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thanks EILEENV3... I am on meet ups, but not knowing where they are-- thought they were all too far away - when it cools some thought of asking if they could come to the marina here .. and that I am new at it ...



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Going out on Lake Erie in the morning. Expect to be out for 5 hours.

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8/15/15 12:40 P

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Look into Meetup.com for kayak groups in your area. It costs nothing to join. Meetup.com charges the groups a fee so some of the groups charge dues or an event fee. It's a great way to connect with others and the site has a wide range of activities. The default radius is 25 miles from your town. Where I live in Central FL, I use a 50 mile range.

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I have a blow up kayak - health up & down so have never used it yet - when it cools would love to do it , but Leary going out by my self for the first time - have everything I could need .. just want to find another paddler to go with me and give me advise .. live in SC .. nice blackwater river to paddle on ... walk the park all the time .. too hot for me right now with lung disease .. hope sept will be better



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Where is Loon Pond near? I lived in Deering NH for about 15 years. My son graduated from Hillsboro High School. I left the area in 1994 so not remembering everything in the area. Thanks!

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I just kayaked through Loon Pond in Hillsboro, NH.
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Thanks!

Got out on the Chadakoin this evening and made plans for Friday and Sunday.

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A lot of places have rentals. If you do come, send me a message through SparkPeople re where you're staying at. I maybe able to help you with suggestions. If you come at the right time of the year, you can see the Manatees.

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I hope to get to Florida next Spring... might get to paddle.

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I've been going through a very busy time for me. It won't settle down until after Labor Day. Got out kayaking yesterday for the first time in what feels like forever. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!
The waterways are some of Florida's most beautiful spots. If anyone comes to the state, look into the site giving the Paddle Trails. Link below. I was on the Hillsborough River Paddling Trail. I bought my own kayak (still loving my Necky 14'sit-on) but there was a rental available. The rental company runs a shuttle so it's only a one-way down stream paddle.

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LESLIELENORE - as someone who thinks "cold" and "snow" are 4-letter words, I'm in awe. I love to kayak but not sure how dedicated I'd be around icebergs.

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I got out on Lake Erie among the icebergs. I think my wetsuit shrank over the Winter, or I gained more than I thought I did.


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Yesterday, I got to kayak at a lake that is normally closed to the public. It's on the Tenoroc Fish Management Area in Lakeland Florida. The area is on old phosphate mine. The mine created lakes and the tailings created hills. I'm a member of the Florida Trail Association. Our chapter, Heartland, has built and maintain miles of trails at Tenoroc. I have personally put in many volunteer hours there.

The land manager would like to develop a kayak trail using several lakes. The lake we kayaked on will be part of that trail. Our Heartland Chapter of FTA got permission to kayak there. It was an incredibly beautiful place. There were a lot of yellow flowers in bloom along the edge. The group was moving so I didn't get a chance to get a good picture of the flowers. The one I'm sharing was taken in passing.

I'm so looking forward to the next time we kayak there.

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Awesome! WE are waiting for ice out on the lake. We should be able to get out and chase icebergs fairly soon... though it is snowing today, so not too soon.

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Kayaked yesterday on the Hillsboro River in the Tampa, FL area. It was a one way paddle through an area without houses. I was surrounded by green beauty with lots of birds, turtles, and too many alligators. Didn't see the snake others saw which was fine with me. I was feeling so incredibly lucky while paddling. I do other things that get me outdoors but Florida on the water is probably my favorite for beauty.

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Kayaking tomorrow in the Crystal Springs FL area. I expect to see a lot of Manatees. However, probably won't be able to enter the Three Sisters Springs area. This year, they have had exceptional numbers of Manatees in that section and have closed the area quite often. In the last few weeks, they had over 300 with pictures of them making the news.

Florida, like so much of the East Coast, is running colder than normal. Yesterday, they briefly opened the Three Sisters area and then three hours later closed it again. Even though tomorrow will start to warm up, I don't anticipate the area being open.

It will be good to be on my kayak again. I will be with a group of people so that always adds to the pleasure.

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I visited friends in Arkansas two weeks ago, and got to go kayaking twice. Didn't see any gators, but did see a Golden Eagle. The second day of kayaking was more like kayak-assisted hiking due to low water volume in the river.

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I am in upstate NY, so right now I am cross country skiing and doing indoor workouts. I have paddled through the winter before, but this is a tough year. Even the normally open part of our river has ice edges...

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I keep a chart of kayaking trips

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I am often - well to be correct I do most of my activities outside. I see so many things that I would like to remember but I have the shortest memory in the world and so I have begun to attempt to write notes in a field notebook. I am not so observant or clear as to what to write. I think it would be a real good idea especially if done correct and during the winter I look back on summer notes or even years later to review them and to be taken back to the time written .
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As I keep doing my recordings I think I am getting better at including times, conditions of environment. I don't always include temperature which I want to

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As much as I love kayaking, I hate cold more. Not sure how often I would go if I had to use a wet suit. Hope it warms up enough soon so you can get out more AND not need the wet suit.


