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SEP 29 *Kayaking The Ghost Town River* Potluck BBQ @ Hurd of Plenty Spirits Park

  • Sep 29, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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Hi Everyone,

Yes, i am aware of the weather prediction(s), It looks like it should be OK by 11 am, yes cloudy and a bit cool, bring a light jacket... see those interested at East Haddam-Salmon River boat ramp.

This is a very nice paddle into areas that can be only reached during a HIGH tide condition in the East Haddam area.

All types of boats will be fine for this location also.

As Always ..everything depends on the weather..too soon to know.

Tides for Higganumb Crick starting with September 29, 2012.


 29 High 12:20 PM 2.9ft <----Good
    29      Low   7:35 PM     0.1


Weather Air:

Weather Land:[masked]&e=0

LOOK BELOW ----> The POTLUCK GHOST Monster is already waiting for all of us with its Ghostly ferocious appetite at Hurting Plenty Park--- "It will painfully eat you alive from the insides right to the outside" says a famous Ghost Hunter:

Look at the ferocious attitude it has---->Bring some good food to make it leave US alone !!!

The Paddle trip starts Upstream untill we hit the central cove, from there its a diversion to the Right into the Johnsonville Brat River for a moment or two Spooks, from there it back on track, upstream a ways bear RIGHT into the Zambeezie river extension, then left into the Kissing Tunnel of Love, take a left from the Rake and head to the water fall and our 1st destination rest stop there, from there its left Through the Loop to the Ghost Town # 1 our Scary snack stop...

Watch the Ghosts make things move all on their own and smash things while we eat our snacks of Halloween Candy.. DO NOT FEED THE GHOSTS.. especially candy, they really get hyper...

I have been informed that Jeremiah Write will be giving a sermon to any and all spirits from the rooftop of the Dining Hall on this weekend,

It will sound like the following:


Returnig to the ramp load up and head for Ghosting #2 site(s)..

On the way to Hurting Plenty Park there is a diversion into Johnsonville Ghost Town (you will see Ghost kayaks mysteriously floating above your cars there, thay may even levitate your cars if the ghosts want to)..

The Caretaker below will be sitting on the front porch to ROMANTICALLY saranade ya:

DO NOT under any circumstances make snorting noises with your nose

or get on all fours ! We will run to our cars and leave you there to fend for yourself and won't even bother to take pictures.


Getting to the boat ramp :

The best way to get to this PUT IN location (SALMON COVE) is by using the same directions to GOODSPEED OPRAH HOUSE.

For GPS use apx # 117 East Haddam Moodus Road, East Haddam,

The Meetup* Place location Map link above is correct for a visual map.

From Hartford:

take I-91 south: take Exit 22s. (left hand exit) = Route 9 South ,

take Exit 7, (rte 82 to the Goodspeed Oprah House).

At the end of the exit ramp take a left onto Middlesex tpk=rte 154 for a few hundred feet then back onto rte 82 east, cross the river and pass the oprah house and slow down.

Take a sharp left onto rte 149 at the Gelston House.

Be Careful at this intersection.

The State boat ramp sign and road is 1 mile north of the left after you turned from the Opra House to the North..


THE Pot Luck Barbie-Q AFTER PARTY is at -----> Hurd of PLENTY Spirits STATE Park

I WILL LOAD THE GRILL , SOME FOOD. and some fire place wood, if you have some scrap wood, bring it too.


Directions to Hurting Plenty State Park after party location from the boat ramp------> as we leave the boat ramp area:

From Boat ramp Road,

GPS approximate # 50 Hurd Park Rd, East Haddam

Take a left onto rte 149 North Go to:

(Our Diversion is take the Left FORK onto *JOHNSONVILLE Brat ROAD* shortly after you are heading North Miles about 1 mile from the ramp) Stop near the Waterfall on the town road side.

Then we get back on track by taking a left onto rte 196 North.

Branch Left onto rte 151 on the next fork.

Keep going untill you reach the traffic lighted intersection of 151/Hog Hill Road/Hurd Park Road,

Take a sharp left onto "Hurd Park Road", go apx 0.75 miles then the main park entrance is on the right,

Follow the paved road in for apx 0.75 miles then there is a sign that says "BALL" field and SHELTER,

take that right and go to end,

we will be at the shelter at one of the Big fireplaces.

..BRING SOME WOOD..YOUR CHAIRS, ....bugg juice and food..



The following Kayaks with paddles and life jackets are available for the put in site if reserved in advance:

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 again, 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 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 get a GPS, or a GPS with traffic data is even better.

Boat use Doughnation is $20.00.

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

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

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.


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.


KAYAK #5: Wood Cedar Strip Night Heron by Guillemot Kayaks, Fixed Skeg 18' @ 20" wide.

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

Greenland style Paddle available also if specifically REQUESTED. .

Medium Sized Paddler (apx 100 - 200 Lbs) with NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE and up skills.


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.


Ok I wish you all a good day..


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  • colleen q

    I had a great time with a nice bunch of people.

    September 30, 2012


    Thanks to everyone that came out on this cloudy day and making it another good event.
    Those that did not make it:
    You would not have liked it ;-)
    We seen the GHOSTS have been disassembling both towns and soon it will be a just memory in our minds. The Pot Luck & Fire were a welcoming part of the event also, Yes the DEP Cops visited us later in the evening, We are becoming FAMOUS <----- !

    September 30, 2012

  • Melissa

    For a drizzly, cloudy day it was a perfect 10.

    September 30, 2012

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