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Old 08-23-2008, 04:37 AM   #11
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Nice! Makes me miss home.
When did you move out to the left coast? I never told you but I spent many a day in your hometown. We owned oneof the original Rosebrook Townhouses at Bretton Woods. We used to go to Christmas Eave mass st that little church just up the street from the 302 intersection. Sorta cool going to church on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, even for an atheist.
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Some more. OK I've finishe the bottle of wine and have moved on to Edworts Appflewine. All bets are off from here on.


Long as I remember, the rain been pouring down."


We got to Churchill Dam and we decided that we'd had enough. It had rained 8 inches since we left and we were waterlogged. I should have brought a bigger tarp, one that could cover the table/fire place area dn still get our tent under, but the one I had was only 10 x 10 and just wasn't big enough for the job. So we got the rangers to call the shuttle service, who drove into the woods to get us and took us out to Allagash Village where we loaded everyting back on my truck




and took off for the teeming Metropolis known as Fort Kent, Maine. I know that last bit sounded a mite sarcastic but as the shuttle driver told us, "Ehya, we've got two traffic lights in town now, it's getting pretty busy." Fort Kent is the northern termionus of US Route One, that starts in Key West Florida. Having spent time in both, I have to honestly say I like them both equally but for very different reasons.

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A hot shower, a cold beer, a soft bed and 'Sacre Suere,' a Laundromat so we could get some dry clothes, and it was off to Eastport, Me. Who knew that Maine had the Northernmost point in the continental US and the Easternmost also? I didn't. You would think that it wouldn't take very long, right. I mean Maine is big as far as New England goes but c'mon. Ya, right! Six hours to drive down Rt One to Eastport. Of course we stopped many times along the way, Arrostook County is one of the biggest potato areas around and every tiem I got on a good stretch of road there was another tractor hauling potatoes. Beautiful country though. And where else can you buy 15- 20 acres of land for $20,000. Of course there is no electricity, sewage or water and there won't be in your lifetime but WTH.

Eventually we find a lovely little cabin right on the water in Eastport.


Kinda hokey, right? Ya, maybe but this is the view out the front door.



And Eastport is in the Bay of Fundy, notable for 20 foot tidal shifts.



That is the same tidal pool, the first pic is high tide, the second is mid ebb tide.

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The next morning the kayak got it's first taste of salt water.



I even got to take it for a spin.





Notice how the dazzling glow from the varnished brightwork reflects up from the deck to the top of my head. If you didn't know that it was an optical illusion you would think I had a big bald spot.


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Old 08-23-2008, 04:43 AM   #15
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We stayed there for a few days and eventually headed down to Bar harbor. We were planning on paddling there but prudence dictated otherwise.

"Don't you think the put in is too rough?"

I don't know, what do you think?"



"Uh, ya. Lets not even mention the fog. Wanna go get a beer?" (Do you think she knows my weak spot?)

"Uhh Huhh."

We had a great time on the road, however. Stopped on the side of the road, picking blueberries, which are now merrily fermenting with some wildflower honey.




And residents of New England, rejoice! There are wineries in Maine. I think this is Bartlett Wines. (I'm not sure, we stopped at at least a half dozen on the way home from Bar Harbor.





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Old 08-23-2008, 04:43 AM   #16
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Looks like an awesome trip Paul! I love kayaking (although mine is the SOT variety) and I love camping, but I've never combined the two.

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Tough to do on a SOT, where do you put your dry stuff? Do you take it into surf? I was out in surf today in a friends fiberglass boat. Ebb tide thu Hull Gut. It don't get much uglier. Three combat exits within 50 yards of the landing zone. Ugly, Ugly, Ugly!!! The Stooges in Boats!

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Old 08-23-2008, 06:52 AM   #18
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Simply ....Awesome.

I could feel like I was there in the peace and quiet and didn't even get wet or sore muscles. Please share more of these trips.

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Tough to do on a SOT, where do you put your dry stuff? Do you take it into surf?
Actually there is tons of storage space. There are multiple hatches, so you can stuff the hull pretty full. The hatches have built-in dry bags for stuff that can't tolerate ANY moisture. There are also many places to strap down bulkier items on the deck. Mine is an older model, but similar to this one.

It's pedal-propelled, and REALLY moves. I can also hoist up the sail for even more speed, although it's not the most stable sailboat.

Mine is rigged for fishing (anchor, depthfinder/GPS, Scotty rod holders, etc.) but most of it could be removed for camping trips. I gotta plan something!

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Old 08-23-2008, 09:46 PM   #20
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wow, those are some beautiful pics. I would kill to take a trip like that. Very Nice

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