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I have only been out three times so far this Spring. It is still cold enough to require a wetsuit.

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Got to kayak again in a Florida spring. This time, Silver Springs in Ocala, FL. Spent 5-1/2 hours on water with over four hours of paddling time. Luckily was able to kayak upstream first. It was such an incredibly beautiful place.

I've attached someone else's video of a kayak in the area. I saw all the wildlife on the video though only one monkey. The state is removing them as they eat turtle & bird eggs as well as native baby birds. Also, an additional area is open to kayaking that has a narrower channel with shallow, clear water surrounded by trees on one side and interesting pieces of the parks past on the right.

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Went kayaking on Lake Erie. It is still solid ice out past the break wall, so we just paddled back and forth in the bay where we put in. Lots of ice floes and dead fish... and lots of gulls eating the dead fish. I was definitely glad for the wetsuit.

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Had a great time kayaking at Rainbow Springs, FL area. Kayaked for over four hours. Longer upstream against a very strong current. Rainbow Springs is the fourth largest spring. If below link works, you'll get to see some of the images of the area. Haven't seen any pictures yet that actually do justice to the area.

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I am hoping to get out by the end of the month... wearing neoprene of course!

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This is one of my favorite "seasons" in Florida. It is just plain comfortable. Summer gets intense. Don't mind it as much since I started kayaking.

Saturday going to kayak at Rainbow Springs. Of all the places I've been in Florida, this is one of the most beautiful. The water is clear with deeper places very turquoise. It's also one of the cleaner. No disposable items are allowed and this is enforced with patrols & fines. Besides kayaking, it's great place to go tubing. Would love to do that when it gets warmer. Water comes out of the springs in the 70 degree range.

It won't be long before you all will be sharing your adventures. This country has so many beautiful spots. So glad there are kayaks, canoes, stand-up-paddle boards, boats, and other ways of experience the beauty.

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Got out today with a group of about 20 people. The Heartland Chapter of Florida Trail has a Meetup.com page. Since we've done that, the number of people participating has more than doubled.

Finally got the right plug system going and my kayak seat stayed dry. Only drawback so far with my Necky sit-on. So now I am even more stoked about this kayak.

Again, I was with the leaders in the group and not bringing up the rear. Love it!

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Posted a picture from that paddle. There were some wonderful pictures posted on Meetup.com that showed how wonderfully clear the water was and also some pictures of the Manatees. However, they weren't my pictures so only felt comfortable sharing the one with me in it. I'm in the yellow kayak.

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Sounds lovely!

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Kayaked Sunday @ Weeki Wachee springs (FL) with a Meetup.com group. This was my first group kayak trip with my new Necky 14' sit-on kayak. I am so happy with it. I kept up with the leaders. Still in adjustment phase with the 14' length. We were kayaking downstream and at times flow was fast. A couple of times I ended up at places I didn't want to be. With last log, I had visions of going over but did avoid it.

Got to see some Manatees. In the winter when the Gulf temperature goes down, they head inland to the springs OR hand around the power plants.

Had a great day. For anyone thinking about visiting Florida, I can't mention too often how beautiful the springs are. The water was clear the whole trip. There is a rental concession at this park. They also do shuttling kayaks or drivers.

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Sorry, it's the benefit of living in an area that is scary in hurricane season.
It was absolutely beautiful on the water today. Saw more turtles sunning themselves on logs than I could count AND only one alligator. There were some great flowers to see but not very many birds. That was surprising.
I love that kayaking brings us to places landlubbers can only dream about.

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I am jealous. All our water is still frozen solid. Have fun!

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Going kayaking today with husband & old friends that I haven't seen in years. They are visiting in Florida from Mass. Going to a place that has rentals. Have decided to also rent instead of taking our own. If we took our own, we would be paying for putting in and for their shuttle service. Will miss using my new kayak but it will make it easier to go out afterwards. Also, we carry kayaks on trailer so will save some money in gas fuel.

Going to Little Manatee River. It was the first trip I did with my own kayak in 2007. That time I saw a Manatee. It's a one way paddle down stream in a very pretty area.

Sunday, kayaking with a Meetup.com group at Weeki Wachee. That area is a Florida springs area. Expect to see Manatees. Will use my own kayak for that one.

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Got out again with new kayak. Went again to a local lake so I can spend time learning kayak. Next week, taking it to a river. Love the kayak AND love the paddle.

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For me, yes. I find it easier to paddle. There is a kayak dealership in the Tampa area that has a small pond behind their shop. I got to try several different paddles.All the paddles were lighter weight than the generic paddle I have been using for years. I was impressed with the bent shaft. They are supposed to be easier on your joints.

