Paddling Planet

September 26, 2016

Biking and Hiking and Kayaking
Ramblings of an outdoor person trapped indoors.

Cycling with the Biker Chix Convoy to York, Climbing to the Cliffs of Weverton on the Appalachian Trail

After a long delay, the weather is finally starting to change - making this past weekend a great one for hiking and biking.

Rail copy2Gray

Started the weekend off escorting 3/5th of the biker chix on a York Heritage Trail Ride  on the 11 mile segment from Hanover Junction to the York Market The Biker Chix made friends immediately.


After some coffee and snacks at the York Market while listening to a celtic music trio (2 fiddles and either a bassoon or a giant bong) we headed back. I took off at higher speed for a longer ride down to New Freedom PA, where they were running the steam locomotive and excursion train.


The Chix were apparently attacked by a rafter of turkeys along the trail but they survived the scare, put their bikes back on my car and then drove down to New Freedom to pick me up, where they also enjoyed artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches at the New Freedom Rail Trail Cafe.


The next day Carl and I did an old favorite, the the 6.8 mile section of the Appalachian Trail between Gathland State Park in Burkittsville and Weverton Cliffs. We did it the hard way - going north to south means you immediately climb up 800 feet to the top of Weverton Cliffs, where the arrival of fall gave us a great view to the west.


That 800' elevation gain is done in the first .8 miles. The next 6 miles is a pleasant traipse through the woods, with a stop to check out the Garvey AT shelter along the way. We are in a September-long drought, so lots of leaves falling already and the trail was almost sandy in many places.  Lots of people out hiking with dogs on the trail, maybe there was a Hike with your Hound festival.


At Gathland, we admired the oddball monuments to George Alfred Townsend (GATH) and shuttled back to the base of Weverton with another fine day outdoors in the books.

by John P. at September 26, 2016 01:43 pm

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Hard to believe it was five years ago.

Paddle North - Episode 2 from Paddling Otaku on Vimeo.

Five years ago today I posted this to this website.

The Inside Passage trip was conceived on 9/11, as I was sitting in my office trying to think of something better that a world literally collapsing around me. I thought about where I would like to be at that moment. It was Alaska.

I planned it on and off for a decade, and then got serious, and spent a year and a half almost full time making it happen. At one point, ten people were going with. For a little while no one was going with me. Then Sarah had a change of heart, and decided to make the trip. She was very trusting as I had done all the planning, she just stepped into the trip with blind faith. We planned on it taking us 30 days. We did it in 21 with 3 rest days (and the rest days were mostly because I got the flu!)

I came home and produced the videos (all shot on an original GoPro Hero HD, I am about to upgrade to a Hero 5 black) Then got to work on the books.

I wrote and produced Enlightened Kayaking which is available on iTunes, and then about a year later I realized I didn't like the forward stroke section, so I created Forward which is a free book that just covered the forward stroke.

I am in the planning stage for a third book about expedition planning. But I am having a hard time getting it started for real. I know from experience just how hard it is to write a book, and at the end of the day I don't make a whole lot of money from them.

I don't have plans for another big trip, though I am constantly flattered by the people who ask me. And a surprising number of people ask me. This past week I had a woman that I know only as an acquaintance tell me if I go back to Alaska, she wants to go. The problem is I know from experience that people say that, but then when they hear the sacrifices involved they end up changing their minds. But still, it's flattering.

by paddlingOTAKU ( at September 26, 2016 11:36 am

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Royal Collection Trust: Mi'kmaq Canoe Model with Paddles

Came across a Mi'kmaq sourvenir bark canoe that came with two dolls, two pair of paddles, a fishing spear and miniature basket. Now in the Royal Collection of Trust of Queen Elizabeth II, the set was presented  then Prince Albert Edward (the future King Edward VII) during his visit to Canada in 1860.

Mi'kmaq Model canoe and dolls 1860
RCIN 84332
Royal Collection Trust
© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
Source Link

Another photo showcases the paddles, which look like two larger stern paddles and two smaller spear-like paddles with pole grips used by the bow paddler.

Mi'kmaq model paddles 1860
RCIN 84332
Royal Collection Trust
© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

Find it pretty interesting that while the canoe is obviously not a true replica, being decorated with dyed porcupine quills and lacking an accurate number of ribs, the paddles do match some existing artworks from the era.

Paddle Detail from Wigwams at Pointe de Levy, Lower Canada
ca. 1836
Artist: Whitmore, George St. Vincent, 1798-1851.
Credit: W.H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana

by Murat ( at September 26, 2016 11:17 am

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

A small crowd on Bennachie

Last week I volunteered to help out one of our local Primary schools who were taking their pupils on a walk up Bennachie's Mither Tap - one of the most iconic hills of Aberdeenshire.

The whole school apart from the very youngest class (who were having their own adventure in the lower forest) made the walk - 55 kids aged between six and eleven plus "helpers"made for a bright crocodile heading up towards the summit!

The day was quite windy so although everybody made it up to the hillfort immediately below the summit, we brought up only the older ones to the very top in small groups.

The rural Primary school these children attend has a clear view to Bennachie and they see the hill every day - I think the head teacher and the school staff deserve huge credit for taking them to climb it; in these risk-averse times it would be simple to just not do such a walk.  Already accustomed to their "daily mile" at school, the children took the whole thing in their stride and there wasn't a single comlaint or grumble to be heard.  It was a genuinely fun day and a real pleasure to be helping out.

I climbed Bennachie again as an evening walk in glorious weather a few days later - this is the view from Oxen Craig across to the Mither Tap.  Don't get me wrong, I love solitude in the hills, but somehow Bennachie seemed less complete without the chatter and laughter of 55 small hillwalkers.....

by Ian Johnston ( at September 26, 2016 07:30 am

Blog collectif

Whitewater weekend

Stade d'eaux vives de Millau

 Trois superbes sessions d'entraînement en eaux vives sur le bassin de Millau les 24 et 25 septembre 2016.
Kayakistes : Arnaud (BE responsable du bassin) et Alison à l'encadrement et  Françoise; Nadine; Jeannine; Pierre; Didier; René-Paul; Jacques; Bernard; Jean-Luc; Laurent.

by Laurent D. ( at September 26, 2016 04:33 am

vincent kayak

drifting down river 3

this was from 8 months ago
when the local river was in flood
- it's fun paddling through the vegetation 
which at normal water levels,
is 'unkayakable' up on the river banks



by vincent ( at September 26, 2016 12:51 am


Curso de tecnificación básico... personalizado !

Un fin de semana de curso intensivo con Marcos y Toni. Lo mejor de llevar a cabo un curso personalizado, con solo dos alumnos, es que en dos días da tiempo a mucho, lo peor ... la paliza que se llevan los chicos..!

Mucha tarea por delante. 

Desde los simples embarques y desembarques al trabajo húmedo.

 Quien se acuerda de la primera vez que se puso el cubre...?

Conociendo la embarcación, los límites de la estabilidad, duro trabajo de canteo.

Mucha agua..

Pero mucha...


Es importante desarrollar la autoconfianza con el entrenamiento del reembarque autónomo. 100% de éxito...

Aprendiendo el paleo correcto

La tendencia general es a elevar en exceso la pala en la fase aérea, con un ángulo exagerado, importante tambien la corrección de la alineación de la muñeca.

Timones y giros entre rocas

Remolques cortos y largos..

Un poco de navegación en aguas más abiertas buscando alguna olita


Al final del segundo día, ya hay confianza 

Ha sido un buen finde...

by Jose Bello ( at September 26, 2016 12:24 am

September 25, 2016

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

September 25th - Cadboro Bay (#95)

I went for a short afternoon paddle around the bay in the surfski. It was sunny with a 5 knot north wind making for a rippled sea surface. It was clear enough that I could see Mt. Rainier, 215 km away on the other side of Seattle as well as Mt Baker. There were a few other paddlers out.
click to enlarge
5 lm, YTD 814 km

by Mike J ( at September 25, 2016 07:56 pm

September 24, 2016

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Torsdagspadling Reinsnesøya

Hos oss varer 10 på skjæret hele året, så vi samler fortsatt. Dermed var det på tide å ta en torsdagspadling til Reinsnesøya. Flatt hav og flotte farger på himmelen, var planen denne ettermiddagskvelden.

Wenche, Sara og jeg fikk selskap av Monica og Roger, som er nokså nye padlebekjentskaper. Flott at nye kommer med! (Bildene i bloggen er selvsagt klikkbare)

For Roger var det andre turen i flunke ny kajakk, det er jo også stas selv om det ikke ble HELT jomfrutur. Den snek han seg nemlig til med Monica dagen før. Fullt lov, min egen feil at jeg ikke husket å ha kajakken med til Myre på onsdag.

Ikke riktig like stas å padle forbi en komling (bæsj!) på tur ut av småbåthavna. Flott utsett ellers, men det stinket kloakk og andre stygge saker, og jeg så altså en bæsj. Maurnes anbefales ikke for utsetting per i dag, om dette er vanlig kost.

Men videre var turen flott, med Gavlfjorden og Reinsnesøya foran.

Til venstre bivånet vi solnedgangen og gyldne farger.

Reinsnesøya! Here we come!

Det gikk ganske så tregt, rett og slett fordi det var så flott at det stort sett fra minst en som drev og tok bilder jevnt hele tiden. (Ikke samme person altså, det byttet vi på.)

Sola krøp sakte, stadig nedover. 

Vi nærmet oss øya omtrent like sakte.

Dessverre akkurat litt mye skyer der borte, jeg hadde bestilt noen men litt mindre. 

Flatt hav, manter i sjøen, og etter hvert så vi en sel også. Men da tok jeg ikke bilde, den var litt langt unna.

Etter hvert kom det også et par niser til selskap. Vi lå lenge og så på dem, tror de må ha funnet noe å beite på her i området, for vi hørte dem senere også.

Vi så flere gode båltrær underveis, men plukket ikke opp noen. Her på baksiden av øya var det også en liten strand.

