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Essex River to Crane's Beach Wildlife Refuge paddle... (With Norm as our guide)

  • Aug 16, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Last year, a few of us were lucky enough to tag along with Norm, a seasoned kayaker, as he leisurely kayaked this route. We had a lot of fun that day, and Norm has graciously agreed to repeat this trip for us as our guide!

Open to all Sea and recreational kayaks longer than 12ft with bulkheads or floatation bags. Join us as we explore the tidal estuaries of the Essex River, paddling down the Essex River to the Essex River basin, passing Choate Island and then settling beachside at the Crane wildlife refuge for lunch before heading back.

The Essex River Basin is one of the most exquisite places to paddle north of Boston. Attractions: Thousands of acres of beautiful salt marsh; scenic island sandy beach for picnicking; and extensive bird life.

Approximate time; 4-5 hours (with a lunch break at a beach). Total distance will be between 9 and 10 miles. Those renting kayaks should be mindful of return time.  It wouldn't be right to force others to cut short their trip because you need to return your rental kayak.

Important! You will need to be competent in Self and Assisted Rescues. PFD, required.

This is an Adult only , no pet event.

Note: we may encounter some boat traffic and or swells caused by wind, current or tide. We can try to avoid them as much as possible by staying in more protected areas.

This event has been classified as a Level 2 event . If you don't know what a Level 2 paddle is please refer to this web site:

http://www.nspn.org/paddle_levels.htm

Bring a lunch/ snack to eat and water/beverages to consume during the trip.

Location: Boat ramp behind Periwinkle's Restaurant, 74 Main St, Essex, MA (map)

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Parking; Info will be supplied to those that have been RSVP confirmed.

DATE: Friday, August 16th, 2013

Time: 10:00 am.

Post Kayak options are:   A visit to Down River Ice cream  (or J.T. Farnhams Seafood)  both are  located in Essex.

Kayakers who sign up agree to the Casual Kayakers liability release and will be asked to sign a liability release at the event.


AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. In the interest of safety, consuming alcohol before or during any Casual Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing of Lifejackets (PFD's) is required when paddling with this group.

Additional details to follow.

If you have any questions please direct them to Heidi.

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  • Eric

    Thanks to Norm for leading a great day. Only time in my life I've paddled with the current both ways. Nice folks, beautiful day, fresh steamers, simply the best of New England. Thanks to all who made this happen.

    August 17, 2013

  • Lynne W.

    Only way to head out is with someone who knows the way out and back! Thanks Norm!

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A big Thanks to Norm for his wonderful navigation skils in guiding us from Essex river to Cranes beach and Back!

    August 16, 2013

    • Chloe M.

      Ditto - very knowledga

      August 17, 2013

  • Barbara (Auntie B.

    Thank you Norm for guiding us. It was a beautiful day !

    August 16, 2013

  • Chloe M.

    Lovely!

    August 16, 2013

  • Nancy

    Awesome trip. It was just beautiful!!

    August 16, 2013

  • Norman M.

    Additional note: As you drive into the street that leads to the parking area there will be a building almost directly in front of you. There are BATHROOM facilities suitable for changing.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This event has been classified as a Level 2 event . If you don't know what a Level 2 paddle is, please refer to this web site; http://www.nspn.org/paddle_levels.htm

    August 5, 2013

  • Norman M.

    Hit the Down River Ice cream shop last night (just to check it out). Had the 'Green Head' flavor. Really great ice cream.

    1 · August 3, 2013

    • Brendan

      I did the exact same thing and same flavor. Very creamy, but the West Nile mosquitos were bad out back, so we had to dine and dash.

      August 3, 2013

  • Norman M.

    I would opt for the ice cream. Flavors look very interesting.

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Green Head – minty ice cream with chewy chocolate chips. Your chance to bite them

      An Essex River Runs Through It –smooth chocolate ice cream with a river of chewy caramel
      (flavors from Down river ice cream menu).

      July 26, 2013

  • David

    Could anyone make arrangements to pick me up at Centennial Industrial Park in Peabody? there is an exit for it on Rt 128

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You mentioned renting. Is there renting location close by??

    July 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You could try ERBA in Essex or you can google places. Sometimes members have loaned members their extra kayak to loan for $20 (this helps pay for the extra gas incurred on car drag of carrying an extra kayak on the vehicle, etc.).

      July 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Heidi!

      July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Post Kayak options are: A visit to Down River Ice cream (or J. T. Farnhams Seafood) both are located in Essex.

    http://www.mydownrivericecream.com

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g41561-d546146-Reviews-J_T_Farnham_s-Essex_Cape_Ann_Massachusetts.html

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why a Friday?

    July 6, 2013

    • Norman M.

      Saturdays and Sundays in the summer will be very busy with boat traffic. In an effort to make the trip comfortable for all experience levels it was felt that a weekday would be best.

      July 6, 2013

  • David

    I'd like to be there and I have have the 2nd set aside to for a day off from SSA

    June 30, 2013

  • Barbara (Auntie B.

    I can be sic that day and call out - cough cough wheeze wheeze

    June 20, 2013

  • Ruth M

    This sounds great and I would love to go but I can't make it. I'll be just getting back from vacation and will have to work. Hope it gets repeated sometime.

    June 18, 2013

  • Barbara R (.

    I know Norm- of the Wild Turkey Paddlers, he's awesome! Can't join you as I'm still teaching. Have fun!

    June 18, 2013

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