A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

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July 18, 2009
Emilie Phillips

We paddled the Blackburn (20 miles) in 3 hours and fifty eight minutes! This was far beyond our wildest expectations. We showed up at a reasonable time for registration. And we got our boat pretty well packed before the captains meeting. The forecast wasn’t great, but it had improved enough that the race could go […]

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One more day

July 17, 2009
Emilie Phillips

We spent last night getting packed for the race tomorrow. Theoretically we have everything except food and water. As expected we were up a little bit late trying to sort stuff out. But that’s why we did it yesterday rather than today. Today we plan to go to bed early. We headed down to Charles […]

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To the sailboater who came by to check on us, thanks, but we were fine. To the other boat who was worried about us and called the coast guard, you could have just come asked us yourself. To the first coast guard boat, thanks for coming and checking up on us, we’re doing fine, and […]

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July 4th – no party

July 4, 2009
Emilie Phillips

The neighborhood holds a cookout and airplane rides and fun every July 4th. I was looking forward to the fun. But after Friday’s dismal performance paddling, we needed to go back out. This time we just went to Essex bay since it is closer. This time we set out without a goal to cover distance, […]

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Friday paddling

July 3, 2009
Emilie Phillips

Friday we took our day off to go paddling. We went to the southern portion of Cape Ann, what will be the last segment of the race. There weren’t many waves, but there was a bit of chop. The day started off badly with us putting in late and grumpy. Tyson complained that I was […]

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And so with the surf skis

June 25, 2009
Emilie Phillips

We took the afternoon off work and went to go paddle the rented surf skis in the ocean. The spot we chose is Ipswich Bay in MA. This area has a combination of a protected bay and easy access to the ocean. It also happens to have a couple sand bars that are good for […]

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Forward stroke

June 24, 2009
Emilie Phillips

Today we went down to Charles River Canoe and Kayak to rent some solo skinny tippy kayaks. It happened that there was a clinic being offered on the forward paddle stroke, so we signed up for that too. There was some confusion about which boats we were taking out, so for the clinic, Tyson got […]

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Revenge of the kayak

June 20, 2009
Emilie Phillips

We finally managed to do 20 miles in the kayak today. However it wasn’t all we had hoped for. We headed out from Portsmouth, NH going north along the Atlantic coast. The initial bit in the bay was fine, but once we got out to the unprotected coast, the waves started to be an issue. […]

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