Her padler vi imellom – siden det går an.

Vi gikk heller i land på yttersiden, sånn at vi kunne se de siste restene av solnedgangen. Nisene forpurret ilandstigningen litt, vi kom noe sent. Innlagt øvelse – kronglete ilandstigning.

Annen variant av kronglete, jeg gikk heller på én stein enn mange. Hver sin smak. Alle kom seg i land.

Sara fant en fin bålplass, Roger hadde med ved og fyring og vi fant litt i tillegg pluss at Wenche hadde med opptenningsgreier med futt. Så det ble en fin stund rundt bålet mens det mørknet til.

På retur ble det mørkepadling, for noen var det første gang. Alltid like artig å se hvor mye landskapet forandrer seg med lyset. I mørket legger man merke til andre ting. På retur hørte vi også en lyd av enten fugl eller dyr. Det kunne ligne på kallesignalet til oteren, vet ikke om noe annet det kan ha vært.

Flott tur, og noen nærmer seg neste lodd i 10 på skjæret-lotteriet faretruende nå. Selv har jeg ikke så mange poster igjen å velge i, jeg har vært innom de fleste.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at September 24, 2016 02:50 pm

Familiepadledag med OBS-varsel

Familiepadledag – det skulle jo bli trivelig med grilling og padling, og alle de tingene ble det for såvidt. Men ikke helt det været eller oppmøtet vi hadde håpet på, det er nokså klinkende klart. Men først av alle dukket det opp en for oss flunke ny padler, Jørgen. Det var jo veldig artig da. Her kommer Michael med to kajakker vi har lånt fra friluftslageret i Øksnes, i tillegg til vår egen ungdomskajakk som vi hadde med.

Lea tester ut den ene kajakken, det går bare fint. Hun har vært med oss litt i bassenget tidligere og padlet litt sammen med faren sin, så det var ikke helt nytt. Ragnhild foretrakk å plaske i havet eller sitte på, det er også lov. Artig begge deler.

Så kom journalist Morten innom og intervjuet dem for Bladet Vesterålen. Artig med avisbesøk, selv om jeg helst skulle sluppet unna å bli avbildet i kyllingdrakten flere ganger. Gul er ikke kul.

Michael prøvde selvsagt også de nye kajakkene til Øksnes friluftslager.

Mens Jørgen padlet seg en tur rundt Gisløyskaga før meldt uvær skulle sette inn (vi hadde fått OBS-varsel på regn og vind, men vinden skulle ikke komme før godt utpå ettermiddagskvelden), tok Tom og Wenche seg en runde hver med kameratredning. Det gikk fint, så klart. Selv tok jeg en kjapp test på rulla. Det gikk ganske drit, men jeg kom med et nødskrik opp på andre forsøk.

Det er første gang vi arrangerer noe på Gisløy bortsett fra at det er en 10 på skjæret-post. Det blir helt sikkert ikke siste gang, for dette var et flott sted. Vi hadde  laks for grilling sponset av Nordlaks. Selv hadde jeg ikke fått med meg noe tilbehør og var forberedt på å kun spise laks, men heldigvis hadde andre hatt bedre tid og hodet mer med seg på lørdag enn meg – så jeg fikk også tilbehør. Det ble herlig mat og en trivelig stund.

Lasse på (Markedsbrygga friluftsliv) hadde gitt oss små kort som vi skulle ta selfies med og tagge med #friluftno, så får vi god rabatt i butikken denne uken. Så her måtte vi til pers. (Uflaks at få av oss, hvis noen, er på Instagram…)

Rabatt 1

Rabatt 2

 Rabatt 3

Rabatt 4 - nei, jeg kan virkelig ikke dette her med selfies.

Forsøk X, så gikk det på et vis. Og dermed har jeg også dokumentert 10 på skjæret-posten også.

Været ble ikke så ille som fryktet, men med to fotballturneringer og gråvær ble det ikke allverdens oppmøte – men trivelig ble det likevel. Til og med folkehelsekoordinatoren kom innom og sjekket hvordan vi hadde det, og fikk litt info om padling. Ikke verst.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at September 24, 2016 02:47 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

September 24th - Discovery Island (#94)

Dan, Paulo, Rob and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were very calm and there was a slight flood running. In spit of that we were able to average 7.0 kph for the paddle.
We stopped for a break on the beach at Rudlin bay and had a look at the Park closure signs. Though we kept an eye out for the wolf, we did not see him.
click to enlarge
15 km, YTD 809 km

by Mike J ( at September 24, 2016 02:34 pm

September 24th - Discovery Island (#94)

Dan, Paulo, Rob and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were very calm and there was a slight flood running. In spit of that we were able to average 7.0 kph for the paddle.
We stopped for a break on the beach at Rudlin bay and had a look at the Park closure signs. Though we kept an eye out for the wolf, we did not see him.
click to enlarge
15 km, YTD 809 km

by Mike J ( at September 24, 2016 02:34 pm

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Førsteinntrykk Hilleberg Rogen

Hilleberg Rogen, endelig kom det i posten. Det var bestillingsvare, så jeg har ventet en stund. Men nå har det kommet, og det virker heldigvis lovende så langt.

Rogen i midten. Enmannsteltet Tarptent Scarp 1 til venstre, og tomannsteltet Hilleberg Staika til høyre.
Jeg liker veldig godt enmannsteltet, men det har plass til litt lite bagasje når det ikke er varmt og tørt i været. Og så er det ikke selvstående, jeg må ha minimum fire plugger ned. Så langt har det gått bra, riktignok.
Staika er solid, flott, selvstående og med god plass, men det er for stort for meg til å drasse med meg i kajakken. Jeg får rett og slett for lite plass til andre ting, så det blir aldri valgt. Flott telt for når man er to, eller jeg camper kort fra bilen, men ikke egnet som kajakktelt for bare meg.

Så nå håper jeg at Rogen er mellomtingen jeg savner. Det står greit av seg selv - men de to forteltene trenger en plugg for å strekkes ut. (Det som blir til høyre og venstre på dette bildet.) Jeg vurderte også Exped Mira II, det tar også liten plass, to innganger og er tomanns, men sånn som jeg forstår det må inner- og ytterteltet settes opp hver for seg. Utelukket.

Dette er jo gul label, lettvektstelt. Pluggene er altså bittesmå, over grensen til det latterlige. (Det synes de antagelig selv også, ettersom det er avbildet andre plugger i bruksanvisningen...) Men jeg har andre plugger jeg kan ta med, så det er ikke så farlig.

Forteltet strekkes ut, her er det mulighet for å stramme litt inn. 

Man kan jo også rulle «døren» opp, men om man gjør det i en fei blir den hengende sånn her.

Dette er vel ikke helt typisk Hilleberg, men jeg synes det var en helt ok løsning. Pinne i hull istedenfor stangkopp. Det kan ha med at det er ganske likt som på Scarp-teltet mitt, men jeg hadde i hvert fall null problemer her. Synes det var enkelt og greit, men vet de har fått tilbakemeldinger på dette og gjør det på annet vis fra 2017-modellen. 

Har også hørt at det ikke skal være helt lett å få duken stram, det er jeg mer enig i. Vet ikke hvordan jeg skal få strammet dette, ser ut som en liten potensiell vannsamler? Forhåpentligvis ikke.

En ting jeg ikke liker med Hilleberg er dette spagettiopplegget deres. Irriterende å måtte kjøpe detaljer fra andre teltprodusenter for å hanskes med dette – det er tross alt svinedyre telt, da kunne de godt hatt en løsning på det selv. Bardunene er for øvrig også tynnere på dette teltet enn Staika – som det meste andre. Lettvekt og mindre plasskrevende.

Teltet har selvfølgelig to åpninger, det har alle mine telt. Det første teltet mitt (Exped Orion Extreme II) hadde det, så det er helt uaktuelt med noe som har færre. Der det er myggnetting er det kun myggnetting. Spent på hvor kjølig det kan bli i litt vind. 

Akkurat som på Staika, når man ruller opp «døren» (her gjort ordentlig) så kommer den innenfor veggen, sånn at eventuelt vann renner ned på innerteltet. Hva som er lurt med dette har jeg ikke skjønt, men har heller ikke teltet i regn/mye fukt, så vet ikke om det har noe å si i praksis. Synes bare det ser lite lurt ut.

Det går imidlertid an å rulle opp den andre klaffen også, da tror jeg det ble mindre sånn.

Jeg synes det er stilig, og lovende så langt. Har tro på dette. Som vi kan se godt av bildene så har dette teltet luftingen nede, ved at ytterduken ikke går helt ned. Spent på hvordan dette funker. Det må vel bli en testtur om ikke så lenge.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at September 24, 2016 01:05 am

September 23, 2016

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Clyde cruising on the return from Arran

The final day of our trip from Campbeltown to Brodick took us around the north of Arran past the impressive boulders at Fallen Rocks and around to the east coast of the island.

Near to the car park at Sannox which is the start of a walk to the Fallen Rocks was what looked like a commercial campsite.... except that it isn't.

It would be hard to imagine a  bigger contrast between these folks idea of what "wild camping" is and our own.  Set for several days, big tents, barbeques, everything including the kitchen sink.  We paddled on....

The cloud and drizzle of the morning cleared with superb dramatic effect at exactly the moment we rounded the corner and entered Sannox Bay -  all that was missing was a drumroll followed by a musical "Ta Da!" as one of the best views anywhere in Scotland was revealed.  The sweeping ridges of these granite hills really are superb.

This is a favourite stopping place of ours, often after a crossing from the Ayrshire coast via the island of Bute; it was most definitely time for second breakfast!  As we enjoyed coffee we watched the wind rising steadily to something more than a fresh breeze, and our decision to re-cross to Arran from Inchmarnock the previous evening proved to be a good one; the wind quickly reached F5.  Any crossing in these conditions would have been a real slog; in fact we may not have been able to get away from the exposed shore of Inchmarnock.

