What we're about

Paddles are on the beautiful rivers, creeks and marshes of Cape Cod, from Sandwich to Eastham and will be less than 3 hours long. Walks are in scenic areas from Barnstable to Provincetown and usually won't be over about 1 hour...and are always for you and your best canine friend.

Paddles are meant for experienced, energetic paddlers who want to, and are able to, keep up a good rate of speed for three hours (about 3.6 mph). You can join to only walk with us, but if you are not already a strong paddler who can keep up a good rate of speed, you can not RSVP for any paddles. Adults only.

Due to the terrain surrounding the water I choose to paddle on, we frequently are not able to take a break in the paddle, so you need to plan on being in your boat for the whole trip.

On most trips, you'll see no attempt to paddle with the current....my only concern is that we'll have enough water all the way out and back.

If you are a "No Show" for 2 events, you are automatically dropped from the group.

If strong wind or rain forces a cancellation, I'll post it on the page of that event, and will have emailed everyone who RSVP'd "yes" to that event the evening before a cancelled paddle. If you are vacationing on the Cape and don't have easy access to your email, make sure I have your phone number.

We will kayak twice a week and walk once a week from about mid-May until late September or early October.

I paddle in Florida October through April, but will have events posted for May starting in early April.

In order to join the group, you must read the AWRL below. Then, when answering the required profile questions, you must say that you agree to the following AWRL. Each family member, each partner, each friend is going to have to join him or herself, so that they can read and agree to the waiver themselves. A waiver agreed to by one person can not legally cover guests who come to a paddle with that person....therefore, there are NEVER ANY guests on paddles.

Guests are always welcome on walks.

ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY (AWRL)

By reading this or participating in an event, I certify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently prepared for participation in this event. I acknowledge that this athletic event carries with it the potential for death, serious injury and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of athletes, lack of hydration, equipment, vehicular traffic, and actions of other people including, but not limited to, event participants. I hereby assume all of the risks of participating in this MEETUP.COM event.

On consideration of my interest and permitting me to participate in this event, I hereby take action for myself and my executors to (A) Waive, Release and Discharge from any and all liability for my death, disability, personal injury or property damage that may occur to me during the event, or while traveling to and from this event, the following: Joyce Leary; (B) Indemnify and Hold Harmless Joyce Leary from any and all liabilities or claims made by other individuals as a result of any of my actions during this event.

I hereby consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and /or illness during events.

I acknowledge that this Accident Waiver and Release of Liability form will be used by the organizers of the event in which I participate and that it will govern my actions and responsibilities at said events. It is further agreed that this waiver, release and assumption of risk is to be binding on my heirs and assigns. This AWRL shall be construed broadly to provide a release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law. By joining this group, and electing to attend an event, I affirm that I have read and understand the AWRL. I will also affirm that I read and agreed to this waiver by answering a question on my Profile.

Upcoming events (5+)

Tues., May 28 - Paddle Follins Pond into Mill Pond

Dennis town landing .

We need 4 people signed up for a paddle to happen....and gentle winds. We launch into Follins Pond, a 273 acre body of water at the north end of Bass River, and paddle across part of Follins Pond to a culvert (pictured above) that brings us into Mill Pond. Follins Pond is one of the few paddles where we see lots of houses, including mine. Mill Pond is much prettier...almost no houses and usually, lots of birds. To get through the culvert, there has to be no flow against you to allow you to move your boat with your hands on the ceiling and sides of the culvert...or we could be moved through on a current. We will spend about 45 - 60 minutes on Mill Pod, so that there is no significant flow against us on the return trip. The timing for BOTH directions through the culvert is critical. Ideally, we should be at the culvert about 1 3/4 hours after the high tide at the mouth of Bass River in South Yarmouth (8:18 AM today) We launch from the Follins Pond Rd IN DENNIS, OFF MAYFAIR Rd. (avoid Follins Bay Rd., off of Mayfair Rd. Avoid Follins Pond Rd. in Yarmouth, off Setucket Rd.) It is an excellent public launch at the end of Follins Pond Rd..... ample parking, no sticker required and a very easy launch. Using your GPS, enter FOLLINS POND RD, DENNIS. DIRECTIONS TO THE DENNIS LOCATION: From Rt 6, coming from the west, take Ex 8. Go south on Station Ave a few hundred feet to the stop light. Go left onto Whites Path; drive 1.5mile. Take left at the stop sign onto N.Main which becomes N.Dennis Rd and go 1.8 mile to the first stop sign at a wide open intersection. Go right onto Setucket, pass 4 streets on the right and then take the fork to the right to get on Mayfair Rd. After the fork, Follins Pond Rd. is the 14th street on your right and is just under 1 mile from the fork. Coming from the east on Rt 6, it would be shorter to get off at Exit 9, Rt. 134, and go north on 134 a short distance to a stop light & the Dennis police station. Take left there and go one block. Take right on Old Bass River and go north a short distance (maybe 4 streets). Take left onto Mayfair Rd at the "Mayfair Boat Yard" sign on the white arrow on your left. Drive Mayfair Rd., passing Follins Bay Rd and Norseman's Beach and take the next left on Follins Pond Rd. (avoid Follins Bay, but you want Follins Pond) LOOK AT THE MAP THAT YOU CAN CLICK ON.

