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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paddle Day 9: Leaving Maine!

Leaving York Harbor
After all of my anticipation of a tough paddle into Portsmouth...

it was practically a cake walk.  Leaving York Harbor took a little extra time, as I was asked to speak to the sailing class at the Agamenticus Yacht Club.  I love the questions children ask, like "How do you pee?"

I only stayed one night with my great hosts in Cape Neddick, because I wanted to get into Portsmouth before the cold front moves through.  And of course I was still recalling the huge surf and wrecked boats of the last time I paddled this section of coast.   Here's the reality of paddling today up the mighty Piscataqua River...
Terrifying conditions on the Piscataqua!
Granted, it was a little more effort crossing the river with the current against me, but with the right ferry angle I used the current to zip across, and move from Maine to New Hampshire.  One state down, 13 to go, and then a couple more countries and I'll be done.

There was a group of Rotarians with flags and bouncing children to welcome me to New Castle Island.
Welcome committee on New Castle Island

Paddle Day: 9                                                    Date: July 22, 2014
Start: York, ME                                                 End: Portsmouth, NH
Distance: 8.42 miles                                           Total distance: 89.44
Max speed: 6.2 mph                                           Moving ave.: 2.9 mph
Kayak storage: Portsmouth Rotary Club            Hosts: Seacoast and Portsmouth Rotary Clubs


  1. Greetings from Costa Rica Deb…! Keep up that enthusiasm…you are inspiring millions of people around the globe.
    Best regards, Esteban Ericksen.

  2. Deb, I'm so enjoying reading your entries. Thinking of you every day now that you've embarked on The Journey! I love the photos...visuals make your kayaking days come alive for us followers...and I look forward to your daily trials & tribulations, weather conditions, etc. Thank you for taking the time to update this blog...Kathy :o)