A Family Adventure

Tyson, Emilie & Isaac


Goose Rocks Beach

September 8, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated September 11, 2019

We went kayaking at a new spot in Maine, Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. It’s just north of Cape Porpoise. In fact, we were planning to go to Cape Porpoise, but we discovered the tides were wrong for the causeway launch. Goose Rocks Beach was a good launch site. It may be too busy to […]

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Potanipo skills practice

August 25, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated August 28, 2019

We spent an afternoon at the local lake practicing our kayaking skills. Notes to see what we have improved next time we go out: Isaac failed his first combat wet exit, but then did his best practice wet exit yet. Emilie’s sculling brace is weak enough that Isaac can tip her over. Trudy, though, could […]

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Kayaking across Portsmouth harbor to Maine

July 21, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated July 24, 2019

It was my idea to paddle Portsmouth. Tyson said it would be too built up, but the MITA guide showed places to stop. I thought crossing the mouth of the Piscataqua River would challenge our family’s skills and endurance. We put in at Odiorne State Park and paddled out Little Harbor. Then came the crossing […]

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Trying out Isaac’s New Kayak in Essex Bay

July 13, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated July 17, 2019

We wanted to get out paddling, but Isaac worried he would tip over in his new kayak if we encountered waves. Tyson suggested we go to Essex Bay which is quite protected from ocean waves. We could stay behind the Crane Beach peninsula and paddle to Choate Island. We tried a different Essex Bay launch […]

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Isaac’s First Kayak

July 7, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated July 10, 2019

The last two years, Isaac has graduated from the tandem kayak to a solo kayak. His favorite boat so far is my mother’s skinny skin on frame, but even that is too big for him. So we ordered Isaac a custom built skin on frame from Turner Wilson at Kayak Ways. It took Turner a […]

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Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

June 25, 2019
John Phillips
updated July 3, 2019

My sister Ruth has a house in Bogue, North Carolina, and it had been far too long since we had visited her and her husband Andy. However, our ideas of “fun things to do” are pretty far from theirs. We came up with a visit schedule that worked for all of us. Each day we […]

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Review of Rebel Ilaga compared to Tahe Marine Greenland

Emilie Phillips
updated November 15, 2018

Johan Wirsén first designed a Greenland style kayak for Tahe Marine — the Tahe Marine Greenland. Then that design moved to Zegul, and now Johan is selling his kayak designs under the Rebel brand. The Rebel Ilaga is the closest to the original Tahe, so how similar is it? A few weeks ago, I had […]

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Long Weekend on Tybee Island

October 26, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated November 2, 2018

We flew to Tybee Island Georgia for an end of summer paddling trip. We’ve paddled Tybee two other times, once at Halloween and once at Thanksgiving. My parents provided all the kayaks. Isaac has learned to paddle his own boat, so we no longer needed a tandem. Isaac paddled my Mom’s skin on frame. Dad […]

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Sea kayaking is a wonderful sport. You can go for distance and see as much coastline as possible. You can go for adrenaline and surf waves or play in rocks. You can stare out into the endless blue horizon and meditate. We love all it’s facets.

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