Sat., June 1 - Paddle Quivett Creek, Brewster

Paines Creek Landing and Beach

We can only park at Paines Creek Beach prior to June 15 and after Labor Day. Also, high tide in Barnstable Harbor needs to be between 30 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes AFTER we launch (so that we can get back up the last 200' prior to the landing) There is a high tide in Barnstable Harbor at 10:46 AM today. If weather forces a cancellation today, we can paddle on May 31 WITH A LAUNCH AT 9:30 AM. Fewer than 3 people signing up for a paddle will cause it to be cancelled. Am posting this paddle also on June 14, with a 9:00 AM launch. We'll paddle from Paines Creek Beach and hug the shore going west to the mouth of Quivett Creek. As we make our way up this wonderful creek, we'll be surrounded by extensive marsh. As the season progresses, the reeds/grasses usually close in over the upper creek and make the passage very narrow, but in May, we should be able to make it to the Sea St. foot bridge. Even though the vast majority of the paddle is in protected water in the marsh, the paddle from the launch to the mouth of the creek is wide open. If the wind is out of the north, water is splashed over the side of the kayak. Many of us don't own spray skirts, so winds over about 13 mph will cancel this paddle and move it to May 31. LIKE ALL OUR PADDLES, THIS PADDLE IS ONLY FOR EXPERIENCED AND ENERGETIC PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE KAYAKING. No guests on paddles ever. DIRECTIONS: From US 6, take exit 9 and go north on Rt 134 to Rt 6A. Go right on 6A and drive east for 2.75 miles...bear left at a fork onto Lower Rd. Drive 0.2 mile and turn left onto Paines Creek Rd and go about 0.7 mile to the parking lot. We launch PRIOR to the barricades, on the left...there is a small, paved, downward sloping ramp to the water that is not obvious as you approach it.

Tues., June 11 - Paddle Mashpee River, Mashpee

Mashpee Town Landing

This is a gorgeous paddle, end to end, but parking is only possible prior to June 15 and after Labor Day. Parking at the ramp is by sticker only and there is no parking on the road leading to the ramp. This will one of two spring Mashpee River paddles. The 8:35 AM high tide in Poponessett Bay should let us get almost to the end of the river. We paddle through the Mashpee Woodlands Conservation Area, perhaps seeing some birds along the shoreline and always osprey overhead. It is a beautiful paddle. DIRECTIONS: Meet at the town landing at the end of Mashpee Neck Rd. From US 6, take exit 5. Drive south on MA 149, and then turn right onto MA 28 north. Go 3.5 miles and turn left onto Orchard Road. Drive another 0.5 mile and turn right onto Quinaquisset Ave. A quick left will take you onto Mashpee Neck Rd; it’s 1.5 miles to the town landing parking area...at the very end of the road. Do not be tempted to take a right prior to the end of the road. We are in the water and moving by 10:00 AM. Cancellation forced by weather will be posted the night before and I will email all who have RSVPd. This paddle will be rescheduled to June 12 (HT at 9:38 AM) All paddles need at least 3 people to sign up and try to provide aerobic exercise and are for experienced and energetic kayakers. Guests are always welcome on walks, but not on paddles.

Fri., June 14 - Paddle Quivett Creek EARLY LAUNCH 9:00 am

Paines Creek Landing and Beach

We can only park at Paines Creek Beach prior to June 15 and after Labor Day. Also, high tide in Barnstable Harbor needs to be between 30 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes AFTER we launch (so that we can get back up the last 200' prior to the landing) There is a high tide in Barnstable Harbor at 9:47 AM today, so we need to launch early. Fewer than 3 people signing up for a paddle will cause it to be cancelled. Am posting this paddle also on June 1. We'll paddle from Paines Creek Beach and hug the shore going west to the mouth of Quivett Creek. As we make our way up this wonderful creek, we'll be surrounded by extensive marsh. As the season progresses, the reeds/grasses usually close in over the upper creek and make the passage very narrow, but in May, we should be able to make it to the Sea St. foot bridge. Even though the vast majority of the paddle is in protected water in the marsh, the paddle from the launch to the mouth of the creek is wide open. If the wind is out of the north, water is splashed over the side of the kayak. Many of us don't own spray skirts, so winds over about 13 mph will cancel this paddle. If rain or wind forces a cancellation today, we have no option for rescheduling it. LIKE ALL OUR PADDLES, THIS PADDLE IS ONLY FOR EXPERIENCED AND ENERGETIC PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE KAYAKING. No guests on paddles ever. DIRECTIONS: From US 6, take exit 9 and go north on Rt 134 to Rt 6A. Go right on 6A and drive east for 2.75 miles...bear left at a fork onto Lower Rd. Drive 0.2 mile and turn left onto Paines Creek Rd and go about 0.7 mile to the parking lot. We launch PRIOR to the barricades, on the left...there is a small, paved, downward sloping ramp to the water that is not obvious as you approach it.

Past events (555)

Thurs., May 23, 2019 - WALK Chapin Beach, Dennis

Chapin Beach

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