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.