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I haven't tried a bent shaft before. Does it make a big difference?

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Finally got on water. Love the kayak! It is faster than my other two. Hobie using drive gear can go fast BUT so clumsy without. Didn't have the right scupper plug under seat & got wet but that is fixable. Will try to go out Thurs. to a local spot. Want to make sure have got wet seat issue taken care of.

Before I sold my Hobie, I had picked up a new paddle. That is also making it easier on my wrists. I got a bent shaft paddle that has a smaller diameter shaft. It was my Christmas gift. It is a VERY nice paddle & now with a faster kayak can truly appreciate it.

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Kayak finally arrived today. Yeah! Will be taking it out on Friday. I am so stoked. Will take an adjustment. New sit-on kayak is 14' long & only 25" wide. My Malibu MIni was only 9' & very wide (and very slow). Hobie was 13' and over 30" wide. I am so looking forward to having a good paddling kayak. Hobie was only good if you used drive gear. I kept on using in river with stumps & other places that I couldn't use the gear.
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2/3/14 1:30 P

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Did you get your kayak, Eileen?

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1/29/14 6:48 A

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Can believe re being in the 50's. When I lived in NH met some people on a visit from Homer, Alaska. Their temperatures were warmer than where we lived in NH.

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1/28/14 7:30 P

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Sounds like a lot of fun! My brother is at a roll class tonight. It is all of 5 degrees, but the class is indoors in a pool, so it is okay.

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1/28/14 7:05 P

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I live in Southeast Alaska, and believe it or not, it was so warm this weekend that my friends and I went out for a paddle. It was 55 degrees and sunny, which really IS summer weather for us. We went up to a local lake, which had a very thin layer of ice, and just paddled through it in big circles. It was wonderful to get outside & do something fun.

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It is all of 9F here with blowing snow. Pretty much all local bodies of water are frozen over. So, no kayaking for me at this time. My brother is doing a roll class, but that is in a pool.

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1/23/14 8:54 A

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New kayak still not here--getting anzy. Will admit it's been too cold for kayaking even for Florida. Realize Florida cold is NH warm but my body is used to Florida weather.
The kayak I ordered, Necky Vector 14' is a sit-on kayak that is narrower (width 25") than most sit-on's. This will add speed to the kayak.

LInk to info on kayak ordered & to YouTube video:

http://www.neckykayaks.com/kayaks/sit_on
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLdTeVoWN
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I ordered a new kayak today. I sold my13' Hobie and will be letting my 9' Malibu Mini X go. I'm getting a Necky Vector 14' sit-on kayak. For a sit-on, it's narrow @ 25" versus 30" & more. I need a kayak that will be easier to paddle. The Hobie was ok if you could use the drive gear, but I've been in too many places I couldn't AND it is a bear to paddle. I am so psyched. Will take three weeks.

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I know that I am jealous - although I could get out on the ocean -- sound -- it is cool and wet so I just look at youtube clips of kayakers



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emoticon I am jealous... most of our water is now frozen!

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Spent Christmas Day paddling with about 20 other people on the Hillsboro River. It was a pretty section with a mix of undeveloped land on one side and beautiful homes on the other. When I signed up on Meetup.com to do this, I still had my Hobie. I sold it the day before so had to use my 9' Malibu MIni X. Not the best kayak for open water so paddle was several hours TOO long. In the middle of January will be getting a 14" Necky Vector sit-on. For a sit-on, it's designed to be fast. It's only about 25" wide. I like sit-ons but need something faster for all types of water. My Hobie is a slow paddler and I have been doing a lot of places where I couldn't use the Mirage Drive.
I've had wrist issues lately but still want to kayak--hence the changes. I did get a new paddle has a narrower shaft and a bent design. That was fun to use.
It was a beautiful paddle with a bonus -- no alligators.
So nice to live in Florida in the winter. (Got "hiking" on Monday as well as a casual paddle last Sunday).

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Had an "interesting" paddle yesterday. I was with a group at Cockroach Bay Preserve. It's an area with mangroves off of Tampa Bay, FL. Tampa Bay feeds into the Gulf. The paddle was planned months in advance--but a tide chart was not checked when planned. We were at low tide. Some areas were so low, we either used our paddles to push against the ground OR got out & pulled. The muck would go from 2" to 1' deep with one step. When we got in a mangrove tunnel, those area were deep enough to stay in kayak. Being in a mangrove tunnel with sunlight filtering through the tress is so incredibly beautiful.

It was a small but fun group. Had a good time.

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I plan on going out occasionally. I got a wetsuit for colder conditions. Lake Erie can be mean though, so I might be going out on some of the smaller lakes around here.

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