• Sat., June 22 - Walk the Cape Cod Rail Trail, Dennis

    Cape Cod Rail to Trail trailhead

    Beginning at Rt. 134, we'll walk east, doing a 2 1/2 miles round trip on the trail, turning back at the mid-point at Depot St. You can keep going and extend the walk for as long as you want. It's a Saturday, so there may be lots of walkers and bikers. As with all walks, there needs to be 4 people signed up for the walk to happen. Guests are welcome on all walks. DIRECTIONS: The South Dennis trailhead parking area is located on Route 134, just below Route 6. Take Exit 9A and drive south on Route 134 about 1/2 mile. Pass Patriots Square/Stop & Shop, Cumberland Farms, Mid-Cape Home Center, Theophilus Smith Rd. See Breakway/Hall Oil is on the right. Drive under the rail trail bridge and turn left at the sign that says Nickerson State Park. We'll meet at the beginning of the very long, narrow parking lot, where there should be fewest cars (most people drive towards the far end of the lot.) Check the map. Link is next to the address.

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  • Thurs., June 20 - Walk Old Colony Rail Trail, Harwich

    Maggie and the others who did this walk during the "winter season" will lead this walk. Meet in the parking lot, which is just behind/north of the gazebo at the corner of Oak St. and Main St. (Rt 39). They will lead us west on the Old Colony Rail Trail over to the circle/roundabout where the Old Colony RT meets the Cape Cod RT....or perhaps to the dirt road that goes up to/over to/around/or somewhere near that roundabout : ) Google maps shows this as 1 mile from Brooks Park to the roundabout, so it might be a 2 mile or 2 1/2 mile round trip, using the dirt road.

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  • Kayak - Paddle craft safety class

    Dennis Police Department

    This is a FREE Paddle Craft Safety Class presented by Steve Smith, a member of the Auxiliary of the US Coast Guard and a member of our group. The class is from 6:00 to 8:00 PM next Wednesday, June 19, at the Dennis Police Department, just off exit 9 Mid-Cape Highway, Rt. 6. The class will cover: Purchasing a Kayak, Basic Paddle Craft Equipment, Life Jackets, Legal Requirements, Planning Your Outing, Securing Boat To Your Vehicle, At Water’s Edge, On The Water, Make Yourself Visible, Situational Awareness, Emergencies, Don’t Lose Your Paddle Craft, Hypothermia and More. ALL ARE WELCOME. You can post questions or comments here for Steve.

  • Tues., June 18 - WALK Indian Lands Conservation Area, Dennis

    Indian Lands Conservation Area

    This beautiful conservation land has heavily wooded trails with the paved CC Rail Trail on one edge. Trails take us to Bass River with lots of water views along the way. Usually, we take the trails to the river and come back on the CCRT, If it rains on Tuesday and if I have not postponed tomorrow's paddle to Wednesday, then this walk will be postponed to Wednesday. If fewer than 3 people sign up, we will touch base by phone before 8:00 AM on Tuesday. We will exchange numbers in a message/email. Guests are always welcome on walks. We'll walk for about one hour and aim to walk about 3 miles. Dogs are welcome on all of our walks. Check the map link found next to the location address.

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  • POSSIBLE HIGH WINDS POSTPONE THIS PADDLE -Paddle Chase Garden Creek

    Bass Hole (Gray's Beach )

    Not only is this a beautiful paddle, Chase Garden Creek (Grey's Beach / Bass Hole) has a huge, paved parking lot that NEVER requires parking stickers. There are restrooms, a beach and a long boardwalk going out over the marsh...and 5 or 6 active Osprey nests. The spring weather has been so crappy, with frequent high winds and rain, that posting a paddle within the upcoming week probably makes sense. The long-range forecast for Sunday looks OK, so far. There always needs to be 4 members signed up for a paddle for that paddle to happen. Our usual paddle in the past has been the southern section of the creek (White's Brook), but there is an eastern section of Chase Garden Creek which takes us farther away from the weekend shooting at the nearby gun club. We'll choose one of those routes. High tide in Barnstable Harbor is 11:34 AM, so we may see a low spot or two, but we will have enough water all the way up the creek and more on the way back. There is no place to take a break. The launch area is flanked on the left by a long boardwalk, where people go to see the sunset and the gorgeous views of Cape Cod Bay and a beach area on the right. There is usually an active osprey nest next to the boardwalk. DIRECTIONS: From Rt.6, the Mid-Cape Highway, take exit 8 and go NORTH on Union St. to Rt 6A. Cross 6A, by going a tiny bit left to the left of a gas station to get on Old Church St. (If you miss that and are on 6A heading west, take the next right on Playground and head north...it will join Old Church St.) About 0.3 mile up Old Church from 6A, bear right at the stop sign onto Center St. Go 0.5 mile on Center and at the T, take a left to stay on Center and drive until you see the parking lot. Go BEYOND the parking lot and see the ramp just before the boardwalk. Unload your gear and park your car in the lot. We leave the launch by 10:00. All paddles are for experienced and energetic paddlers. This is not a place to "get experience on the water"...you need that experience before paddling with this group. No guests on paddles.

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  • Wed., JUNE 12 - 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. "In season", parking at the ramp is by sticker only and there is sticker-only parking on the road leading to the ramp. This will be our last chance at a spring Mashpee River paddle. The 9:38 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 swans and some birds along the shoreline, plus 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 is rescheduled from June 11. 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.

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  • POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 - Paddle Mashpee River, Mashpee

    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.

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  • Mon., June 10 - WALK Cape Cod Rail Trail from Station Ave.,Yarmouth

    Cape Cod Rail Trail parking lot

    We'll meet in the parking lot of the CCRT on Station Ave. in Yarmouth and walk as far as N. Main. We'll walk about 3 miles round trip (one hour). There is a parking lot next to the bridge that goes over Station Ave, adjacent to the Stop and Shop and across from CVS. It has 97 parking spaces. The walk to the east is quite pretty, surrounded by trees and completely shaded. Or, we can take a quick side trip off the trail to Flax Pond, a Yarmouth public pond. Your choice. DIRECTIONS: The parking lot is next to the bridge over Station Ave. in Yarmouth, which is just south of White's Path and Exit 8 of the Mid-Cape. It's next to the Stop and Shop plaza. Check the map linked to the address above.

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