This part of the coast is well known for sudden squalls coming down from the hills and although we started out using our sails we quickly dropped them as the gusts were threatening to damage the rigs with heavy boats.  Even without sailing we made quick time down the coast to Corrie.....

....with its amusing "sheep" harbour bollards.  Three face south and one (the "black sheep" of the flock) faces north.

Another hour or so of steady paddling brought us into Brodick Bay and journey's end - well almost.

From a very uncertain forecast we'd enjoyed a great three night trip in a variety of conditions - all made possible by the use of ferries.  We'd paddled 94 kilometres over two full days and two half days and camped for three nights - in a pretty wide variety of conditions.

Having landed on the shore in Brodick we loaded our boats back onto the trolleys and headed along the promenade to buy our tickets and join the queue waiting to embark on the "Isle of Arran" for the return to Ardrossan and our car which was in the long-term secure carpark at the ferry terminal - the same ferry we'd sailed out to Campbeltown on four days previously.  We could then sit back in the cafeteria onboard and enjoy a lunch of Piri-piri chicken with fresh salad as we cruised back across the Clyde - definitely a good end to our journey!

by Ian Johnston ( at September 23, 2016 07:35 pm

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Video: Creating a Short Promo for Adventure Scientist

Adventure Scientist

Early this year I mentioned how Theresa and I hiked into Spirit Lake to take water samples for the Adventure Scientist Microplastics project. We also took samples from Iron Creek as well and generally had a blast doing so. While we were there I also made a small promo video for them and the project […]

The post Video: Creating a Short Promo for Adventure Scientist appeared first on Essex Media & Explorations.

by Steve Weileman at September 23, 2016 03:55 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

September 23rd - cadboro Bay (#93)

I took the surfski out for a quick morning spin around the bay. The two SALTS boats were at anchor which made a pretty sight. They usually anchor in cadboro Bay on Thursday nights, as they finish their trips in Victoria Harbour on Friday afternoon. The wind picked up as I was paddling and I even got a few rides on the way in!
click to enlarge
5 km, YTD 794 km

by Mike J ( at September 23, 2016 11:01 am

Björn Thomasson Design

Njord 15 kg 510 cm – Bengt Ekwall

Njord – Bengt Ekwall / Petruskajak

"För tio år sedan byggde jag en Nomad 510 cm som tjänat mig väl, men jag började önska mig en lättare kajak med lite andra egenskaper. Eftersom jag inte trodde mig om klara av att bygga lätt kontaktade jag Petruskajak i Tranås, som byggt många strippkajaker.

Jag har nu paddlat min vackra Njord några gånger och är mycket nöjd med detta lättviktsbygge i cederträ. Det tog en stund för mig att vänja mig vid Njordens låga initialstabilitet, men det tar sig. Egenskaperna som bra fart och kurshållning stämmer absolut. Att lasta av och på denna lätta kajak var ett nöje. Nu kan jag också bära kajaken på axeln!

Vikten gäller för kajak med främre skott, kombinerad sits och akterskott, skäddabox, justerbar skädda och däckslinor.

Är det någon som vill förvärva en färdigbyggd Nomad - jag har inte plats för två kajaker?

Bengt Ekwall"

Njord – Bengt Ekwall / Petruskajak

Njord – Bengt Ekwall / Petruskajak

Njord – Bengt Ekwall / Petruskajak

Mer av Bengt Ekwall:
Paddling i Venedig
Grönländsk kamraträddning

by Björn Thomasson at September 23, 2016 09:10 am

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

A Visit to the Draken Harald Harfagre

The usual September work marathon continues, but I was able to sneak out of work for a couple of hours today to go visit the spectacular Viking visitor in North Cove. What a splendid vessel. Flickr album here, Draken expedition website here. She's going to be out sailing around again tomorrow, then back at North Cove with tours available on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th. Seriously, if you're in NYC and you have time this weekend, go take a look at her, she's stunning, ad hey, if you go on Saturday you could combine that visit with the Submerge NYC Marine Science Festival, which sounds terrific. That would make for such a good day on the waterfront!  

by (bonnie) at September 23, 2016 02:58 am

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Historic Paddle Photo: Dan Sarazin Paddles

in 1970, Denis Alford recorded the construction of a birch bark canoe for the National Museums of Canada. The builder was Dan Sarazin of Golden Lake (now known as Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation). Alford's detailed records of the build appear in David Gidmark's book Building a Birchbark Canoe - The Algonquin Wabanaki Tciman but the original photo slides are now preserved in the Archives of the Canadian Museum of History.

Part of the set features a group of 4 paddles of varying lengths from this traditional Algonquin builder...

Summary Four paddles in different woods made by Dan Sarazin 
Author Alsford, Denis B., 1929-2004.
Description 1 slide col. 35 mm.
Control no. S72-3088
CD File no. CD94-68

A few more photos reveal Sarazin's method of lashing the paddles to form a yoke for a portage demonstration.


 You can contrast that to an alternate lashing method of another builder from this photo in  Building the Chippewa Canoe by Robert E. Ritzenthaler.

"Chippewa Portage Method"

by Murat ( at September 23, 2016 03:25 am

September 22, 2016

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

There and back again....

Our camp site on the Kintyre coast had been a comfortable one and we woke to a morning which promised showers but occasional sunshine.  After breakfast we packed up and got the boats down to the water.

We intended to cross the Kilbrannan Sound to the island of Arran and head to the north tip of the island, stopping at Lochranza for lunch.  At the start of this trip we'd discussed various locations for our third evening, as we were making good progress we'd decided on a crossing to Inchmarnock and a campsite we've used before.

As we crossed the Kilbrannan Sound a lively breeze got up ahead of a shower which looked to be a very heavy one.  Fortunately the rain passed up the Kintyre coast we'd just vacated, but we did benefit from a great sailing wind all the way on the 8km crossing.  It seems that this piece of water is prone to meteorological interest, one previous crossing gave some of the most remarkable conditions either of us has kayaked in

We arrived on the Arran shore south of Catacol Bay and after a brief leg stretch on the beach continued north past Catacol village and the row of cottages known as " The Twelve Apostles".  Built between 1850 and 1860, they were intended to house folk cleared from inland crofts to make way for sheep.  There was considerable resistance to living in the row, possibly because the rents would have been comparable to the dispossessed croft ground and there was little land to cultivate nearby.  The cottages were known locally as "Hunger row" at this time.  The cottages are very similar, but each of the twelve upper windows is different.  A local story is that the folk who eventually lived here took to fishing the Kilbrannan Sound, and wives could light a lamp in the window when they wanted their menfolk to return - the men would be able to make out which house had the lamp lit from the window configuration.  Well, that's the tale anyway!........

Our next stop was at Lochranza where we took lunch in the Lochranza Hotel with a fine view to the castle.  The tide was well on the way out here so we could take a leisurely lunch knowing that our boats weren't going to refloat for a while.

Refuelled and refreshed, we got back on the water and headed up to the north of Arran to start the crossing to Inchmarnock.  Initially we had a pleasant push from a light breeze to help, but a glance over our shoulders showed an approaching wall of black cloud....and ahead of it quite a wind started up.

There were no more photographs taken on this crossing, which proved very uncomfortable.  The flood tidal streams pouring up Kilbrannan Sound and the Firth of Clyde meet north of Arran and some confused water can sometimes be found here.  Find it we did, and in combination with a strong wind from our quarter and some breaking wave trains in the great swirls of water I found this a challenging 11km crossing under sail. A couple of times I was tempted to drop the sail as it was driving the boat forward at a tremendous rush, but I'm glad I persisted.... the conditions in which I'd sail in the future a little extended by the experience.  Close to the Inchmarnock side, a Dolphin surfaced in a welter of spray right between our boats and ploughed along with us for a few waves - an experience totally in tune with the wild ride we were having.

We arrived on Inchmarnock at precisely the same time as a quite violent rainstorm heralded the passage of a weather front - it absolutely pelted down.  My awkward landing on the rocky shore in breaking water led to a soaking - things were going well!  We decided to pitch the tents and to see if the rain would abate before moving our gear from the boats, which was a fortuitous decision.  Tents up (if wet) and we took a moment to check the weather forecast online.  What we read was quite a surprise.... the forecast had completely changed from that issued just hours earlier.  We could expect the wind to drop to almost nothing overnight before becoming strong in the morning, when we planned to cross back to Arran.

One of the keys to good trips is flexibility in planning and being prepared to react to a changing situation.  We'd had a difficult crossing and got our tents up - but there wasn't the slightest hesitation in our agreement that we should take them back down and re-cross to Arran straight away to avoid the F5-6 headwind forecast for the morning.  As we restowed the tents and took a quick snack the wind began to drop, but the rain certainly did not and we got going again in a real downpour.

By the time we were half way back to Arran the wind had completely gone - the rain alternated between light,as in this image, and very heavy; in the absence of wind the heavier pulses were heard as a hiss of water hitting water (and us!).

We made landfall right at our target of the Cock of Arran, a place we knew we'd find a spot to camp. Strangely enough, the last time Douglas and I camped here was also accompanied by a drop of rain!  Readers familiar with a west of Scotland summer will realise what awaited us on the shore given the lack of wind and low light levels.......

Midges.  Millions of the little illegitimate insects....   Douglas' expression says it all - but my camera failed to pick up the miasma surrounding him - it was a really bad attack.  As time was getting on, we cooked our dinner on the rocky shore in pouring rain and with our own personal clouds of biting insects.  We could have camped here, but it would frankly have been a miserable experience.  We thought that by paddling slowly along the coast either the rain would ease or the midge attack would abate as darkness fell.  Somewhat improbably, the rain did eventually ease and we did manage to evade the midges - and passed a comfortable late evening on the north coast of Arran.

by Ian Johnston ( at September 22, 2016 09:36 pm

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Lost in Crater Lake National Park and Other Adventures

Crater Lake National Park

In less the 48 hours we’ll be turning the FJ south and making a run down the I5 corridor with our sights set on Crater Lake National Park. It’s been over 30 years since my last visit and I’m looking forward to seeing this iconic volcanic crater and lake. Crater Lake National Park I was […]

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by Steve Weileman at September 22, 2016 03:53 pm

Woman on Water
A woman's perspective on kayaking and outdoor adventures.

