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!"
 







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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

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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?

References

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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)


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Re-using Outdoor Hand Warmers

I read a January 2015 Appalachian Mountain Club article on re-using outdoor hand warmers. Once exposed to air, the iron in the hand warmer package oxidizes and releases heat in the process - and you now have warm hands! 

Therein lays the crucial piece of information. In order for the reaction to occur, the hand warmer needs a supply of oxygen. If you cut off the supply of oxygen, the chemical reaction ceases. And to cut off the oxygen, all you need to do is put the hand warmer in an air-tight zip-lock bag.

I decided to experiment with the content of this article.  Not only did it work, BUT I successfully used the same two hand warmers two more times!



Certainly there is money saving here, but a hand warmer is not a big expense – generally about $1 a pair.  My message is that since hand warmers are capable of being reused you do not need to carry an excessive number of them.  Just be sure to save the used hand warmer in an airlock bag.

I recommend keeping the unused packaged hand warmers as emergency spares.

Go to http://tiny.cc/kr2zux and read the AMC hand warmer article. To join or learn more about the Appalachian Mountain Club go to Outdoors.org/

Try this outdoor handwarmer experiment for yourself!

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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)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Winter in New Hampshire is more than Downhill Skiing


New Hampshire is known for its marvelous downhill skiing.  Yes, we are very proud of this, BUT there are many other winter outdoor happenings.  Let me share some of the activities where my family and friends were participants, such as a sleigh ride in the great north woods of northern NH, cross-country skiing, a moonlight snowshoe hike.  And more.

Other times we are observers enjoying the excitement of watching ice climbers scale a mountain side of ice near Crawford Notch with views of the snow-capped 4,000 footers of the White Mountains Presidential range.  And more. 



Below are two videos.  The top video is 12 minutes and gives a taste of 14 NH winter happenings.  The bottom video is 41 minutes and is being shown by Bedford Community Television (BCTV).  I created the top video (12 mins) from key elements from the BCTV video.

Grab your favorite wintertime beverage, relax, and enjoy as Outdoor Steve presents his first-hand and personal insights of a multitude of New Hampshire winter activities.

Never say, "I wish I had enjoyed winter in New Hampshire".


- A Taste of Winter in New Hampshire -



- Bedford Community Television -
Winter in New Hampshire



http://outdooradventurers.blogspot.com/

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ice Boating in New Hampshire

“Let’s go ice boating!”  It is a rare winter day in New Hampshire to have perfect ice boating conditions – meaning thick smooth ice with no snow coverage.
The temperature was 14 degrees. The ice had been frozen for the past month, and a few drilled holes showed the ice to be 8 – 10 inches thick – plenty of strength for ice boating – and smooth ice with no lingering snow. 
Sailable ice is known in the sport as "hard water" versus sailing on liquid or "soft" water.  Ice boats are strictly wind powered and need nearly snow-free  smooth ice to sail.
The Homemade Ice Boat
Dundee has many creative skills – and his iceboat reflects this.

A Rare Opportunity
Ice boating can be a very unique experience.  Once you get over the initial, “What am I doing here” feeling, you sense being one with the boat.  You hear the wind in the sail and the rumble of the runners over the ice.  Certainly at 14 degrees you must dress in layers for relative comfort.
Rare are the right ice boating conditions – thick ice – no snow – good wind – good weather – and not have to go to work!  Smile.
Microspikes
The frequent crackling sound in the video is not the wind – it is the sound of microspikes as Steve walks on the ice.  Microspikes offer serious traction on ice for walking and tasks as pushing the iceboat.
Click the below video and enjoy this unique experience – and even take an ice boat ride with Outdoor Steve.



Learn More About Dundee's Ice Boat
Three 10” angle iron blades called "runners" support a triangular shaped wooden frame with a front steering tiller made from an old hockey stick.  The blades are attached to the boat, one on each end of the rear cross plank and one at the fore end of the hull.  The runner blade in the front is capable of rotation controlled by a tiller (the sawed off hockey stick.) There is a back rest cushion seat in the middle for the driver.
Dundee drilled a sail post hole near the front of the boat.  In the hole he positioned the mast from his summer sunfish sail boat.  (A Force 5 or Laser sailboat mast will work just as well.) A rope is tied to the sail and used by the driver to control the sail.
The boat with sail weighs about 150 lbs.
Starting, Steering and Stopping
The boat can be started by putting the boat sideways to the wind.   You then pull onto the sail to capture the wind – and off you go.
The boat is steered with the hockey stick tiller to direct the front runner.
The driver pulls or releases the sail via the boom rope to angle the sail to catch the wind. The only seeming limitations to iceboat speed are windage, friction, the camber of the sail shape, strength of construction, quality of the ice surface and the level of skill, athleticism and fearlessness of the sailor.  There are many styles of ice boats, but it is said an ice boat of this style can go two times the wind speed.
Tacking or coming about is a sailing maneuver by which a sailing vessel  turns its bow into the wind through the 'no-go zone' so that the direction from which the wind blows changes from one side to the other. The tacking method gets the ice boat up and down the pond and is really how the ice boat is steered - catching the wind is exactly like sailing a sailboat in the summer.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

October 18 - 19, 2014 Goffstown, NH Giant Pumpkin Regatta


This 20 minute video documents the wonderful celebration of Fall shared with the local communities by the town of Goffstown, New Hampshire.  A giant pumpkin weigh-in Saturday morning (the winner was 1,284 lbs) was followed by an afternoon of carving and decorating a selection of these same giant pumpkins in preparation for the next day' s Sunday afternoon Giant Pumpkin Regatta.

A Giant Pumpkin Regatta is a unique experience to see as captains dressed in unique costumes paddle inside giant 1,000 lb pumpkins up the Piscataquog River in a race solely for bragging rights "For best giant pumpkin boat."



Day 1
  • Morning Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off (Winner 1,284 lbs)
  • Afternoon Carving and Decorating of the Giant Pumpkins for the Sunday's Giant Regatta
  • Apple Slink Shot Contest
  • Learning to use a Fire Extinguisher
  • Physical Exercise Contest
  • Giant Pumpkin Boat Building
  • Fireman Mini-muster
Day 2
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Small Pumpkin River Race
  • Giant Pumpkin Regatta
Click below to see the two days of the Pumpkin Regatta:



To see additional links on this event go to another post of Outdoor Steve's Blog at http://outdooradventurers.blogspot.com/2011/10/goffstown-nh-giant-pumpkin-weigh-off.html.

More of Outdoor Steve's blog posts can be seem at http://www.outdoorsteve.com.


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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)