July Newsletter: Season Underway

Wow, are we busy this summer??!!!!

Just over a week into July and we are already well on our way to being fully booked for the season and may even close down the Reservations page earlier this year.  We're welcoming back a number of kayakers who have paddled with us before for a day or more and are now reserving for overnight trips.  

This week we spent three wonderful sunny days paddling.  The following, written by Sarah now back in the U.K., describes one of those days...Thanks, Sarah!

  ¨While visiting my Grandma on Deer Isle, my husband (Matt) and I decided to take a kayaking excursion with Peter. We had travelled from London and this was our first time in Maine, so we were keen to explore the area and make the most of the great outdoors. With a little assistance from Pippa, the Welsh terrier, Peter got us up to speed with the essentials - equipment, charts, and paddling technique. It was 4th July, and we accidentally joined at least one parade on our journey to Brooklin, but before long we were on the water.
     The sun was shining and the ocean was glassy, not a wave in sight. We had heard that wind, rain and fog were the norm, so we couldn’t believe our luck! We spent a blissful day paddling between islands: Harbor, Sellers, Hog, Babson and Little Hog. Whilst the sun was hot, the water was cool, and a gentle breeze passed over its surface. A bald eagle glided overhead, guillemots bobbed by in the water, and Matt spotted the shiny head of a seal during our lunch stop at Babson. The islands’ pristine beaches of shells and white sand were blooming with wild roses and irises. We were entranced.  By Hog island, we encountered the largest ‘erratic’ rock we have ever seen, and peeked right through the fault line to the water on the other side. As we meandered between islands, we travelled through diverse conversation topics, from psychology to philosophy, geology to bad canteen food. 
     As we made our way back to the shore from the tiny island of Little Hog, the wind was just picking up, and the sea was speckled with the white tips of waves. We could feel the difference in the water, as if the sea wanted us to work for our return to land – a taste of more typical paddling conditions. As we hauled our kayaks out of the water, we realised that our next time kayaking in Maine may not be such an easy ride!¨

Our route from Nuskeag Point to Babson Island and back.

Our route from Nuskeag Point to Babson Island and back.

Sara and Matt leaving Sellers Island on their 1-Day Trip

Sara and Matt leaving Sellers Island on their 1-Day Trip


Food on Overnight Trips

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This coming weekend we have our first overnight trip with Torrey and Joanna. As well as having fun, Torrey will be taking photos and footage for a video. Food on our trips is important and this Saturday at the end of our first day's paddle, our island dinner will come from from a recipe by the incomparable Julie Sahnie, a chef / cook of Indian food who has influenced thousands following the publication of her seminal cookbook of Indian cuisine 'Classic Indian Cooking' (we still have our 1980 copy!). Dinner will be a vegetarian curry with simple ingredients - tomato, potato, cauliflower, newly picked garden peas - but cooked in Indian style with a magical combination of spices - fresh coriander, turmeric, red pepper, cumin seeds all blended together with home made ghee. Wow! We may even take a bottle of wine along.