Lost Coast Sea Kayak Trip 2016

The winds blew and blew and blew all summer long.  We would have a couple days of lull and then blowing, blowing, blowing.  Fall has begun and the winds are blowing again.  Liquid Fusion Kayaking had another busy summer season.  Last week we finally saw a couple of days with no tours or classes and the wind stopped blowing.  Our end of summer projects - bookkeeping, paperwork, website updates, and house work took a backseat as we seized the opportunity for a sea kayak trip into the Lost Coast.
All loaded and preparing to launch through the surf. Photo by Jeff Laxier.
Just to the north of the Mendocino Coast is California's Lost Coast.  It is a rugged area that is so steep that CA's Highway 1 routes inland for 80 miles.  For backpackers and kayakers, it is a popular destination but one that is arduous and challenging.  The challenge for sea kayakers is that the Lost Coast is very exposed to wind and swell and also prone to fog.  Launching and landing can be challenging as most of the coast is lined with steep cliffs.  Most of the potential beaches for landing are steep with dumping waves that can be quite powerful and treacherous - even on days when the swell is small.
Jeff Laxier launching through rocks n surf on the Lost Coast. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
Food preparation was a bit rushed but fortunately I had been dehydrating veggies from our garden all summer for just an occasion.  Throw in a few Huppybars and some other goodies and we were set.
Nutritious and delicious food for our trip. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
Even on small swell days, launching and landing on the Lost Coast always involves surf.  Once we were launched, we were treated to a spectacular paddle with sunny skies and glassy seas.  We enjoyed the presence of numerous pelagic birds (murres, murrelets, aukelets, loons, cormorants, and pelicans) and a couple of humpback whales including a juvenile humpy who seemed to circle around us.
Glass seas and humpback whales.  Photo by Cate Hawthorne
When we landed on our destination beach, we discovered lots of animal tracks including some fresh large bear tracks.  YIKES!
Fresh bear tracks on the beach. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
I am happy to report that we did not have any wildlife issues on our trip.  A highlight was the regular appearance of a Peregrine Falcon.  The beach where we camped seemed to be in their happy hunting grounds.
Peregrine falcon soaring over our camp.  Photo by Jeff Laxier
The weather during our trip was quite varied.  Our first day was sunny and warm.  We enjoyed a spectacular sunset.
Sunset on the Lost Coast. Photo by Jeff Laxier
The full moon rising over the ridge was equally spectacular.
Full moon rising over our camp.  Photo by Jeff Laxier
Day 2, the fog rolled in.  At times it was so thick that we couldn't see more than 50 yards.  We took this time to catch up on some reading and rest.
Thick fog is not uncommon on the Lost Coast. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
When the fog lifted in the afternoon, we ventured out to paddle and explore.  Things were a bit sporty.
Cate rock gardening on California's Lost Coast. Photo by Jeff Laxier
Day 3 we enjoyed a leisurely morning then packed up and paddled out.  The skies were overcast but the seas were relatively calm.  Our loads being a bit lighter, we explored and played a bit on our return paddle.
Sea kayaking through a sea cave on California's Lost Coast. Photo by Jeff Laxier
Of course, the sun came out just as we were landing.
Final surf landing of the trip.  Photo by Jeff Laxier
As soon as we got home, we celebrated our trip at our favorite local watering hole - Piaci.  A fresh Old Rasputin and Piaci Pizza was the perfect ending to a great trip.
Old Rasputing and Piaci pizza  - a perfect post trip meal. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
Here is a link to more photos from our trip.  For more tales of paddling California's Lost Coast - join us in November at the American Canoe Association's National Paddlesports Conference in Sausalito, CA.
California's Lost Coast. Photo by Cate Hawthorne

by Cate Hawthorne ( at September 22, 2016 03:00 pm

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

Klinteby og retur

Jes og jeg tog på rotur med brænde, grillrist og alt til hotdogs hørende tilbehør. Det var en dejlig tur.

25 km

by Pouls kajakblog ( at September 22, 2016 02:20 pm

Northern California kayaking adventures

Kayak surfing fulfills a paddler's longtime dream

Update: Slideshow from "Bodega Bash"  Blogger puts lessons into practice at "Bodega Bash" kayak surfing meet on Sept. 17 (photo courtesy Mark Boyd)   The kayak instructor’s question was an easy...

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by Glenn Brank ( at September 22, 2016 10:31 am

September 21, 2016

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Kerosene Stories

In Japan, in some of the places that were hardest hit by the 2011 quake and tsunami included homes and businesses that used kerosene heaters as their main source of heat. Which may or may not be an interesting fact, depending on whether you sell heaters for a living.

One of the more difficult things about being able to positively identify items on Northwest beaches as being specifically related to the tsunami is that many of the things that got washed out to sea and that were able to make the voyage across the northern Pacific were already commonly seen on our shores. Fishing floats and buoys, nets and rope fragments, marine foamed plastic from docks and fish pens and bottle after plastic bottle, most of them with Asian writing on their caps. When the tsunami hit, these same items made the ocean crossing and there were certainly more of them about than usual, but to actually be able to know for certain that one or another of them came as a result of that fateful day was nearly impossible.

The kerosene for all those heaters, however, was stored in 20L plastic containers, at least one per house, red and sturdy jerry cans with one important characteristic: these containers are only seen on land back in Japan. They have no marine application, therefore, for them to end up on North American beaches would have to be a result of something happening to a house, or a lot of houses. Like an earthquake.

I found the one up top last Friday on Kayostla Beach, on the Olympic coast. It was sitting there on the sand, well below the last high tide line.

During 2012 and 2013, these cans were a pretty common sight but there aren’t nearly as many of them now. Because they all went to sea as a result of a singular event, the majority of them made landfall within range of each other, between northern California and Alaska. (The ones on the right were found on the beach on Augustine Island during our 2013 expedition.) Still, every now and then, another one comes ashore, battered and cracked, with the remains of a few hundred pelagic barnacles still stuck hard to its skin. Each of these distinctive containers is a reminder of that terrible day, with a thought to the home where it used to be and the dangers inherent in living on this particular planet.

by Ken Campbell at September 21, 2016 05:22 pm


Los mejores momentos del día

Esta claro que todos tenemos buenos y malos momentos cada día, algunos son siempre malos (aquellos en el que el despertador es protagonista por ejemplo..) y otros son siempre buenos. Creo que es una buena práctica centrarse en los segundos, que pueden ser muchos y de diferentes gradaciones. Este es siempre unos de los mejores para mi.

by Jose Bello ( at September 21, 2016 05:34 pm

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Otro año más de concentración caletera

Pues ya ha pasado el encuentro anual del 2016.  Bastantes participantes, alrededor de 80, con todo tipo de kayaks, pero con un denominador común las ganas de pasarlo bien dándole unos palos al agua..

El itinerario completo tenía algo menos de 8 millas, la primera parte comun a todos, y la segunda algo más exigente, para los mas aguerridos/as. Las buenas condiciones de la mar nos permitieron aprovechar todos los rincones, desde aguas abiertas a los jardines de roca. La importante marea nos permitió variar considerablemente los escenarios por donde pasamos. 





Pinchar para ver mas foto, y aqui otra remesa.

Un solo objetivo se quedo sin conseguir... este año tampoco..... pudimos acabar con el segundo barril de cerveza..! 

by Jose Bello ( at September 21, 2016 04:25 pm

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

A Virtual Before and After of Mt. St. Helens

St Helens

Ok, I’ll admit I’m might be overusing my poetic license on this one. But I was struck by contrast of the crater atop of Mt. St. Helens and the green valley in the foreground. It wasn’t after I finished reading the excellent book, Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens  by Steve Olson that I saw […]

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by Steve Weileman at September 21, 2016 03:02 pm
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Sony FDR-X3000R Action Cam

Så här ser nya Sony Sony FDR-X3000R Action Cam 4K kameran ut. Nu när Gopro kommer med en kamera som inte behöver extra yttrehölje så känns det som en nackdel att Sony måste ha det. Är dock ett utmärkt skydd mot repor mm. Gopro har det som tillbehör..

by Bengt Larsson at September 21, 2016 10:17 am

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Cherry Gallery: Unique Scroll Grip Paddle

Another fascinating paddle find has been listed by the folks over at Their September 2016 page of current items has a listing of a paddle with a very interesting, assymetrical scroll grip.

Scroll Grip Canoe Paddle
Circa 1900
7" w, 66" h

Here's their writeup on this unique piece which has already sold...

We have handled hundreds of quality antique canoe paddles, but never one quite like this example which turned up in a downeast Maine estate. It is a birch paddle with a rolled grip finished on the ends with concentric ring buttons. The grip eases into a gracefully chamfered flat handle. The tapered blade has flared shoulders and a pronounced center ridge which is characteristics of northeastern Native designs. The old, slightly crazed finish is superb.

Scroll grip closeup

Scroll grip closeup

by Murat ( at September 21, 2016 06:59 am

September 20, 2016
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Har köpt en Seabird Black Pearl HV

Testade min nya kajak i 10 min, en hel del behöver fixas för att den ska passa mig. fotstöden är ett rejält hjärnsläpp. kvaliteten känns tveksam…oroande mjukt däck framför sittbrunnen.

by Bengt Larsson at September 20, 2016 10:14 pm

Gopro 5

Huum ser ut som Gopro 5 verkligen är bra. Sony kommer även de med nytt. Kampen fortsätter om att göra bästa action cam.

by Bengt Larsson at September 20, 2016 10:05 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

A fire on Kintyre

The coast north of Carradale is wooded right to the edge of the water and feels quite remote as the minor road leaves the coast and goes inland.  

