MAY 12- Glacial Hike + *COVE PADDLING * + Mohegan Village Potluck Fireside BBQ

  • May 12, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Hi Everyone,

This is what i am basing my weather GUESS on:

THINGS LOOK  **OK**  not great but just OK ENOUGH FOR THIS EVENT... see ya there.

The ground will be wet to moist and rocks a bit damp, so be really careful crawling on them,

sadly there will be some wind from the west and up the river

good going in but the wind will be there on the return from the cove, but

we can modify the event as we go along anyway to adapt to the conditions.

wear some wrmer clothes till it gets sunnier.

There is a Pavilion at the Mohegan Village "only" if needed. else we head to more the private part and tree surrounds.

Bring a chair and hope the grass dries a bit..

grill and table things loaded ..

i have some firewood for the fire loaded.

Weather update:


Tides:  SUNDAY MAY 12 
12:16 pm HIGH @ 2.99 ft -- necessary to know for the bridge and cove (low is no good for the bridge or cove, high has not been verified by me yet, we will find out real soon.)

Low 6:18 pm @ 072 ft

I will be wearing a BRIGHT orange hunting hat in the parking area.

--> We will be visiting all of the 3 sites listed below for the first time and will assess if its a RETURN or forget it for next year. Based on my research it should be with a minimum overall 75% good rating to start with..

Please read the info on the 3 sites provided below in the links to see if this is something of interest to you.










1) Hike Spot: 11:00 am : Glacier Park


Info on the site:

GPS apx to get you close enough:  90 Whalehead RD, Gales Ferry.

Park in the lot under the powerlines or nearby where you can fit.

Sadly there is not much parking here but be creative and we can all fit in the general area.

I will have to park roadside so that will make it easier to find the place for you also. Orange cones to be set roadside too.


2) Paddle Spot: Poquetanuck Cove

Cove and Bridge tides:,%20Thames%20River,%20Connecticut

Paddle the -Poquetanuck Cove after the hike-----> REMEMBER:-- (We will use the Stoddarhd Hill Boat Ramp instead ) --

NOT the  Drawbride Road Launch since there is not enough parking there for us

---> Our put in spot is STODDARD HILL BOAT RAMP:

(OR Just follow me from Glacier Park).


Info on Paddling in the Cove:



3) BBQ & Fire Spot: - The MOHEGAN'S Fort Shantok Village,  Uncasville

POT LUCK FIRESIDE BBQ,  more than likely we will be at a bit more of a private spot nearby down one of the roads in the area where we can have the fire and not draw too much attention to the group..

You wont miss us if you try the 2 or so roads away from the center point --->

apx GPS Address : 400 Massapeag RD, Uncasville CT



here is the general overall mapping info:




The following Kayaks come with top rated paddles and life jackets transported to the put in site but must be specifically chosen and reserved in advance:

Boat use Doughnation is $20.00 

Note: if you reserve a kayak and i take it all the way to the site and you do not show -- you will never join us again for any event.

These are my personal hobby boats and its asked you be sincere in showing up, besides i ask less than half of what a local shop charges and you get better equipment right at the event site's boat ramp.

Yes i will understand  traffic may cause you to be late and if i hear of of any traffic via my GPS or by other arriving members, then we usually wait a bit longer than normal.

Please make sure you fit in the boats and have some paddling skills (check the info of the boats in the corresponding links provided with each boat).


KAYAK #1:       Eddyline Wind Dancer Fiberglass+Kevlar, Red, Rudder Equipped 18' @ 24" wide.

This is an expedition style sea kayak designed for heavy loads and can handle rough sea conditions.

Highly stable (initial & secondary), heavy weight (52 LB).        
For almost any sized paddler apx (100 to 230 lbs) with beginner and up skills.




KAYAK #2:       Necky Eliza Plastic, Fire Color, Rudder Equipped 15'-3.5'' @ 22"wide.

Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*, moderate weight (49 LB) ladies kayak        
Small to Medium sized paddler (100 - 160 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.         
This is the heavier model and largest cockpit of the Eliza series.

---> RESERVED For Charlie's Guest 1 ??




