A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Kayaking

Rec boating on Lake Potanipo

September 3, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 20, 2018

Labor Day, the last day of summer, ninety degrees, sunny, and we hadn’t yet been paddling this summer. “Let’s go kayaking this afternoon,” I said as we sat down for lunch, “just a quick dip.” “It takes us two hours to pack,” Tyson complained, “an hour to drive anywhere, and two hours to clean up […]

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Tybee Creek Waves

November 25, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated December 29, 2017

There is a large sand bar at the mouth of Tybee Creek. The sandbar and 60F warm ocean water were what attracted us to Tybee Island. Prior to hurricane Mathew in 2016, the sand bar was an extension of the beach. People would walk out at low tide and then get stranded as the tide […]

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Up and back Jack’s Cut

November 24, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated December 19, 2017

We had achieved three of our goals for the trip: turkey, dolphins, and surfing for my parents. Isaac still wanted to paddle my Mom’s skin on frame kayak, and Tyson and Isaac wanted to surf. Friday’s weather looked good for Isaac to paddle Grandma’s skin on frame. We needed somewhere protected but interesting. The small, […]

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Tybee Rough Water Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated November 29, 2017

Thursday morning at Tybee was raining and 55F. Magic seaweed predicted 2.5′ waves at 9 seconds with 10 to 18 mph winds from the northeast. Rough conditions, but with the wind onshore and high tide mid-morning, we decided the sandbar at the mouth of Tybee Creek was a safe play spot.

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Surf the new Rebels at Seabrook

October 1, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated October 11, 2017

On their own, my parents are flat water paddlers. When they visit, I push them to play in ocean waves. This time I also wanted to demonstrate what their new kayaks could do. Magic Seaweed predicted 1 to 2 foot waves with 9 to 10 second period at Hampton Beach. Just right for a beginner […]

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New Rebel Greenland Kayaks with Cheri and Turner

September 30, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated August 11, 2018

It was raining down in Connecticut, pouring really. And a few bolts of cloud to cloud lightning flashed above New London. But this was the day Cheri and Turner had chosen to demo the Rebel kayaks. My Mom had just bought the smallest of the Rebel Greenland line — the Naja, almost an exact replica […]

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Surfing at Jenness Beach

September 24, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated September 25, 2017

It’s fall and the tropical storms are passing by New England. Jose left us with sunny skies, 2-3 foot swell, 80 degree air, and warm water. A great day for surfing. The parking lot at Jenness Beach was packed, and the water was carpeted with black neoprene. We drove past the beach to Rye Harbor. […]

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Getting Isaac Back to Kayaking

August 13, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated September 7, 2017

“Mom,” Isaac said, “I don’t want to go kayaking in Maine.” He had been asking to go all spring. “But” I said, “what about the big waves?” What about my dreams to taste salt spray again? He frowned sadly, “I don’t like kayaking.” We had overdone it. Safety first had driven all pleasant thoughts of […]

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