Near to Eilean Grianain (sunny island) we stopped for luncheon and watched the "Ronja Challenger" manoeuvring alongside the salmon cages of a large fish farm.  A newly built vessel, the Ronja Challenger is Norwegian registered and is on a five year contract with Marine Harvest Scotland.

Described as a "wellboat", her job is to transport live fish from fish farms for either transfer to another location or to a processing plant.  She is 70 metres long and has a capacity of 1800 cubic metres - that's a lot of fish! 

Beyond the fish farm the hills of Arran remained resolutely in cloud, but we thought we detected a slight lifting of the cloud base as the afternoon went on.

Our next stop was on the inviting sand of the beach at Grogport - great name but sadly no grog seemed to be available other than that safely stowed in our kayaks for the evening.

The mica rock on this beach is featured in thin layers almost like scales - this half buried boulder resembled a huge seashell. 

Underway again, the seabed beneath our boats was lit with beautiful shades of green in the pale sunlight. During the next hour or so we looked at various camping spots on the shore which we'd marked as "possible" on our maps, settling on a rather fine spot.......

...where we could land on a shingle beach usable at all states of the tide......

...with a good bit of level ground behind on which to pitch our tents.  The ground was a little stony for the pegs but we both got good spots and put up the tents, the green colours blending unobtrusively with the vegetation.

Before dinner we gathered a quantity of driftwood, and after dinner we lit a fire below the highest tide line utilising a "Wilcox Ignition Aid" TM

Keeping the fire small and contained meant that we could generate a good heat.......

...and sit in comfort in our Helinox camp chairs with a Sports Recovery Drink and warmed by both fire and a small dram of our favoured Jura whisky - life seemed particularly agreeable!......

....and continued to be agreeable as we chatted long into the evening.  Baked potatoes were placed in the embers at "Log Mark 6" for the requisite 40 minutes and eaten with salt and butter under a sky which had cleared to show a swathe of the Milky Way.  All in all it was a pretty perfect evening, and it was as well that we enjoyed it as the following evening would be quite a contrast....

by Ian Johnston ( at September 20, 2016 10:00 pm

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt

Med Winzent på Lofoten

Vi har nu anlänt Lofoten, ett stort område bestående av flera öar ihopbundna av E10 via broar och tunnlar. Oerhört vackert med kontraster, högt och lågt, vasst och mjukt, mörkt och ljust, färgsprakande höst och gråblåa toner.

Ett ställe vi med all sannolikhet kommer att återvända till.

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Inlägget Med Winzent på Lofoten dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Pia Sjöstedt at September 20, 2016 07:57 pm

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

Tirsdagstur med et kig på bugten

Vi var en halv snes klubkammerater der tog på tirsdagstur. Den gik til Karrebæksminde. Vejret var så fint at de nye roede med uden for molehovederne og fik ders første kig på bugten fra havkajak. Det gjorde stort indtryk. "Der er godt nok meget vand!", var en af kommentarerne. Vi nød madpakkerne ved Søfronten.
17 km

by Pouls kajakblog ( at September 20, 2016 08:29 am

September 19, 2016

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

The Dragon, the Star*, and the Lady in the Harbor.

I just had to see these photos next to each other. Hōkūle'a visited us in June and is now heading back our way after a visit to Canada via the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes; Draken Harald Hårfagre just arrived here in NYC, after their own visit to the Great Lakes, on Saturday the 17th. I wish I could've been there when the voyagers met on the Erie Canal!

I'd loved the photo of the Hōkūle'a at the Statue of Liberty that Nāʻālehu Anthony at ʻŌiwi TV took in June, and when Bjoern Kils from the New York Media Boat posted his similar shot from the New York Media Boat, I just had to see the two shots side by side. Visit the NY Media Boat blog for more glorious photos of the arrival. For full details on the Viking longship's visit, through next Sunday, click here.

*Hōkūle'a = "Star of Gladness", the Hawaiian name for Arcturus. 

by (bonnie) at September 19, 2016 11:44 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

September 19th - Cadboro Bay (#92)

Bill and I went for an afternoon paddle around the bay. There was a bit of a SW wind that helped us cross the bay quickly, but otherwise conditions were nice. We were both in skin-on-frame boats, though Bill's is a more traditional design.
click to enlarge
6 km, YTD 789 km

by Mike J ( at September 19, 2016 10:30 pm

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Chestnut / Peterborough Refurbish Part 1

Started the refurbishment of the 14 foot Chestnut Playmate / Peterborough Mermaid I was lucky to pick up last October. I knew going in that the original canvas on the hull  was nearing the end of its lifespan and would need to be replaced. It had cracked significantly and exposed patches of underlying filled canvas.

Cracked paint on original canvas

But as the weather turned last fall, there wasn't sufficient opportunity to re-canvas and apply filler. Itching to get it out into the water ASAP, I also didn't want to waste much of this paddling season waiting months for the filler to cure. Instead, some time was spent carefully prepping the original canvas for a new coat of primer and paint. Knew from reading on the WHCA forums that this would never get rid of all the cracks but could be used to stretch another season or two out of the canoe.

Over the course of several days, the canvas was delicately scraped around the cracked areas removing bits of old paint flakes. The hull was then lightly hand sanded with 120 grit being sure not to go down to the canvas weave. The last paint job was sloppy as well with plenty of drip bubbles along the hull so sanding helped to smooth down the hull.

To fill some of the wider cracks and chipped areas, I read a tip of using a high quality epoxy based wood filler as an acceptable short-term solution. In the end, I had some of this Minwax High Performance Wood Filler on hand.

It is messy to use and needs plenty of ventilation but I've had good results with it for other wood repairs around the house. Bit by bit it was worked into the trouble spots on the hull with a putty knife with the intention of sanding off the excess.

Messy epoxy putty worked into canvas gouges

By the time the day was done, I sort of went a bit overboard filling any large and small areas so the canoe looked like it had some tropical skin disease.

Uneven surfaces filled

Minwax HP filler is tougher to sand then other types of wood filler I've used, but it can get smoothed out nicely. Here's a typical area sanded clean of the excess.

Paint wise, I ended up using the cheap solution here in Canada. Tremclad Rustoleum Oil based Rust Paints which are significantly cheaper than the Epifanes Yacht enamel popularly used for cedar canvas canoes up here. To ensure better adhesion over all the filler spots, I ended up laying on a primer layer. Not sure if it was necessary, but did it anyway. Rustoleum has a nice Rust-Oxide colour primer (as well as the usual grey) that is more colour compatible with its Regal Red.


If this was meant to be a professional job, the outwales and brass stem bands should've been removed but the original steel screws holding on the gunnels have corroded heavily and the heads have been covered in caked-on varnish. The brass stembands had also been sloppily painted over by the former owner with the previous coat paint filling the tiny screw heads. Too much effort and time would be spent having to clean each screw head just for removal. Instead of doing that now, figured I'll spend the effort of cleaning and removing those once a full re-canvas is done in a year or two. For now, the outwales and stem bands were taped off for the primer layer.

Rust coloured Primer layer

The primer was then sanded down again to get rid of any remaining irregularities in the hull and in preparation of the colour coat. Didn't get a shot of it but after this, a layer of flexible polyurethane sealant was spread on either side of the shoe keel to fill some gaps where old bedding compound had peeled away.


Here's a shot of the Regal Red rust paint going on the hull. 

Single coat of paint going on

Here is the completed result taken from our elevated 2nd story deck...

I knew going in that no amount of surface work on a cracked canvas exterior would result in a completely new finished looked, but overall I'm happy with this little cosmetic surgery. The hull is more even and just a few remaining cracks are faintly noticeable under the new primer + paint layers. Still more cosmetic work to do on the interior with varnish and seats but that writeup will be in another post. Hoping to get it into the water in a few weeks, maybe even for a birthday paddle in early August.

Update: August 2016 - Read Part 2 of the restoration in this post.

by Murat ( at September 19, 2016 05:07 pm

Maiden Test of the Playmate & Sassafras paddle

Got a few hours to dip the 14foot Chestnut Playmate / Peterborough Mermaid into some water after finishing the basic refurbish (read part 1 post here and part 2 here). We're lucky enough to live a quick 10 minute drive to Cherry Beach in Toronto, where one can access some protected waters and paddle around. The real point of the trip was to see if the re-sealing job on the canvas held up and if the boat had any leaking issues.

Quick access to the lake

This was also the first water test for the latest Sassafras paddle I've been  working on since last year. Also brought along the Birch Cree paddle as a backup.

Loaded up ready for the first dip

First impressions of the canoe were great. She is certainly deeper and narrower than the 14' built with Pam Wedd back in '08. The playmate / mermaid feels like it rides lower in the water and the shoe keel makes the canoe feel stiffer. Thought it handled very well heeled over too. The sassafras paddle worked really well. Feels lightweight but has a nice bit of flex, like ash. I've got 2 more paddles in the works from Sassafras that should be fun to paddle with too.

After confirming that no water was gushing into the boat, I proceeded to do a little tour of the bay. Instead of going over to the channels in the Toronto Islands, this time I just paddled the shoreline of Tommy Thompson Park. It's actually an urban dump for concrete construction waste and dredged sediment that has become a naturalized bird sanctuary. There is a healthy popluation of urban coyotes taking up residence here too.

Naturalized shoreline and shallow beach shore

Loads of ducks and waterfowl abound, but I was drawn to follow a pair of mute swans in the distance...

Mute swans and other waterfowl

Around one bend, I started to smell a strong fishy odour only to see this beast dead on shore. For size reference, there is a washed up can at the upper left. Some type of carp I suppose?

Right after I took the shot, I noticed two large bluish fish quickly shoot under the canoe. They looked to be the size of the paddle blade (27") and could be some of the Salmon being stocked into the lake for the sport fishery.

Anyway, more paddling and one quickly realizes that Tommy Thompson Park has become a huge nesting ground for Cormorants. Their guttural croaks silhouetted outlines make the whole area look pretty eerie.

Always reminding you that you are in an urban centre, started to hear an aggressive motor roaring. It was a Police Boat zooming off to an emergency call...

