A Short Paddle in Casco Bay

This morning I got to kayak in Casco Bay with two of my favorite persons, Skye and Tonya. We got to the Eastern Promenade just after 08:00, signed the waiver paperwork, donned PFDs, and helped get the boats and gear to the beach. We paddled directly to Fort Gorges, where we explored for a bit before heading back out on the water and around the east side of Little Diamond Island, over the sand bar connecting it to Great Diamond Island, and finally back to the East End Beach where we started. We paddled 7.5 miles in slightly under four hours in ideal weather and favorable seas.

In order to take the kayaks today without a guide, yesterday Tonya and I went to Portland Paddle, squeezed ourselves into wet suits, paddled kayaks out a few dozen feet from shore, and then intentionally capsized our boats just to practice re-entry techniques. Much to my surprise, it was a lot of fun.

Gorgeous at Gorges
Gorgeous at Gorges
Me and Tonya at Fort Gorges
Me and Tonya at Fort Gorges
Tonya, Brent, and Skye at Fort Gorges
Tonya, Brent, and Skye at Fort Gorges
Fort Gorges stalactites
Fort Gorges stalactites
Fort Gorges stalagmites
Fort Gorges stalagmites
Arches at Fort Gorges
Arches at Fort Gorges
Skye basks in the comforting rays of sunshine during our paddle today.
Skye basks in the comforting rays of sunshine during our paddle today.
Paddling in Casco Bay this morning was A LOT of fun.
Paddling in Casco Bay this morning was A LOT of fun.
We paddled an anticlockwise route from East End Beach in Portland, stopping first at Fort Gorges.
We paddled an anticlockwise route from East End Beach in Portland, stopping first at Fort Gorges.

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  1. Tonya Holt says: Reply

    Thank you for capturing our day! You and Skye are two of my favorite people as well and it was a perfect day for an adventure with you both. It was my first visit to Fort Gorges and I was intrigued by the history, architecture and beauty. The words repair and preservation come to mind as I reflect on our visit. I have been wanting to go there for a long time and was concerned it would be condemned to the public before I got there. One of the best moments of the day was watching Skye explore the beach at low tide and playfully interacting with the many hermit crabs she found. Getting to kayak was a cherry on top of the day; there is something rejuvenating for me about being on the ocean. I wish we had pictures/video from the day we practiced capsizing and reentry, although they may be rather comical to see! That experience was exhilarating and sparked a bit of adventurelust in me, it was exciting to push out of a comfort zone and reassuring to be able to rescue myself. I’m grateful we got to experience these times together.

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