask everyone wear, not just bring, their PFD's!)
- Water
- Sunscreen
- Your food/beverage for lunch

Hope to see you there!   Thanks to Gorham Parks & Rec. Department for their support in hosting this event! 

**Please note paddlers will be launching at 9:00 a.m. please get there early enough to unload and get on the water by 9:00. 

** Bathrooms are not available, but there is a porta potty on site! 



 Additional Info -

This event is near and dear to my heart! I would LOVE to have a large turnout.

Why is this near and dear to my heart? Because we are asking everyone who comes to donate food (canned goods, rice, peanut butter, microwaveable food, etc.) to the food pantry at the school where I work, South Portland High School. I started the pantry, called The Riot Rack, a few years ago to help fulfill a need at our school. (We also have a clothing closet!) We always have kids in need! 

(And the kids are EXTREMELY grateful!)  



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