Eventually turned around and took a last look at the city skyline before heading back in...

Turns out there is a little bit of water seepage from the stern stem which can be easily dealt with some more sealant. Might have to remove the stem band to seal properly afterall, but I've confident I can get at least 2-3 seasons more usage out of her before the need to recanvas..

by Murat ( at September 19, 2016 05:05 pm

Mi'kmaw Artist Edwin Benham Paddle Closeup

A quick followup to an earlier post on the paddle art of Mi'kmaw Artist, Edwin Benham.

The White Point Lodge has an additional post with a closeup of the decorative carvings. Turns out the paddles were commissioned to serve as elaborate door handle for their main entry.

by Murat ( at September 19, 2016 02:38 am

September 18, 2016

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

The "Car" in Carradale

When we arrived back at Saddell Bay after walking up to the Abbey the view across the Kilbrannan Sound to Arran was obscured by heavy rain showers.....

...but there were signs of the weather improving with blue sky and sunlight giving an almost strobe effect as alternate light and shadow passed overhead.

We got on the water and almost as soon as we set off had a wonderful wildlife encounter.  As I paddled through a gap close to the rocky shore an Otter surfaced quite cloe ahead of me.  Rather than diving immediately or showing alarm, it swam quite deliberately almost to my boat, then dived and swam past to one side; I could clearly see it underwater as a silver shape with bubbles trailing from its coat.  Having surfaced behind me, the Otter took a look back then just went on hunting - a great close-up view.

The weather continued to improve as we headed north and by the time we stopped for second breakfast at Torrisdale Bay we were able to enjoy our coffee in pleasant sunshine.

Across the bay is the site of a hillfort situated on the headland of Carradale Point.  We paddled across and climbed up to explore the fort - little can be seen apart from the shape of the walls, now overgrown.

The place was built with a view though - right up and down Kilbrannan Sound and beyond to the Firth of Clyde.

Like many of these hillforts, there are signs of vitrification at Carradale Point, the most obvious section was just outside the main wall; we could clearly make out the joints of individual boulders had been fused by intense heat.

It's a short paddle from Torrisdale Bay to the harbour and village of Carradale, but we planned to stop again at the harbour to use the public toilets and to replenish drinking water.  Douglas had warned me that Carradale might not be what I imagined, and he was right........

Approaching the harbour, we paddled below an absolute eyesore of jumbled wreckage.  Old caravans, furniture, derelict Portakabins and cars were piled up at the edge of the water near a grim looking house.  It was a jarring sight and we later found out by chatting to a local that all this rubbish and more had been caused by one individual who owns a property at the harbour, and that there was little the community were able to do about it.  The village itself lies uphill from the harbour and is neatly kept, so it's doubly unfortunate that the harbour is such a mess.

The breakwater and pier were built in a curving sweep, originally in stonework.  This became very expensive and labour-intensive to maintain so a these days the stone is encased in steel sheet-pile, less picturesque but an effective way to maintain the operation of this working harbour.  Aside from Creel boats we saw a couple of modern and functional fish farm work-boats leave the harbour to service the large fish farms to the north.  Carradale village has undoubted charm, if only the "car" bit could be tidied up......

by Ian Johnston ( at September 18, 2016 08:12 pm

Kollbergs Kajakblogg
Nynäshamn / Stockholm / Sweden

Lunchpaddling runt Landsort

Det är söndag och mitten av september. Solen lyser och det är varmt och skönt. Pelle, Carina och Mats kommer förbi. Lastar upp den fjärde kajaken. Vi sätter kurs mot Ankarudden. Det är nästan vindstilla. Skjuter ut kajakerna och styr ner mot Landsorts norra udde. Bestämmer oss för att gå på östra sidan. En lätt dyning sköljer upp längs klipporna och det bildas krabb sjö. Vid Bredmaren drar vi upp kajakerna. Äter lunch på släta och varma klipphällar. Vattnet är klart med mängder av maneter. En örn lyfter på nära håll.

Pelle, Carina och Mats för en härlig tur.

by Kenneth Kollberg ( at September 18, 2016 08:11 pm

Björn Thomasson Design

Oss fyrromantiker emellan…

Cape Wrath lighthouse, som inspirerat Winterson till

Det är något med fyrar! Om det är fyrarna i sig som utöver dragningskraft eller platserna de står på eller att de står för något som skyddar mot okända faror – eller som hos Mumintrollen där fyren sveper med blicken över havet och varsamt leder båtarna bort från faror – är svårt att veta.

Jag går alltid iland på öar med fyrar jag passerar under paddelturer, och om möjligt klättrar upp i dem: har varit uppe i flera av de Heidenstamfyrar som fortfarande står kvar (Pater Noster, Måseskär, Sandhammaren, Svenska Högarna, Utklippan, Kullens fyrmen har några kvar att besöka), jag har blivit mobbad av tretåig mås på dubbelfyren från 1800-talet på Nidingen, och paddlat runt Skåne med tuschpenna och ritblock (Kullen här till höger), och i mina gamla kajakskissböcker finns mängder med fyrbilder (den på andra uppslaget förställer Högbondens fyr).

Andra har varit lika engagerade. Jim Danielsson har erövrat fyrar runt hela Skandinavien i decennier – ”erövringen” går till så att han paddlar ut och rundar fyren eller den ö den står på, så att han kan rita en ögla på färdlinjen i sjökortet.

Det finns massor av spännande litteratur om fyrar. Den som gjort störst intryck är en gammal reportagebok av Tony Parker ”Lighthouse”, som helt enkelt är samtal med fyrvaktare i det engelska fyrväsendet, Trinity House. Det styrs av regler som knappast ändrats sedan Nelsons dagar; unga adepter antas och tillbringar ofta hela livet i en stelnad hierarkisk administration ­ – nästan livegna men mycket väl omhändertagna under tiden. Ett fantastiskt socialreportage.

Ljus längs kusten” av Anders Hedin är en vacker bok med berättelser från tio svenska fyrplatser. Av samme Anders Hedin finns också en av de vackraste böcker jag sett: ”Sveriges fyrar : originalritningar 1678-1902”.

No Port in a Storm” av Bob MacAlindin handlar om det hårda livet på de engelska fyrskeppen.

Livet på Nidingen: en rapport om hur det var att leva och arbeta på Sveriges äldsta fyrplats”  av Mia Danelius.

Lite skönlitteratur:

Pappan och havet” av Tove Jansson naturligtvis!

Fyren mellan haven” av M.L. Stedman.

"Mot fyren" av Virginia Woolf.

Och så “Lighthousekeeping” av Jeanette Winterson, ­som är den egentliga anledningen till hela den här notisen: du missade väl inte TV-programmet igår kväll om Sofia Livebrants tonsättning av Wintersons text (alltså tonsättning av en prosatext – jo det fungerar!). I programmet reser hon runt i Skottland, Sverige, Norge och Danmark och i improviserade “konsertlokaler” i eller nära fyrarna framför sina verk tillsammans med Lisa Eriksson Långbacka på dragspel och Hal Parfitt-Murray på gitarr, mandolin och fiol. Det blev en fascinerande timme med underfunding och stämningfull sång och music i spännande fyrar och med med möten spännande människor (här är en kort trailer).

En av mycket få gånger i sommar det funnits anledning att slå på TV:n – och så finns det inte på SVT Play!

by Björn Thomasson at September 18, 2016 06:46 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

September 18th - Discovery Island (#91)

Paulo and I went for a Sunday morning run around Chatham and Discovery Islands. We did not see the wolf or any campers. Today is the last day that the park is open (until next spring?) since it is being closed due to the thoughtless actions of a group with a dog last weekend. Conditions were excellent. The strong ebb current did not cause us too much trouble! We saw lots of birds as well as river otters, sea lions and harbour seals.
At this rate I am well on schedule to complete my 1000 km and 100 paddle goal...
click to enlarge
15 km, YTD 783

by Mike J ( at September 18, 2016 02:06 pm

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Høydal – Våje, 10 på skjæret

Sist lørdag var jeg innstilt på kjedelige ting innendørs, for jeg trodde det skulle bli overskyet. Da jeg våknet til blå himmel og null vind, var det bare én ting å gjøre. Jeg pakket i all hast og kom meg av gårde, for å samle en ny post i 10 på skjæret – Våje. Dessverre var det ikke tid til å jakte på selskap, jeg våknet litt seint.

Jeg startet fra Høydalen. Hvorfor et område skog er uten blader allerede lurte jeg litt på, men har ikke funnet svaret. Er det en tresort som mister bladene lenge før de andre?

Det som står i fjæra er for øvrig nymotens fiskehjeller. Konstruksjon i metall som er noe mer solid enn de gammeldagse av tre. Men stokkene man henger fisken på er fortsatt treverk.

Myre havn er jo utbedret de siste årene, noe som betyr at det har kommet en laaang molo ut fra havnen siden sist. Det gjør at man ikke ser mindre båter på tur ut, før de plutselig dukker opp ganske langt ute. Det var litt ekkelt med så liten oversikt, så jeg valgte å krysse Prestfjorden et stykke ut, og det kom heldigvis ingen båter på kryssende kurs. Det kunne kommet plutselig på.

Jeg droppet Nordsanden denne gang, siden det var så sent på dagen. Dersom det ble tid skulle jeg heller tar en tur innom der på retur, tenkte jeg.

Det var lite bølger men litt drag i sjøen. Flott dag.

Kort vei fra hav til fjell her ute.

Det var ikke så veldig mange steder å padle mellom, men jeg benyttet meg av de som var.

Lykta på Våje. Jeg har ennå ikke helt vennet meg til at det kom ei ny her for noen år siden, men den er jo også fin. Den rustne var litt mer særpreget, bare.

Ti på skjæret - Våje i boks! Begynner å bli en del skjær på meg nå.

Årets korsedderkopper var begynt å bli størrelse på, men var ikke riktig så store eller så mange som forventet. Det er jo sent på året nå.
De er litt kule på undersiden også, så lenge man slipper å være borti dem… Kule å se på, men der stopper det.

