Sunset viewed from Ram Island south of Machias.

Sun sets on great summer paddling adventure

By Levi Bridges on Sept. 23, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
To make loading a kayak on the roof of your vehicle, put a non-slip pad on the vehicle, then lift the bow of your boat up to sit on the pad. Next go to the stern, lift and push the boat onto the racks.

Don’t let the rest of the season go by without a good paddle

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 16, 2011, at 2:31 p.m.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail offers fall paddle sampler

on Sept. 09, 2011, at 6:59 p.m.

Are we there yet?

on Aug. 21, 2011, at 6:39 a.m.
We’re on the second of three days together. Days – not nights – I leave the group (organized by Apogee Adventures) on an island to camp, returning in the morning to take them paddling.
Levi Bridges’ touring kayak safely stored above the high-tide line. Slippery rocks exposed at low tide provide a formidable obstacle for kayakers seeking to bring all of their belongings safely up onshore.

Leaving Little Black Island on journey along Maine coast

By Levi Bridges on Aug. 12, 2011, at 10:45 p.m.

Voyage of the Yellow Banana

By Jeff Strout on Aug. 05, 2011, at 4:24 p.m.
These are the materials you’ll need to fill a gap in a polythelyne kayak hull. The bottle cap was used as a measure and the plastic cup as a mixing bowl.

When you ding your plastic kayak, epoxy can patch it

By Jeff Strout on July 29, 2011, at 7:38 p.m.
Rock Island looking toward Stonington

Island Trail paddle fulfilling life’s dream

By Levi Bridges, Special to the BDN on July 22, 2011, at 4:24 p.m.
When heading out for a paddle on the ocean in a kayak there are some basic safety items you should have on you or within easy reach. Starting toward the bow (bottom of photo) and working back: a compass, bilge pump, rescue stirrup (coiled and clipped to deck bungee), a water bottle, paddle float, cell phone (in waterproof case tethered to deck bungees) spray skirt, waterproof VHF radio (sitting on spray skirt, but carried in lifejacket), lifejacket (Personal Flotation Device) and a spray jacket. The kayak should have bulkheads between the cockpit and fore and aft compartments (accessible via waterproof hatches). A sponge (clipped to aft deck bungees) comes in handy to mop up residual water in the cockpit.

Before you launch that kayak

By Jeff Strout on July 15, 2011, at 9:47 p.m.

Sea kayaker’s checklist

By Jeff Strout on July 15, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.
Jaye Olender, a Registered Maine Guide, explains the working parts of a kayak to a client recently. Olender specializes in leading women's trips for L.L. Bean's Outdoor Discovery School.

Guide specializes in women’s trips

By Brad Viles on July 08, 2011, at 10:46 p.m.

Maine ocean kayak trail given top ranking

The Associated Press on June 24, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
The western side of Harwood Island at Pushaw Lake was a picture of tranquility Wednesday evening while on the northern and eastern sides of the island the 10-knot breezes pushed up a little chop.

Deciding whether to paddle? What’s the weather?

By Jeff Strout on June 17, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.
An impromptu shore lunch while kayaking.

Kayaking rituals and experiments

By Jeff Strout on June 10, 2011, at 6:56 p.m.
After placing blanket over rear edge of vehicle, lift bow onto back of vehicle behind roof racks.

Loading a kayak onto your vehicle

By Jeff Strout on June 03, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.
A storm front moves in over Pushaw Lake Thursday evening as Karen Francoeur of Orono approaches the beach on Moose Island.

Escaping a hectic home life to an evening concert on the lake

By Jeff Strout on May 27, 2011, at 2:48 p.m.

Here’s another moderate paddle at Pushaw Lake originating at Gould Landing

By Jeff Strout on May 16, 2011, at 4:52 p.m.

Paddles in Maine: Branch Lake — 7 miles

By Jeff Strout on May 16, 2011, at 1:44 p.m.

A sample paddle on Pushaw Lake

By Jeff Strout on May 06, 2011, at 11:07 p.m.
Your summer plans may include a trip to the coast and a guided paddling outing. These folks are enjoying a day trip with Castine Kayak Adventures near Holbrook Island.

It’s time to start planning your paddling vacation

By Jeff Strout on April 22, 2011, at 10:29 p.m.