An extraordinary variety of places invites us. Rugged wave-swept cliffs, velvety marshes, quiet creeks, extensive bays. Most trips will mix several environments, as you choose. We adapt our trips to your interests and abilities as well as to the weather, tides and currents. Let's develop your own adventure.
Have a look at the extraordinarily varied environments we can kayak in this area of mid-coast Maine
*Additional people are $50 each, up to a maximum group of six. Your trip includes a good snack and all paddling gear (kayak, paddle, pfd)
offer diverse ecology, paddling conditions and sense of space. There's also plenty of wildlife and history (forts, lighthouses).
feel intimate and gentle. They are biologically rich and more protected from weather. Usually the paddling is easy and very tidal.
challenge you with dramatic scenery and sometimes more demanding conditions. Vast ocean views studded with islands will stir the soul.
THE KINDS OF TRIPS SHOWN BELOW TEND TO OVERLAP A BIT DEPENDING ON OUR GOALS AS WELL AS TIDE AND WEATHER. SO CALL OR EMAIL TO PLAN A TRIP! Your trip includes a good lunch and all paddling gear. *Additional people are $85 each, up to a maximum group of six
give a complex mix of nooks and crannies, open spaces, currents and flatwater, and widely mixed scenery and wildlife.
feel intimate and gentle. They are ecologically very rich, and more protected from weather. Usually the paddling is easy and is very tide dependent.
will challenge you with dramatic scenery and sometimes more demanding conditions. Vast ocean views studded with islands will stir your soul to a froth.
*Additional people are $225 each + food up to a maximum group of six. Your trip includes all meals, paddling and camp gear (kayak, paddle, pfd, tent) . ** see my Notes on Food below
Spending the whole day and night creates an entirely different relationship with the environment and your group.
Our camps can be basic or more comfortable, depending on your preference and budget. This photo shows a more deluxe” island camp with gas grill, tables, stools, lanterns, enabled by powerboat support. Let's talk about your vision.
We can supply higher-end camping with our 18 ft powerboat, "EndorFIN" to allow more comfort and convenience than we can carry ourselves in kayaks (like lanterns, chairs/stools, etc & food coolers). We can even get you to more remote islands where your kayaks are waiting. Call for details and pricing to accommodate your vision.
There's nothing like a fire under the stars, the sounds and smells of the tide and waves to remind you of your connections.
Cooking in camp is a traditional and enjoyable part of guiding ... plus we gotta eat! But the menu that you hope for can vary from survival to spectacular. It's your choice and depends on our goals for the trip. Your choices will influence pricing because "classic" camp food tends to be basic. It's tasty as can be, but its also lightweight and compact, less perishable, less costly, needs less refrigeration and is less challenging to find. That's why the old-timers (and modern-
day expeditions) go that way. But there's a lot to be said for the more gourmet or health focused menus, which have the opposite characteristics of "classic", including cost and associated work. Therefore you and I will talk about the food you want, and figure costs accordingly. Estimate $15-25 each person/day for "classic" meals but up to $50 for higher end fare. An option is for you to shop and bring the food, which gives you complete control over selection and price.
Weather is something over which we have no control but it can influence any trip for better or worse. It can be cold, hot, wet, windy, thundery, or foggy. All in one trip! Judgment, skill and equipment are crucial for our safety, comfort, and enjoyment, so we will plan and equip carefully. And then we adapt to the actual day so that changing conditions are fun rather than frightening or dangerous. As conditions develop we will be flexible to keep things fun and safe. Weather cancellations are rare, but if necessary we are usually able to re-schedule.
Tides can turn a watery cove into a dry mudflat, or a placid bay into a powerful current. Our ability to use tidal currents to our advantage (instead of fighting them!) will influence our choice of time and route; it is a vital part of planning. We also choose carefully to ensure there is enough of water when/where we depart AND RETURN. You'll enjoy learning more about these factors as we discuss your trip. And during the adventure you'll experience them first hand as we monitor our progress.
Everyone's safety is the top priority on any trip. Safety resources include knowledge of your health/medical status (there's a downloadable questionnaire below which must be filled out). Safety also means having appropriate clothing and equipment (downloadable checklists are also below). In addition there are risks that we must address specifically for the activities we do, so that both the group and guide function together to totally manage risks like injury or capsizing. We start each trip with a safety briefing and review.
We provide snacks, lunches and camp meals that are tasty, nutritious, durable and readily available. We are aware these days that many people have unique dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, etc), as well as serious allergies, or just plain preferences.
Below is a downloadable list of the food items that we typically provide for snacks and lunches. Please make your selections from it and email it back it so I know what you want.
IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL PREFERENCES AND NEEDS PLEASE PROVIDE FOR THEM YOURSELF. The risks of disappointment or medical issues, as well as the cost of accommodating some of the more "specific" dietary needs for certain clients are beyond our guiding job description. Thanks!
Sometimes we use a powerboat to get to distant places with our kayaks, just like you might use your car. Here's a video showing how we get in and out.