Nydelig, rett og slett.

Opp av asken på Sørsand har det steget et nytt hus. Det brant jo helt tilfeldigvis, gammelhuset som bare sto der.

Det blir ikke verst sted å bruke fritiden sin på dette her, ser det ut for.

Jeg spiste meg litt mat og tok fatt på returen. Det var en fin dag, så det var bare å snirkle litt mer imellom her og der, deilig med sjøluft og bruset på yttersida. Synd å ikke ha tid til å få med seg flere, men i dag hadde jeg også litt behov for å være alene og i fred, egentlig. Så det var greit nok, alt i alt.

Denne er det ikke mye igjen av lenger. Sjøsprøyten tærer sakte men sikkert. Men den er neppe så mye i bruk lenger, heller.

Søsteinen. Sist jeg padlet her dro jeg på innsiden, men det var litt for mye trøkk til å gjøre det helt alene i dag syntes jeg.

Herlige fjell.

Her kommer man imellom!

N-28-Ø på tur til heimehavna. Emil Leander heter den, ser det ut for. Dessverre flatet bølgene etter den ut før de nådde meg. :(

Det er helt tydelig en del fugler som har myteperioden sin nå, for det var stadig fjær som fløt rundt.

Det ble tid til å ta en tur innom Nordsanden. Jeg skulle se til 10 på bølgan-boksen som Brottsport satte ut her for noen år siden. Heldigvis var jeg med da Remi satte den ut for dem, ellers hadde jeg nok aldri funnet den. Her inni buskaset står den, du kan såvidt skimte den midt i bildet om du ser nøye.

Festingen hadde faktisk holdt helt fint. Men ikke én person har skrevet seg inn i boka. Jeg tok hele boksen med, nå har vi sporløst opplegg med bilder istedenfor disse boksene plassert ut i terrenget.

Nordsanden er ganske stor. Det er en del hus her, men de ligger i motsatt ende. (For øvrig en av strendene her som ikke er sånn kritthvite. Greit å huske. Den er fin likevel.)

Jeg krysset over til moloen, og fulgte den innover. Her har jeg kommet litt utenfor Vorneset – det ser ut som noen har brukt dette til søppelplass. Hva er det med disse folkene som synes det er greit å tømme søppel i naturen? Hvem er de? Skulle gjerne hatt meg en prat med noen sånne, for jeg lurer veldig på hva som foregår i hodene på dem når de gjør det.

Denne båten fant jeg ikke helt ut av. Det sto ikke nummer på den, men den drev og sjekket noen teiner så det ut for. Men det så ikke ut for at det var så mye i dem, ikke mens jeg så på i hvert fall. Krabbeteiner?

Dagens rute.

by Miamaria ( at September 18, 2016 11:36 am

Torso Rotation
An Oregon Coast Blog and Kayaking Journal

The Myth of Eternal Reccurence

A small bird, gray shot with blue, alights on a pine branch. She lands, looks left then right, spies a small beetle which she pecks up. Behind her, an alder leaf, blown on the...

by Paul Steinberg at September 18, 2016 03:55 am

September 17, 2016

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

Møns nordkyst

En tidlig morgen flygtede jeg fra Møn. Eller rettere de horder af myg der fulgte mig ned til kysten da jeg kørte af sted med min kajakvogn fra campingpladsen på Ulvshale til isætningstedet ved stranden lige øst for pladsen. Jeg har aldrig oplevet noget lignende. Myg i næsen, myg i munden, myg i ørene, myg i munden og lådne arme og ben. Det er åbenbart Ulvhale en tidlig septembermorgen.

Jeg fik lynhurtigt skilt kajakvognen ad, lagt hjulene i agterlugen og resten surret fast på agterdækket og flygtede ud i bølgerne - fuldstændig ligeglad med at et par af dem havnede inde i kajakken. Jeg skulle bare væk fra myggehelvedet.

Det kom jeg heldigvis ca 300 m fra kysten, og vuggende blidt i noget gammel sø, fik jeg med min svamp søbet det meste op af kajakken, tømt cockpittet for de sidste myg og sat spraydækket på. Sikke en start på en tur.

Efter at have roet små 5 km så jeg noget mærkeligt på vandet. En besynderlig trekant lå og gyngede i bølgerne. Det viste sig at være en fluefisker i en flydering. Han havde ikke fanget nogen fisk, men set flere ørreder springe.
Efter 10 km's roning langs den disede kyst var det tid til en lille pause. Her stødte jeg på et par nordmænd der var kørt fra Oslo for at fiske på Møn. De havde heller ikke fanget noget, men var også kommet lidt sent ud til kysten. Der er alm enighed om at ørredfiskeri er bedst morgen og aften.
Snart var jeg på vandet igen og satte kursen mod turens udgangspunkt. Jeg havde ikke roet lang tid før en ørred hoppede helt ud af vandet lige foran mig. Helt inaktive var de åbenbart ikke midt på formiddagen.

Det havde blæst lidt op - modvind selvfølgelig - så jeg måtte bruge lidt flere kræfter for at komme fremad end på udturen. Det gjorde nu ikke noget - der skal helst være lidt bølger, når man ror havkajak

Der skete ikke så meget, bortset fra at jeg mødte 3 havkajakroere, der var ved at sætte i vandet. De var på vej rundt om Møn i etaper. Dagens tur var rundt om Klinten, og med vestenvind var der lagt op til en flot og behagelig tur.

Jeg sluttede de 21 km af med et par rul ved stranden, inden jeg rowede i land og riggede kajakvognen til. Myggene var blæst væk, så det foregik i ro og mag, og med kørestolevejen over stranden gik hjemturen tilcampingpladsen som en leg.

by Pouls kajakblog ( at September 17, 2016 09:05 pm

September 16, 2016

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Skipssanden–Nyksund–Stø: Topp avslutning på helgen

Lene og jeg hadde så langt hatt en flott helg. Fredagskvelden (HER) var flott, turen til Anda (HER) likeså, og returen tilbake med snirkling og fisking var også fin (HER). Søndag var planen en tur til Nyksund, dersom været tillot det – som bildet avslører så gikk det bra.

Det så ikke helt bra ut om morgenen da jeg kikket ut av teltåpningen. Tåka hadde kommet. Men havet lå flatt, så det burde være muligheter for padling likevel. Jeg hadde bare håpet på blå himmel også.

Tåka trakk seg ganske tidlig opp, så vi hadde god sikt utover havet likevel.

Stein-Evert hadde jo gått Dronningruta dagen før, og vi hadde sendt melding om kvelden at han måtte gjerne slenge seg med oss søndag hvis han ville. Jammen dukket han opp om morran, før vi egentlig var helt stått opp. Det vil si, stått opp var kanskje det eneste vi var, pakket var vi definitivt ikke.

Det var gode muligheter for imellomsnirkling og terping på styretak og denslags. Det var slett ikke dumt å øve på med lastet kajakk, jeg merket kjapt at det var en stund siden. Det tok jo år og dag før den reagerte, i forhold til når man padler med kajakken tom…

Gapahuken på Enge. Det var såpass kort hit at vi gadd ikke å gå i land, men det var artig å ha fått sett denne omsider. Ikke minst funnet ut presist hvor det er den ligger hen. Vi fant for øvrig ut at her er drivved nok til hur store bål som helst! Vi kunne absolutt ha fyrt et stort bål dagen før, om vi hadde dratt på en liten ved-ekspedisjon. Da vet vi det til neste gang.

«Folkens! Æ har funne eksklusiv tang! Den e spiselig!»
Søl er en bladformet rødalge, som jeg har fått snusen i skal være ganske fjong og eksklusiv blant de som er interessert i sånt. Forbausende lett å få disse andre til å smake!

Den slo kanskje best an som underholdning, for direkte godt var det ikke. Ettersmaken var – rar. Men så er det vel ikke akkurat rett fra havet til kjeften den er best til bruk heller, tror jeg. Hadde jeg vært i nød skulle jeg nok klart å spise litt sånn.

Blåskjellhjerte på stein var litt stilig. Dessverre såpass overskyet at kamera ikke helt ville være med, men.

Foto: Lene Gjelsvik
Lene har lagt dette bildet i bloggen (HER) sin. Et passelig plask ved siden av Stein-Evert som padlet i front her. Hva det var?

Svaret finner du ved å legge sammen den gule kula og gliset i dette bildet som er tatt kort tid etter selve plasket.

Bak denne morenen ligger Langvadalsvatnan. På kanten her så vi en rekke vandrere som gikk Dronningruta. De var ikke riktig like heldige med været som Stein-Evert sitt følge var dagen før.

Bittelitt drag i sjøen, men det var ikke rare greiene i dag heller. Du snakker om rolig helg på havet på yttersiden!

Ikke så mye mer å utforske her, så vi tok sikte på odden og fulgte berget der noen dristige sauer holdt til, videre bortover.

– HOI!!! En blå brennmanet – denne er stor!

Finere sett ovenfra kanskje?

Det er ikke helt enkelt å fotografere maneter. De har det med å flytte seg feil vei, for høyt eller for dypt i vannet, og så reker jo kajakken litt også.

Her på tvers. De er ganske kule?

Artig med maneter i Trollvika, men nå begynner Nyksund å friste mer, så vi padler videre.

Men – så lysende Stein-Evert har blitt? Sitter han i sola?

Ja, vi har rett og slett svinflaks. Idet vi nærmer oss Nyksund begynner sola å bryte gjennom tåka. Attpåtil er tungsjøen fra en sånn retning og så lite at vi kan padle gjennom denne kanalen. Det har jeg aldri kunnet før. Litt mer fjære sjø, så hadde det ligget stein i veien også.

Nyksund i sikte! Det er noe eget ved å runde her fra periferien, og vips så ligger det et lite sted her, med restauranter og gallerier.

Her skal vi snart sitte! Ekspedisjonen anbefales, uansett om man kommer hit med bil eller kajakk. Maten er god, og nå har de fått god plass på uterestauranten også. Det var her jeg lærte å like fiskesuppe – den er god.

