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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 ripple. In fact it was virtually impossible to discern the sky from the water and vertigo was a real issue. I needed to continually check off reference points to maintain my orientation, so I would look for Shoreline and within my boat at my map and other articles in order to maintain that orientation. It was a very meditative, even trancelike, paddle and I honestly could have fallen asleep at one point along the way. But the reality of that 40° water kept me as sharp as I needed to be to crank out the miles and arrive at Northeast Carry.

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John Connelly
Kayaking in Maine

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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