KAYAK #3:     Necky Eliza Advanced Composite (Un Modified), Red and White, Skeg Version 15'-3'' @ 21" wide.

Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*,  Light weight (45 LB) Ladies Kayak.

Small to Medium sized paddler (95 - 145 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.         
This is the medium size cockpit of the Eliza series.




KAYAK #4:       Necky Eliza Composite Special Ultra Light Version (Modified)

(Very Thin Fibreglass), Yellow, Skeg Version 15'-3'' @ 21" wide.

Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*, Light weight (40 LB) Ladies Kayak.        
Small to Medium sized paddler (95 - 145 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.         
This is the lightest of the Eliza Series and also with the smallest cocpit.

---> RESERVED for Lenore



KAYAK #5:    Wood Cedar Strip Night Heron  design by Guillemot Kayaks, pre-set and permanently deployed Skeg 18' @ 19" to 20" wide.

Overall a stable and predictable Sea Kayak with a hard chine, low rocker Greenland style hull, heavy weight (50 lbs).

Medium Sized Paddler (apx 100 - 200 Lbs) with SOME NOVICE TO INTERMEDIATE and up skills needed to control this boat.

Additional Option:

A Greenland style Paddle available also if specifically REQUESTED. .






KAYAK #6:        NDK Greenlander Pro,  Fiberglass, Red, Skeg Equipped. Greenland style, fast kayak for ocean crusing. 18' @ 21" wide,  heavy weight 50 lb

Full Greenland style sea kayak. Medium sized paddler [masked] lbs) with  a MINIMUM of Intermediate to Advanced sea paddling skills needed for this boat.

---> RESERVED by al-r





---> NEEDS SOME PLUMBING REPAIRS -- out of service, toilet seat ok but wont flush WILL CUT A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM or supply a poop bag..


Space reserved by Strawberry K.


I wish you all a good day..



See some of you soon..


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  • Jean C

    Me and my sister Connie really enjoyed this. Want to join more but Saturdays are though for us.
    Hope to see you all again soon.

    May 19, 2013

  • Charlie W.

    Once again Al, great job at coordinating this event. We had a great time and would definitely want to do this again.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • ruby

    AL I know you would make an excellent adventure. Too bad my friend and I missed it but do look forward to another adventure soon.

    May 13, 2013

  • Kate

    A real adventure! :)

    May 13, 2013

  • Katie

    This was first meetup with HCR & CSKG. Fantastic! A beautiful day for a scramble through boulder fields and paddling a new location. I met so many great folks - can't wait to get out to another trip with this group.
    The recipe for the butternut carrot & ginger soup that I made for the potluck is here:
    AL-r thanks for pulling this all together

    May 13, 2013

  • KAYAKING CT-MA-RI Sea & Riv A.

    Thanks for braving the wind conditions.. i will only paddle here if winds less then 10 mph, today it was what seemed twice that.
    I hope too see you all again, please enjoy the summer if you can not join us.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • KAYAKING CT-MA-RI Sea & Riv A.

    Hi Everyone, Thanks for coming out and seeing what goes on with a first location listing for a group event with a few complexities, The hike spot..very good. i have memorized the path now but wish to explore more next time.. i now know what high tide does to the bridges and will plan that portion better..
    the cove .Ok but will stop on the island for a destination snack ,
    weather will be incorporated in decisions to go more or less. i see the result of wind in this area.. similar to conditions at Salmon Cove so i can predict next time what the limits should be..
    The Indian Reservation,, much more there than we seen..
    Next fall should be nice , maybe next year too ? , more and proven events and locations on the way, this and one more are new locations introduced every year, then its on the good old favourites.

    May 12, 2013

  • Heidi M.