Denne siden av værret er nå finest, med bryggene som ligger slik på rekke. Noen uker senere var det marked her, det blir en egen stemning i slike omgivelser.

Foto: Stein-Evert Pettersen
Det var kommet på plass mer flytebrygge siden sist, innerst i vågen. Den var utmerket til å gå i land på, men som jeg i grunnen har ventet, så måtte jo tauet på håndtaket foran på kajakken slites før eller siden. Det er så skarpe kanter at det gnages av. Så akkurat da jeg var i ferd med å dra den opp og få tyngdepunkter på land, røk det, og kajakken endte på hodet på havet. (Selvsagt med dagsluka åpen, så den ble det masse vann i.)

Det var nå så, verre var at jeg fikk en skikkelig smell på den ene fingeren – hvordan nå dét har skjedd. Heldigvis har restauranter is, så det ble nok ikke så ille som det kunne blitt.

Det klarnet stadig mer opp, og vi satte oss ute på kaia når vi skulle spise middag. Dette var rett og slett det beste jeg har smakt på lenge. Herlige kombinasjoner.

Noen spanderte sågar på seg ei utepils! Årets første og sikkert eneste for min del. (Bare ei da. Fyllepadler ikke.) Og ja, vi hadde samme kamera alle tre – til og med samme fargen. Kanskje ikke så rart vi byttet litt på hvem sine vi tok med – selv om noen gjorde det med vilje, he he.

Desserten var også kjempegod, jeg satset på creme brulee. Den rare guffen på bildet er imidlertid brunost-is! Det smakte brunost, eller kanskje mer prim. Mer artig enn godt, men ikke stygt i hvert fall.

Etter middag var vi stappmette, men tok en liten rusletur i værret. Her et lite innslag fra den nye kiosken.

Sånn kan man også si det.

Vi var også en tur innom Holmvik Brygge og galleriet ytterst i værret. Kjøpte meg nok et fiskesmykke der, men klarte å stå imot det dyre smykket med spekkhoggertann. Selv om det nok er verdt pengene, så bruker jeg alt for sjelden smykker til å kjøpe det, fornuftig sett.

Vi måtte jo svinge en tur innom disse krokete pålene. Hva er det som har stått her en gang, tro?

Vi kom snart inn under skyene igjen, men det gjorde ingenting. Turen var så langt i pluss allerede, at det var mye å gå på.

Litt mer bølger på retur, men ikke noe å snakke om.

Vi snirklet litt imellom holmene på retur, der fikk jeg sett disse i aksjon når de er under vann. Artig, men ikke helt enkelt å ta bilde av – de var lynkjappe.

Solnedgangen ble ikke like spektakulær som kveldene før, men litt fint lys ble det.

Ser du ansiktet med nesegrevet?

Tilbake på Stø lå Viljar til kai. Den er kul, men den ble lavere og lavere bakover så jeg padlet ikke under likevel.

Flott tur, flott helg, her må jeg padle oftere. Enkelt og greit. Fingeren går det for øvrig bedre med, selv om den ennå flere uker etterpå ikke er blitt helt bra.

by Miamaria ( at September 16, 2016 05:10 pm

Björn Thomasson Design

Hunter – Nico Vertriest

Hunter – Nico Vertriest

Nico Vertriest i Norge sjösatte tidigare i sommar en ny kajak – en Hunter – som komplement till den Black Pearl han byggde för ett år sedan.

"Hei Bjørn,

Hunteren er ferdig for sjøsetting.  Det var en kjempemorsomt prosjekt, og ser nå frem til å ta den på dags eller kanskje helgetur. Jeg er veldig nysgjerrig på hvordan den er på bølger.

Takk for all hjelp jeg fikk fra deg." 

Hunter – Nico Vertriest

by Björn Thomasson at September 16, 2016 05:15 am

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

More Coney Island

As semi-promised in a comment in the Cyclone post, I did get home early enough to run through the rest of my Coney Island pix. Fun seeing how much people were savoring that symbolic last weekend of summer (Old Farmer's Almanac says the Fall equinox is on 9/22, but somehow those weeks after Labor Day don't seem to count) - probably all the more since we'd all expected to spend most of the weekend looking out the windows at the storm. It was a lovely afternoon out there, I was originally planning on just getting some cleaning done as I'd planned when the weather was supposed to be foul on Sunday and Monday, but I didn't think twice about it when I got my friend's text saying he was on his way out to do a little picture-taking and did I want to come along. Heck yeah. And that was a good call, too. Click here for the day's Flickr album

by (bonnie) at September 16, 2016 04:32 am

September 15, 2016

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

A request for readers -

Just a request on the off chance anyone wanders back into the archives here - a while back, Google decided to kill Picasa Web and just make it all into Google photos. Links to Blogger were supposed to keep working and that is the case where I uploaded pictures directly to a blog post, but anywhere where I'd linked to a Picasa Web album using the URL, you now get an error message. I don't think people generally look that far back, but on the off chance you ever follow a link in an old post that's supposed to take you to an album, and you get this page instead, could you do me a big favor and leave a comment about that on that post? That would let me find it and fix it.The albums are still available, it's just the links that are broken - this is not a high-priority project for me as this blog is and always has been just for fun, but I will fix them as I find them. Thanks!

The link in the sample actually popped up in my Facebook memories - in 2010 we'd just finished the 4th leg of the 5 Years Around Long Island Trip - link was - now it's".

I should have a "nerd" label for posts like this.

by (bonnie) at September 15, 2016 10:15 pm

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Historic Paddle Photo: With Rod and Gun in New England

Here's another grainy photo from With Rod and Gun in New England and the Maritime Provinces, published in 1897. It features a profile shot of bark canoe with the guide on the far left holding up a paddle.

Samuels, Edward A. (Edward Augustus), 1897
page 295

Here's a closeup. It seems that the paddle has what looks like a knot or other blemish on the mid portion of the blade.

by Murat ( at September 15, 2016 05:40 pm
Greenland or Bust - Helen Wilson

PFDs, Clothing and Tuiliks

Question: My roll has greatly improved thanks to you and your tips. I can roll with a norsaq now! I am thinking of buying a tuilik and wonder if you use a PFD on top or underneath. What do you wear under it in winter and freezing temps?

Answer: Congrats on your norsaq roll! I wear a PFD over my Reed tuilik and under my Brooks tuilik (the Brooks tuilik is too bulky to wear it on top). I typically wear my drysuit under my tuilik. Under the drysuit, I dress according to air/water temperature, wearing either just an inner core layer, just an outer core layer or both. And for the feet, SmartWool socks. – Helen

by helen at September 15, 2016 03:57 pm

Stalled Roll

Question: I have a solid Balance Brace, but when I set up and go over for my standard roll, my momentum seems to stall out while I am in the upside down position, making it super difficult (impossible) for me to come around to set up and finish my roll. What’s going on here? Do I need to be more aggressive going over? It’s like my boat likes to hang out in the upside down position, but I sure don’t! Help.

Answer: It sounds like your kayak might not be fully capsizing. This is a fairly common problem. There are a few things that you can do to make it easier. First, when capsizing, try to enter the water forehead first (as if you were doing a dive and not a belly flop). A diving position (with a rounded spine) will help you to get deeper into the water. Once you reach a certain point, the kayak will automatically capsize completely. If you do get stuck, try jiggling your hips to bring the kayak over. Another thing you can try is holding the paddle next to the kayak and on edge (instead of flat on the surface) to create less buoyancy during the initial capsize. Make sure to hold it close to the kayak instead of allowing it to drift away from it. Flatten the paddle again for the recovery. Finally, make sure that in your underwater set-up position, you’re fully tucked and as close to the surface as possible. – Helen

Question: Could you explain a bit more about the underwater set up and keeping fully tucked and as close to the surface as possible?

Answer: In the underwater set-up position, It’s important to tuck so that you’re as close to the surface as possible. See how close you can get your face to the surface, while keeping your shoulders square to the surface (the kayak should be upside down during this tuck). What this does is it gives you “opening power.” The more tucked you are, the more energy you’ll be able to exert as you open your body (which is when you put your eyebrows underwater, engage the knee and slide onto the back deck). Without this tuck the body hangs below the kayak, and therefore, there’s no unwinding action, and no energy to tap into. – Helen

by helen at September 15, 2016 03:31 pm

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård

Begagnad kajak

Begagnad kajak

Har du tänkt skaffa en? Så att du kan göra de där fantastiska turerna du drömt om. Nu säljer vi ut några av våra kajaker som gått på uthyrning. De är fullt fungerande, nötta i varierande grad men behöver inte repareras någonstans. Du finner dem här.

Begagnad kajak

Just nu har vi ett par Boreal Design Epsilon P200 och P300 samt en Necky Elaho till salu. P300 passar stora, Elahon passar små och P200 mellan.

Möt solen nästa säsong i en kajak istället. Skönare så.

Inlägget Begagnad kajak dök först upp på Horisont Kajak.

by Carin at September 15, 2016 01:03 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

September 15 - Flower Island (#90)

I went for a tour of the bay on the Starboard SUP. Very nice sunny conditions and clear water. There are 6 beached boats on the shore at this point. The one at the end of Killarney which came ashore right after they removed the other two on the Saanich side is still there as are 5 on the Oak Bay side...
click to enlarge
4 km, YTD 768 km

by Mike J ( at September 15, 2016 12:38 pm

Blog collectif

Bivouacs en Loire

Belles eaux sauvages
Tracent leur large sillon
Gite bivouacs

Cours nautonnier
Aux multiples paysages
Trimard canotage

Parcours de Loire;
2013 Le Puy Roanne
2014 Roanne Bec d'Allier
2015 Vichy Candes Saint Martin
2016 Saumur Le Pellerin ( écluse de la Martinière)

Réalisé par Philippe et Jean Marc

by Jean Marc ( at September 15, 2016 10:30 am