Now that you're all (the 3 of you who actually read this) probably getting bored of my posts, I've invited a guest blogger! I now present you with Jeff Buchman, kayaking partner for the weekend of 7/9-7/11 on our visit to Boothbay Harbor in Maine...
Saturday morning we awoke to the sound of rain drops on the tent, but it turns out it was only large amounts of fog dripping off of the trees. Since it was predicted to thunderstorm, I was more than willing to deal with heavy fog since last time I checked no one was ever electrocuted by fog. When we arrived at the beach at Gray Homestead Oceanfront Camping (where we were camping), the fog was so thick that we couldn't see Squirrel Island, which is only about 1 mile offshore. As we were launching, the fog began to lift and a little bit of sun shined through the the clouds. The first part of the trip was against the tide toward the open Atlantic Ocean. While paddling against the tide is a bit more challenging, it is somewhat reassuring to know that if something goes wrong you won't be swept into the ocean. The wave height was probably 3-4 feet but...
We put in around 8:30am at the south end of the lake at Scott Park. During the short paddle down the inlet, we were welcomed by the fumes of burning garbage, but luckily that passed once we got to the lake...
After getting a serious case of “kayaker’s high” from the gorgeous paddle the night before, Rob, Ben, and I decided to meet up at 8am at Taughannock State Park to squeeze in another morning paddle. We put in on the north shore of the park...
On Sunday night, Rob, Ben, and I drove up to Long Point State Park for an evening exploration of a new part of Cayuga Lake. We put in at Long Point State Park near Aurora, NY, on the east side of the lake...
Owasco is a fun little lake with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. On a windy day you can explore the inlet instead of paddling on the lake. To get to the put-in at the south end of the lake, drive to Southshore Marina and take the little dirt road at the back of the parking lot. You will end up at a small parking lot near where the inlet meets the lake...
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