Along the Downeast Coast, about an hour east of Ellsworth, there is a cluster of islands with some of the best rock-garden play areas I've seen in Maine. Because of the drive, we only get there a few times each year, and every visit feels too short. After the July 15th Journey to Petit Manan Lighthouse to visit the puffins, you're invited to island-camp in the midst of this outstanding training spot, and spend the next day enjoying a course in these awesome rock-garden venues at a more relaxed pace. Click on the course title for complete description.
During this 3-day sea kayak journey, we'll work together to build the skills required for multi-day kayak touring in a coastal environment. Departing from Stonington or Brooklin, on the west side of Jericho Bay, we'll have access to the dozens of islands that stretch out to the south and east, along expansive Jericho Bay. During 3 days on the water, we'll have opportunities to practice cockpit navigation, improve our boat handling in moderate wind, and waves, and plan our travels to take advantage of tides and weather. With 2-nights of island camping, we'll consider Leave No Trace principles, island access, wilderness cuisine, and trip planning. (For more complete coverage of trip-planning and preparation, consider joining us for a Practical Navigation course as well). Click on course title for complete details.