Early morning departure from Gloucester, trying to get to Marblehead in time to speak at the Boston Yacht Club with the Marblehead Rotarians. In approaching House Island, I thought it would be fun to weave between the islands, and then head over to Marblehead. There were swells rolling right towards the islands. Now you could see House Island...
I am a grandmother paddling alone over 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. Along the way I will be:
- telling the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
- honoring their entrepreneurial mothers
- talking about the success of the Safe Passage model school and
- raising funds for additional grades for the school.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
|Gloucester boys practicing for the greased pole event|
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
|Glad to be sitting this storm out in comfort|
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
|If it's Maine it has to have a light house!|
|War of 1812 fort on House Island|
As we went past Portland Head Bob said he had never seen the seas so confused there. Bumpy ride.
By the time we rounded Cape Elizabeth, we were fogged in, and navigated by compass and listening to the surf crash on the cliffs of the southern edge of the cape.
Landed in Kettle Cove and tried to unpack the kayak and have some lunch, but kept getting interrupted by people coming over and asking if I was the woman they say on the news. It's great that folks are hearing about this expedition and are interested enough to come over and talk with me and have their pictures taken with me. I am going to run out of the cards I am handing out before I get to Boston, but that's a good problem.
If it remains foggy tomorrow I may reconsider paddling to Scarborough. I want to be safe, and I haven't had a lot of hours in the new kayak, so am still not fully at ease with how it handles in waves. Waves when visibility is reduced by fog are more problematic when you are in an unfamiliar area. Stay tuned!
|Scott, Bill, Deb, Bob and Evie - Paddlers on Day 1, then Bob on Days 3 and 4|
Paddle Day: 3 Date: July 14, 2014
Start: South Portland End: Kettle Cove
Distance: 11.1 miles Total distance: 24.23
Max speed: 5.4 mph Moving ave.: 3.4 mph
Kayak storage: Evie and Bob Hosts: Evie and Bob
Sunday, July 13, 2014
|Deb sailing in a light breeze. No sail going up today!|
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
|Chris demonstrating the use of the kayak as a wheelbarrow.|
Note the final version of the cart we created: rugged, sturdy, but not light weight! I have great confidence in the wheels, as they have been on several Arctic expeditions with me and successfully hauled a heavy kayak over rocks and tundra!
|New friend I meet in Boothbay, Maine.|
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
|Expedition kayak on the Yakima rack on my car.|
Monday, July 7, 2014
Whenever I start on an adventure I experience fear. My monkey mind runs wild.
What if I get hit by a hurricane? Yes, yes, I know I have already survived two hurricanes when paddling, but what if this one is bigger and not forecast?
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
|Al Jazeera news crew (from NYC) films Deb in Mystic Harbor. How idyllic is this?|
Here a couple of links to stories already published.
Portland Press Herald Video
WSCH6 NBC News, Portland, Maine
There were 118 media outlets across the US that picked up the WSCH story on July 2nd - so far!
You can see many more on the Kayak For Safe Passage Kids website.