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, December 30, 2015

Peddle Day 37: Why do I keep going?

Paddler forced to become peddler
Biking again today instead of kayaking.  Makes the route a lot longer, but much faster.  Time left over to visit the aquarium to see the underwater life in the lagoon.  Time to ponder why I keep going despite so many obstacles that would be reason enough to stop.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Peddle Day 36: Biking the Beaches Under the Banyan Tree

Sunset at Jetty Park
Tried to rest my injured wrist and dry my damaged kayak by biking the route today.   Needed a gel seat because of the problem with my gel coat.  Hoped to bike two days worth of kayaking so I could make the future kayaking legs a little shorter in future.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Paddle Day 35: Paddle, Peddle, Paddle

Leaving Vero Beach Marina in a light rain.
Wrist problems led to a change of plans.  Paddled for six miles, then peddled for 12 miles and finally paddled briefly in the surf.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Paddle Day 34: The best of times...the worst of times

A yellow wooden boat bigger than mine
Started as a wonderful paddling day as I hopped from tropical island to tropical island along the coast.  Gentle rain and rainbows.  Then the wind picked up and I battled waves trying to find a safe place to land.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Paddle Day 32: Heading North and the Tale of the Fish and the Osprey

Approaching Cocoa
Not too exciting day along developed shores.  Interesting wildlife sightings none the less.  Large breaking waves from behind sound like freight trains.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Paddle Day 33: Christmas at 82 Degrees is Too Hot!

Under a bridge on Christmas Eve
Christmas in the subtropics is strange for folks from Maine.  Children say it best.  And a student from Guatemala expresses what Safe Passage has meant for him.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Paddle Day 31: Finally Successful Rocket Launch and Kayak Launch

Following seas and paddling backwards does the trick
This fully supported expedition provides many new options.  After three days of not being able to complete my distance for the day, I finally managed to complete a full day's paddle - by paddling backwards.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Paddle Day 30: Foiled again!

Kayak on vanishing beach at the base of a cliff
High winds sent me ashore about just a few miles of wild paddling and too many instances of accidental surfing.  Wish I could have found a better landing place than the base of a small cliff.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Paddle Day 29: 34 knot winds and Flamingo Bombed

Grey day crossing
Got up before dawn to try to beat the winds on a grey, rainy day.  Rapidly moving strong front got the better of me and I obeyed the NOAA advisory for small craft to enter harbor.  Not before having pulled some muscles paddling against the strong wind.  The highlight of the day was being flamingo bombed.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Paddle Day 28: Wildlife of Mosquito Lagoon and Paddling Failure

Manatee on the run!
First day of the fully supported expedition!  Only the forth time in nine months of paddling that I wasn't able to paddle to my intended destination.  Enjoyed the wildlife in Mosquito Lagoon.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Paddle Day 27: Now it's a fully supported expedition!

Flowery silk scarf so folks stop thinking I'm a guy, and for sun protection
Last day of the USA part of the expedition where I have to paddle with my gear!  Get to see my husband!  Went the wrong way for the first time!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Paddle Day 26: Birds galore!

Flock of Black Skimmers takes flight
Another nice paddle with lots of entertainment: first manatee sighting, tug goes aground, new on-water exercise routine, deafening speed boat races without mufflers, collected trash from the waterway, developed new technique to pee.  Then rest days filled with fun: carol service, walking the beach and working at a thrift shop.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Paddle Day 25: Fork lift the kayak out of the water??!!

Nice December paddling near Daytona Beach
Joined by Tom on his surf ski for the first hour.  Relaxed paddle to Daytona Beach.  Near panic when the dockmaster decided to use a forklift to lift my loaded kayak out of the water!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Paddle Day 24: Relaxed paddle and sail fail.

Color photo of the drama in the sky
Nice day of paddling.  Sail fail.  Another fun loving Rotary Club.  Sharing the Safe Passage stories and philosophy.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Paddle Day 23: Tinkling Shells and Palm Coast

Kayaking along a tinkling shell beach

Challenges of first day I've carried my full load of gear since I entered Georgia.  Seeing neighbors from home, and a warm Palm Coast welcome from a Rotary Club that knows how to have fun.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Paddle Day 22: Windy Pelican Flights and St. Augustine

Pelicans leaving their sand bar.
Wind and waves made this the roughest day I've paddled so far - with the Inuit paddle, that is.  St. Augustine tales were entertaining.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Paddle Day 21: High Winds in St Augustine

Training in the surf at St. Augustine Inlet
Really fast day of paddling with following currents and following winds.  Then watching the ACA L4 training in the inlet, since the conditions were too wild on the Atlantic beaches.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Villages, Florida: Rotary Speaking Tour and Christmas Trees Galore

Receiving a gift of a wine glass from The Villages Evening Rotary Club
Took off five days from paddling to travel to The Villages to speak at Rotary Clubs and visit with good friends Roberta and Gary Walker.  Then back to Pat Ellis in Jacksonville.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Paddle Day 20: Still going through Jacksonville

House moved from JAX by boat to this ICW location
Another perfect weather day paddling the Intracoastal Waterway.  Great company with Sharon again!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Paddle day 19: Back on the water moving through Jacksonville, Florida

Pat snaps and Deb grunts.
Went flying down the ICW today with Sharon and Joey.  Following current and a tail wind!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Family Gatherings: My family and others

Thanksgiving with Pat Ellis's family
Lots of family gatherings.  Spent time in Rochester, NY with my daughter-in-law's family celebrating the life of her father.  Then Thanksgiving in Jacksonville with Pat Ellis's family.  It is so special to be invited to join in large family events.