|Kayak resting at Trott Island|
I knew I shouldn't cut in behind an island at a point, as there are not charts for this area that show enough detail to know for sure I could get through at the bottom. But I couldn't talk myself out of it. Sure enough, not a good passage. I had to time the breaking surf to get through. I'm not going to do that again!
Later, I was taking a path outside if an island, trying to avoid more surf, when my path was blocked by a lobster boat that had zipped up and stopped to haul a trap. I had to make a mad dash to his starboard, so he could see me before he started up again, so that he wouldn't accidentally run me over.
As a kayaker it's my duty to stay out of the way of the working lobstermen. They are out working, and I am in their waters. I called over to him and he looked up and smiled. "Aren't you that famous woman paddling to Guatemala I saw on TV?"
Then came a tiring slog across a bay, with swell energy pushing me in towards the breakers and current going against me. Why didn't I plan to paddle from Guatemala to Maine and have the current with me?
|Drying gear on Trott Island|
|Beach peas for dinner!|
|Visited on Trott Island by Bob Haskell, one of the Kennebunk Land Trust Stewards|
Paddle Day: 6 Date: July 18, 2014
Start: Saco End: Trott Island
Distance: 15.4 miles Total distance: 56
Max speed: 5.4 mph Moving ave.: 3.5 mph
Kayak storage: Kennebunk Land Trust Hosts: Kennebunk Land Trust