Category Archives: Penobscot Bay

Tank as Tipping Point: A View from the Bay

The sparkling, ever-changing waters of Penobscot Bay are a big part of what drew me to the Midcoast. Lots of people can say the same. My early experiences of the bay were from shore:  Holbrook Island, Fort Point, Sears Island, … Continue reading

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Paddling, Premonitions, & Possibilities

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”  –Anatole France The once billowy snow has hardened into something that more resembles rock.  The noonday perch of the sun is beginning to show some ambition.  Daylight … Continue reading

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Reaching for Robinson Rock: A Kayak Trip out of Camden, Maine

If you ashore on a fair day in September, with late summer sunlight spilling over the water, the rock , and the beaches, with a salt breeze coming up the bay and the cry of gulls and the boom of surf in the air, you will fully appreciate Robinson Rock is much more than a rock. Continue reading

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Guillemots: Clowns of the Sea

Black guillemots would be strong contenders in any competition for “clowns of the sea,” and perhaps even serve as proof that God has a sense of humor. They are a medium-sized black duck with white wing patches — and bright … Continue reading

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Seals but not on Seal Island. Flat Island Still Flat:

An early season paddling trip to Flat and Seal Islands, off Saturday Cove, Maine. During the next few weeks, I’ll aim to focus my posts here on some of the critters (winged, on foot, or afloat) that you might expect … Continue reading

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Lessons from Cold Water Boot Camp

While paddling from the Commercial Street Boat Launch to the mouth of Little River the other day, I crossed paths with two other Belfast kayakers who were also out enjoying the brilliant December sunshine. Winter paddling is not for everyone, … Continue reading

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Taking it Easy on Muscle Ridge: A Kayak Trip out of South Thomaston

When sea kayakers talk about paddling the coast of Maine, they talk about Deer Isle, they talk about Acadia, they talk about Muscongus Bay. Not so often do they talk about the Muscle Ridge Archipelago which, to my mind, offers … Continue reading

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Circumnavigating the Cape: A Kayak Trip Around Cape Jellison

One of the great things about Midcoast Maine is that you can find adventure without going far from home. A friend and I planned to paddle around Sears Island, but the causeway was closed off due to a chemical spill. … Continue reading

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We Make the Times!

North America > United States > Maine Paddling Down East From Inn to Inn By CLAIRE MARTIN Published: New York Times, August 24, 2007 THE tides and wind were against us and the sun was in our eyes as we … Continue reading

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Hurricane Island Photo Highlights

1. Sunrise over Camden Harbor: 5:22 AM.2. Young guillemot on Robinson Rock, south of Mark Island. This guilly was surprised as I was to find the two of us in such close proximity. He seemed to take comfort in thinking … Continue reading

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