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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Adventures of Patito Amistoso: Chapter Four

Dear Safe Passage children and children everywhere,

Seneca actors outside of their long house made of bark, with Henry being a boy adopted by the Seneca and his Dad as an English colonist
Just had a nice break from kayaking.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Paddle Day 40: 500 miles, 7th State and 1st Federal Felony Offense?

Deb arriving in NJ, with the NYC skyline in the background
Good weather so paddled two days worth in one day to stay ahead of the storm.

Paddle Day 39: Wild Wonderful New York Harbor

Deb and 4 young guys in NY harbor
It was a wild day kayaking in NY Harbor as I left Manhattan and paddled to Staten Island.

Brooklyn and Manhattan: OMMFG and Meeting Her Holiness

Janet Deb and Kate at the Floating Lanterns for Peace ceremony
Four days in Manhattan: speaking at REI and EMS with DeLorme, and then at the Sebago Canoe Club.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Paddle Day 38: Manhattan, Speedy with a relay of kayakers, Passed 450 miles

Rick, Ken and Heinz near City Island
Wonderful long day of kayaking through NYC and into Manhattan.  Over 450 miles down and the end of the third leg of the expedition!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paddle Day 37: New State - New York; Cold, Rain and Boat Grinding Shallows

Dancing Masts in Morning Sun
Prelude to the paddle into Manhattan on Thursday.  That will be 30 miles in about 9 hours.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Paddle Day 36: NYC on the Horizon, Company on the Water and Injury Complication

Jeff Blumenfild gives Deb a farewell salute
The big thrill today was seeing NYC on the horizon all day!  It's only two more paddling days until I am in Manhattan!  I'm making progress and I'm so excited.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paddle Day 35: Over 400 Miles, Bone Dry Hatches, and FoxCT fun!

Deb working hard as a kayaker
Over 400 miles down - only 2,100 miles to go!
Passed the 400 mile mark on my solo kayak expedition from Maine to Guatemala!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Paddle Day 33: Winds, Waves and First Surfing Adventure

Early morning interview with WTNH
A restless night.  Waking up every hour or so to check the weather.  Debating whether to risk kayaking in the winds and seas kicked up by the constant winds and high gusts.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paddle Day 32: Longest and Easiest Paddle Day, and Another First!

Why is Deb smiling?
Longest distance paddled this trip, and most time on the water.  Why is Deb still smiling?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Paddle Day 31: Against the currents, Hot and Thirsty

Saybrook Point Light house
It was a pleasant start from Saybrook Point, but I was having to paddle hard against the current.

Paddle Day 30: Heat and a "Murmuration" of Swallows

FourisFine1's photo of  Starling Murmuration
It was the hottest day yet, paddling in the protected and warm waters of Long Island Sound.

Paddle Day 29: Head Winds, Splashes and Saved by Sue!

About to be PUSHED OFF
Launched from Noank with a big push.  So much for self propelled.   How can I get those pushes all day long?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Adventures of Patito Amistoso: Chapter Three

Dear children at Safe Passage and around the world,

Swimming at last!
I am so happy!  I finally swam alongside Deb.  Can you find me in the photo?  It is hard because I am yellow and the kayak is yellow.  I even have a yellow safety line!  I like that safety line.  If the waves get too big I ask Deb to pull me in!  I keep the safety line on when I am on the kayak as well, so if I get swept overboard, Deb can haul me back aboard.

Monday, September 1, 2014