Fall and Spring Projects.

The Knubble Bay Committee will be out in force the first full weekend in April opening the cabin up for the season. Some of the items on the list are of course weather dependent. Snow is just starting to melt around here with no solid guarantee we wont get more before spring finally takes hold.  Still, work is planned out on Beal Island and around the cabin exterior as well as improvements on the interior.

One of the committee members has built a new table for the dinning area. I’m told it will seat plenty of people. We’ll find out how many next weekend.  We’ll also finish up some tile work that was started last fall.

Speaking of last fall, some major cabins upgrades were accomplished last October.  The wood shed was finished, the afore mentioned tile project was started and the new well was christened. The well and the deck that surrounds it are major improvements. We have installed a better pump and the whole thing is now on the same level as the kitchen. If you’ve stayed at the cabin before you’ll understand just how nice this is compared to the old well and pump.

If you’ve not stayed at the cabin now would be a great time to book a visit.  After the winter Maine’s had, it’s going to be a glorious summer. We deserve it.

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Testing the first cup of water drawn from the new well.

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Our crack tile crew.

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The finished woodshed and our deck crew hard at work.

 

Beal Island and Two of my Favorite Trips

Beal Island: this island has it all. Located on the Sasanoa River on the North end of Knubble Bay, it has a camping capacity for 30 people. There is a great landing area on a beach at the Southern end. It is 64 acres and has a trail that circumnavigates. Some of the highlights of the hike include Hell’s Gate to the East, Little Gate to the West, bald eagles, and ospreys. The beach has a fire ring for camp fires, and tables to cook on. Beal makes a perfect “home base” to explore mid coast Maine.

When considering the next day’s paddle, the first thing to do is check the tides. If it is flooding at departure time, go North. If it is ebbing, go South. My favorite trip North is into Montsweag Bay. Leaving the beach, I like to paddle on the West side of Beal into Little Gate. Here there are several elements to play in. Eddy lines and eddys are numerous, and give the paddler a good test of his skill. In Lower Hell’s Gate, on the East side, there is only one main attraction, and that is the eddy line at White Point. It is either a true test of skill or a good place to learn and practice different paddle strokes. No place for beginners, this has a rip that can exceed 5 knots, so if you decide on this rout, beware.

Passing Webber Island to the right, we enter Hockomock Bay. There are a lot of interesting little islands in this bay. Castle, Peggy’s, and Little Bare are MITA islands that can be visited if you are a member, but all of the bay has lots of interesting places to explore.

Bearing to the East of Phipps Point we enter Montsweag Bay. Some interesting places. Here are Oak island and Chewonki Neck. At Chewonki, we usually turn around and head back to Beal. Depending on how much exploring we do, this trip can be 10-14 miles and is a good day’s paddle.

My favorite southerly trip is to Ried State Park. Leaving the beach, we head South past the AMC camp and the knubble. Heading slightly Eastward, we enter Goose Rocks Passage. Use caution here, as the current is swift. At the red nun #4 head South down the shortest river in Maine, the Little Sheepscott, about a mile long. We now come out to the Sheepscot River just south of Macmahan Island and follow the shoreline until we come to Five Islands our favorite bio break spot. Five Islands is a charming little Maine community with weathered shingle houses, fishing boats, and places to take pictures and if you want, eat lobster.

Continuing on, we come to open ocean. Caution is needed here due to swells that come in and can hit the shallow water (depending on the tide) and break on the unsuspecting paddler causing a yard sale effect, that can be serious. When we see Outer Head, we look for a place to land. These landings can be fun, and I have seen yard sales here too. Ried State Park has beautiful beaches, bathrooms, and snack bar, ( in open season) and is a favorite lunch spot.

On the return back to Beal, it is fun to take a slightly different route, and go outside Macmahan Island. As we round Northeast Point, there is a small but beautiful little cove that is good for bio breaks and picture taking. Then, it is back through Goose Rocks, into Knubble Bay, and once again landing on the beach at Beal. This trip is about 15 miles, and another great day on the mid coast of Maine.

Pierre B Erhard
MCA Professional Arborist
Member ASCA

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Sea kayaking out of the AMC Knubble Bay cabin. A trip through the Five Island area.

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A fall Paddle into Hockomock Bay in mid-coast Maine

Photography: Bill Thomas

Maine’s Most Delightful State Parks

May 17, 2013

Just down the road from Knubble Bay is, in my opinion, one of Maine’s most delightful state parks. The beautiful drive to the park alone would be worth the effort, but once you get there you’ll find a near perfect blend of rocky coastline, sand beaches and trails that wind through the maritime forest that border the Little River. Don’t ignore this gem on stormy days either. If you think the weather might have you cabin bound for the day head down to Reid State Park for a hike. Stop by George Town Pottery on the way down then immerse yourself in the elements as you explore the park. It’s a quick trip back to the cabin and the warm stove if you need it. Cozy’s great but you’ve got to get out in the weather to appreciate it.  Of course if your stuck with a sunny day, that’d work to.

-Bill Thomas

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Wilderness First Aid Weekend

April 23, 2013

One of our most attended events each season is our Wilderness First Aid weekend.

Each year we’ve offered this 2-day class we have been full to capacity. Some of the participants are Knubble Bay committee members. but this year, as in past years the lions share of the participants were folks working in the outdoor industry or avid hikers and paddlers looking to improve their skills. Aaron Gorban who works with AMC and is an instructor for SOLO led the 16-hour course.  The days were intense but well balanced with a mix of classroom lectures and outdoor training. We scored with the weather, cool nights, great for sleeping in the cabin or tenting out and warmish sunny days. Knubble Bay committee members did the cooking. A few folks from our group also took advantage of the weather (and food) and built a new woodshed. We’ll do it again next year. Well, not the woodshed part.

-Bill Thomas

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Knubble Bay in the Winter

March 1, 2013

It’s not often that I get to stop by the cabin in the winter. A few days ago I found myself running up to Camden Maine to pick up some boat parts. My route took me pretty close to the cabin so I swung by for a visit. It was a stunning blue sky day, still and quite. The cabin was so peaceful. It seemed almost to be resting from a long summer of activity.  And it seemed almost ready to welcome us all back again this spring.

-Bill Thomas

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