    Thanks Al for s great day out, other then the wind issues we had a blast, the hike was very enjoyable, and the potluck was the icing on the cake!! Great group of awesome people, very warm and welcoming I look forward to do another paddle soon, lets just hope for less wind. Thanx again!!! :)

    May 12, 2013

  • Doreen

    Thanks Al, nice day! Loved the boulder hike as warm-up. The put-in was a great access point and parking. Nice paddle, too bad the wind and waves were so rough on the way back. I stayed around for a while to help some folks with their boats, but had to leave before you got back, had stuff to do at home for Mother's Day! thanks again. Hope to see you all soon

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Samantha

    Had a great time...hiking was fun...I'd do that again. Kayaking was fun too but the trip back was scary. Wasn't sure if I was going to make it .LOL... hope everyone had fun at the potluck..sorry I couldn't stay.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Kim O

    Not going to make it just got home :-(

    May 12, 2013

  • Doreen

    ok, I'm going for it but have to scramble to get there on time

    May 12, 2013

  • John

    I'm going to try to make it down in time for the hike, but if not I'm still up for kayaking. Al, since this is your first time at this spot it's probably tough giving an accurate time estimate for when you'll be at the launch, but does 1-ish sound about right?

    May 12, 2013

  • Heidi M.

    Just spoke with my mom, who is in Canterbury, Ct. The sun is out....yippie, we all will be joining!!! Safe travels ALL!!!!!!

    May 12, 2013

  • Kim O

    I am running behind so I might not make the hike so I hope to catch u at the launch site.

    May 12, 2013

  • Heidi M.

    9AM update from the north east corner....its still drizzling here, but it looks like the sun is trying to break through...I'm up for this, dying to paddle I have 9' dagger kayaks, never done salt water...humm not 100% on going...mother nature come on its our day!!!!!!

    May 12, 2013

  • Doreen

    Hey -it is pouring rain here in Glastonbury at 8am

    May 12, 2013

  • KAYAKING CT-MA-RI Sea & Riv A.

    Things look OK for this event.. there will be some damp rocks so be really careful climbing on them...and some wind on our return from the cove..
    This is a new location(s) and combo for me to offer to all of you that are interested. it replaces one less desirable event and location from years past, you assess and grade the event, but please no complaining.. this should be in the doo-able range for all of you, if not, i will be worried about you when on the ocean events..(or any events) -- i have faith you will enjoy this as an explorer for the first time the same as i will..conditions will be what they are.. if good we return next year with improvements.
    See ya there. anticipate the conditions is all i can say. i will have to also.

    May 12, 2013

  • Heidi M.

    I understand to double check if we are a go in the AM. Myself and 2 guest are up for this adventure rain or shine. My only question is I thought I owned boots for hiking, no I do not. Is a good pair of running sneakers ok? I understand the total outing is at my own risk but, can I still participate in the hike?

    May 11, 2013

  • Samantha

    Can't make the potluck :(
    but I'll be the for the hike and paddle!

    May 10, 2013

  • Jean C

    Please reserve kayak for me and my sister is coming too. Do you have another kayak for her to rent.

    May 10, 2013

  • Doreen

    Looking forward to it - hope the weather cooperates!

    May 9, 2013

  • ruby

    Sunday May 12 at 11am we will hike first then paddle.. correct?

    May 9, 2013

  • Heidi M.

    If it's s go for Saturday I'll be a party of 2, Sunday a party of 3, with that being said this will be my first outing with this group, we all are very excited. Can anyone give me a few suggestions for myself and my mom to bring to contribute to the pot luck BBQ? Thank you!!!!

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need a kayak. Eddyline 18. This time I'm going to make it

    May 5, 2013

  • Charlie W.

    May 5, 2013

  • Kathy~g

    Not sure about transporting kayak, but at least the hike!

    May 5, 2013

  • Samantha

    I have a "sit on top" kayak. Is it going to be okay for most trips? I've never had any problems but tend to do a lot of paddling on lakes. Although it handled some pretty big waves made by speed boats!

    May 4, 2013

    • KAYAKING CT-MA-RI Sea & Riv A.

      Hi Samantha and Everyone, yes any kayak will be ok on all trips i post, some of the longer ocean trips may be taxing on you but during the season you gain strength and skills. Many times i have shorter options during an event also.

      May 5, 2013

  • Barbara M.

    Forced to miss the first paddle. I plan on making it to this next one!!

    May 4, 2013

  • Kim O

    Count me in, I will make sure to have my hiking boots for the first part of the outing

    May 4, 2013

  • Kate

    Oooh! This looks like so much fun!!

    May 2, 2013

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