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New River Beach, New Brunswick to Portland Maine

By on June 21, 2016

Dan Carr and I departed New River Beach Provincial Park in pea soup fog with only 25 yards of visibility. GPS navigation took us past numerous aquaculture salmon pens and vertical cliffs with ocean swells exploding at their base. Ethereal and unsettling as it was, it was both intimidatingly…


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Fredericton to New River Beach

By on June 7, 2016

So happy to have my Maine friend, Dan Carr, join me for the next few days. Dan is an accomplished sea kayak expedition paddler….

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Grand Falls to Fredericton, New Brunswick

By on June 1, 2016

Grand Falls on the St. John River in New Brunswick is one of the most spectacular waterfalls you will ever see despite the top several…

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Fort Kent to (almost getting arrested in) Grand Falls New Brunswick

By on May 27, 2016

It was a bit strange leaving Fort Kent because I was no longer on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail with a clear map and…

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail Finish

By on May 26, 2016

The last 18 miles to Fort Kent from Pelletier’s Campground on the St. John River were beyond pleasant. It was a beautiful sunshiny day…

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Churchhill Dam to Pelletier’s

By on May 26, 2016

I awoke to remarkably few biting insects. I was hoping this was an omen for an epic day on the Allagash River. I had my…

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On the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

By on May 26, 2016

With the dreaded Mud Pond Carry behind me, I crossed Mud Pond with a setting sun. Thankfully the stream exiting the pond and pouring…

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Big Island to Chamberlain

By on May 25, 2016

Big Island campsite is perfect surrounded by water and a nice sunrise over the spruce trees. Made my way to Chesuncook Village looking for…

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Moosehead Lake and Northeast Carry

By on May 22, 2016

I enjoyed a wonderful lazy afternoon and evening at the Birches Resort in Rockwood, Maine on Moosehead Lake. I enjoyed the sauna, the hot…

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Paddling Moosehead Lake

By on May 21, 2016

My paddle across Moosehead Lake, which was about half of the lake was an incredible experience today. It was like glass – not a…

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In April of 2016, I’ll launch on a 75-day river/ocean odyssey that will carry me over 2 countries, 4 states, 22 streams, 58 lakes, and 1500 miles. As leader of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools for 10 years and a former member of the US Canoe & Kayak team with numerous whitewater first-descents to my credit, I believe I am uniquely qualified to meet this challenge.

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