Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kayaking Lake Coniston




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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Ballad of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway


(To the tune of “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz” by Janis Joplin)



Introduction

This Allagash Wilderness Waterway Ballad video was prepared from participants’ memorable moments of expeditions guided by Registered Master Maine Guide Linwood Parsons and his wife Betty.

Without a doubt, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway rates as the gem of Maine’s wilderness areas.
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The Ballad of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

(Kathy)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a big can of Ben’s.
I’m out in the woods now,
The flies never end.
Got bitten all over,
No help from my friends.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a big can of Ben’s.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a bed of my own.
A mattress and box spring
That’s not on the ground.
Last night I got bruises,
I slept on a stone.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a bed of my own.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a roll of TP.
Those baked beans of Betty’s
Are getting to me.
Been wiping with leaves
Til I got poison ivy.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a roll of TP.

(Linwood)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a deputy’s badge.
We helped save two druggies
At Little Allagash.
Ole Andy was naked,
And Tara was scared.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a deputy’s badge.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me new waterproof gear.
“Dry bags” became “wet bags”
When we sank to our ear.
We swam down the rapids
A chasin’ the beer.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me new waterproof gear.

(Betty)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a few more good years.
To paddle with Linwood
And Harry mit beers.
Chase Rapids with Karen
Without many fears.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a few more good years.

(Karen)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me an instant campfire.
No sawing of firewood,
No stripping of bark.
No pleading with Linwood
Or Harry to lite it.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me an instant campfire.

(Harry)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a brand new spruce paddle.
Chase Rapids are coming,
Excitement is high.
Cross draw, sweep, and a pry,
Til we all finished dry.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a brand new spruce paddle.

(Steve)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Maine Master Guide.
To show us the Allagash,
In swagger and stride.
And teach us canoe rescue,
And a loon landing wildlife bona fide.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Maine Master Guide.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Chickadee and a Loon.
The bread in the Dead,
Cornish hen in the coffee can.
Folger’s Black Silk,
and a pudding lid spoon.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Chickadee and a Loon

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a campsite to rest.
Spruce gum for the rookie,
Counting moose at its best.
A swim though the rapids,
Flint and steel for our test.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a campsite to rest.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Long Lake Dam
A dam to portage if you can,
Or paddle at risk and I’ll be dam.
A spike waiting to rip the canoe,
Tim and Steve paddled be dammed.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Long Lake Dam.

(Tim)
Oh lord take me down to the Allagash now.
Take me to the north woods,
 Where the moose runs wild and proud.
To see the eagles soar,
As I relax on the shore.
Oh lord take me down to the Allagash now.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me some rapids right now.
The "V" through the rocks
will guide us somehow.
The draw stroke shall save us
with a quick turn of the bow.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me some rapids right now.

(Dundee)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me more beer.
To help me create more cairns made of stone,
And the whistles of willow,
And the white birch bark stars.
So much more to create, so
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me more beer!

(Paul)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a big ole white sail.
I’m on Eagle Lake and,
The wind never fails.
My arms ache from paddlin’,
Oh, S#%t is that hail?
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a big ole white sail.

(Linwood)
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a big ole fat fish.
I'll gut him and skin him,
Then he'll land in my dish.
An eighteen inch Brookie,
Now that'd be my wish.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a big ole fat fish.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a bigger Canoe.
'Cause the one I have now,
Just simply won't do.
Need more room for the beer,
for the hard strokin' Crew.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a bigger Canoe.

(Rick)
Oh Lord, won't you buy me some stars in the Sky.
They look near at hand,
yet, are so high.
I'm just a lightening bug seeking a mate,
in the heavens above, but I'm feeling spry.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me some stars in the Sky.

(Steve)
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me paddlers so grand.
Dundee is prepared,
And navigates first hand.
Timothy skilled in the stern,
When the river gets tough he insures the turn
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me paddlers so grand.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a campfire recipe.
Garret flint and steel,
Tim saws wood fire-to-be.
Linwood’s cuisine is five-star,
Lobster and eggs benedict are the par.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a campfire recipe.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me “Never say I wish I had …”
For eight days we were in awe of the Allagash and the Loon,
Our skills grew as we paddled in tune.
Coolers with names of rivers,
All are lifetime of memories delivered.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a “Never say I wish I had …”

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"Everyone must do something.  I believe I will go outdoors with family and friends"


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Saturday, May 2, 2015

An Eagle Sighting at Perkins Pond, New Hampshire


Four friends paddle on Perkins Pond in mid-April amongst open water and sheets of ice.  They seek to determine if they can paddle from the northern point of the Pond at a spot called Chickadee Point to the southern section of the Pond noted as Piney Point. Is the day to declare ice-out?

Suddenly a large bird with a white head is spotted flying toward them. "Look an Eagle!"
 







Other Winter Happenings at Perkins Pond
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Perkins Pond Ice-Out April 22, 2015


Perkins Pond Protective Association (PPPA)

 
On March 1, 2015 Perkins Pond had 18 plus inches of ice.  The ice was insulated with hard packed snow from snowmobiles and XC skiers and what was left of the  ten feet of winter snow.  Would the winter ever end?  Would the ice ever melt?

Gary, President of the Perkins Protective Association, in collaboration with Dundee, came up with the idea of getting Perkins Ponders thinking toward spring and gathering money for the Association’s water monitoring efforts with a Perkins Pond Ice-Out Contest.

Gary sent a March 18 email to all home-owners registered with the Association announcing the Perkins Pond Ice-Out Contest.  All submissions had to be in by March 26, 2015.

Dundee was asked to set the criteria for ice-out.  Steve was asked to monitor ice-out, along with Gary.

Ice-out is deemed to have occurred when a boat can freely navigate from the point separating the coves at the south end of the Pond known as “Piney Point” to the point at the north end of the Pond Marking the entrance to the outlet known as “Chickadee Point.”

On April 17, there was some open water around the north edges of the Pond, and Dundee, Gary and Steve slid their canoe and two kayaks into the open water and proceeded to Chickadee Point (next to the outlet by the large beaver lodge).  Their efforts to paddle south to Piney Point (the peninsula at the south end of the Pond) were quickly stifled by the thick ice.

To inform those Perkins Ponders interested in the ice-out progress, Ann and Robert generously let us show their web link of their live web cams viewing from the north end of the Pond to the south end.  This allowed those with Internet access to 24 hours a day viewing of the ice-out evolution.

On Apr 18th Steve paddled from Chickadee point to the public landing when he could go no further due to the ice.

On Sunday April 19th, Dundee, Gary, Mike D., Gerry and Steve attempted to paddle from Chickadee Point to Piney Point but were prevented by the thick sheet of the ice.

From April 20 – 21 Gary and Dundee continued monitoring ice out from Chickadee Point to Piney Point.

On April 22 in the late afternoon Gary took pictures of ice out on Perkins Pond.

Throughout iceout Mike G. had his live web cam viewing from South to North.  Further, Mike G. condensed the April 20 - 22 video of ice out in a 90 second video which you will see on the video here.  This is a fascinating 90 seconds view of the last three days of ice on Perkins Pond.

As an added benefit to ice-out, on April 19th the monitors spotted an eagle landing on an ice flow in front of Mike D.’s house.  Steve managed to film the eagle – and this exciting occasion is included in the video. 

Enjoy the below video of the ice-out monitoring from April 17 to April 22.



PERKINS POND ICE-OUT CONTEST




OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PPPA ICE-OUT CONTEST

ICE-OUT IS DEEMED TO HAVE OCCURRED WHEN A BOAT CAN FREELY NAVIGATE FROM THE POINT SEPARATING THE TWO COVES AT THE SOUTH END OF THE POND, KNOWN AS “PINEY POINT”, TO THE POINT AT THE NORTH END OF THE POND MARKING THE ENTRANCE TO THE OUTLET, KNOWN AS “CHICKADEE POINT”.

 THE CONTEST WILL BE A TRADITIONAL 50/50 FORMAT WITH THE WINNER RECEIVING 1/2 OF THE “KITTY” AND THE OTHER 1/2 GOING TO THE PERKINS POND PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION’S GENERAL FUND TO ASSIST IN ASSOCIATION ANNUAL ACTIVITIES.

THE WINNER WILL BE THE PERSON WITH THE PREDICTION THAT IS CLOSEST TO THE EXACT DAY OF ICE-OUT.

 IN THE EVENT MORE THAN ONE PERSON PREDICTS THE EXACT DATE OF ICE-OUT, THE 50/50 KITTY WILL BE SPLIT EVENLY BETWEEN THE WINNERS.

 DUNDEE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING WHEN THE CRITERIA HAS BEEN MET FOR OFFICIAL ICE-OUT.

STEVE WILL ACT AS MODERATOR TO ENSURE THE CRITERIA FOR ICE-OUT HAS BEEN MET. 

YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT ON MARCH 25TH, 2015.

ENTRIES ARE $5.00 EACH WITH A LIMIT OF 10 ENTRIES PER PERSON.

 BELOW IS A LOG OF RECENT ICE-OUT DATES AS RECORDED BY DUNDEE AND LINDA.
Perkins Pond ice out dates
From Dundee and Linda
March
April
1993
18
1994
20
1995
29
1996
12
1997
10
1998
19
1999
7
2000
28
2001
28
2002
1
2003
21
2004
13
2005
12
2006
31
2007
23
2008
20
2009
5
2010
1
2011
20
2012
18
2013
10
2014
19
2015
22

Other Winter Happenings at Perkins Pond
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"Everyone must do something.  I believe I will go outdoors with family and friends"

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Barred Owl in New Hampshire


A large bird caught my eye as it landed on a tree branch in my winter wooded snowbound backyard.  I immediately recognized the bird's unique owl look and brown-and-white-striped plumage.  It was a barred owl. They can often reach 20 inches in height and have a wingspan of 43 inches.

Fortunately my camera was nearby and you will get to enjoy this one minute video.

You will hear the barred owl’s hooting call.  The experts say it sounds like “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?”  Me, well as you will hear it was not my imitation that attracted this owl.  I have indeed heard its hoot call many times.

Notice in one picture the left eye is wide open, while the right eye is somewhat closed.  Amazingly, many birds can essentially sleep with half of their brains - they keep one eye open and one side of their brain awake while the other side rests.  That may be what's happening here - the owl may be going to sleep (or just awakening) with its right eye and thus left brain.  Interestingly, I have outdoor enthusiast friends who also sleep like that!


Try and see if you can imitate the barred owl’s hooting call, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?

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"Everyone must do something.  I believe I will go outdoors with family and friends"

Steve’s latest book, Outdoor Play "Fun 4 4 Seasons" is available as an e-Book at Kindle ($3.99) and hard copy at Amazon.com ($11.95)