Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Taste of Things to Come

Happy Birthday, America (one day late)! We spent the weekend with family and friends, so we didn't get a chance to kayak or bike. That's okay...we're looking forward to two upcoming trips. One is on a salt marsh on the New Hampshire seacoast and the other is on the Contoocook River in Concord. I'm also hoping to take a guided riverwalk in Nashua on July 12th.
Here are a few activities on our calendar:

Salt Marsh Exploration: We signed up for a guided paddle on July 10th with the Great Bay Discovery Center, located in Greenland. We've never done any sea kayaking before, but this is listed as an easy paddle, and of course, it's in a salt marsh, not on the open ocean. This trip is booked solid, but check out the Great Bay Discovery Center for more paddling opportunities. And be sure to check back for our trip report.

Contoocook River: We're joining members of the East Hampstead Meet Up Kayaking Group for this excursion on the Contoocook River. We'll be shuttled to the put-in by the Contoocook River Canoe Company and then make our way back to our vehicles in a leisurely 5-hour paddle, including lunch and swimming. You can do the same even if you don't own a canoe or kayak, since they rent them here. Check out the website for more details.

Riverfront Walking Tour in Nashua: I'm hoping to sign up for this 1.6 mile walk on July 12th with Nashua Community Development Director Kathy Hirsch. It's sponsored by the Nashua River Watershed Association and sounds like it will offer some interesting history as well as a look at the City of Nashua's vision for the waterfront. See NRWA for more details.

After a cool, rainy spell that left us all a little stir crazy and cranky, we've now had two beautiful summer days. Let's hope it continues and I didn't just jinx us! By the way, if you've been out on the water or you're exploring New Hampshire outdoors in other ways, why don't you drop us a line and let us know what you've found?


The Former PK said...

Hey Lucie! Enjoy the Contoocook! We paddle that route a lot and love it. Lots of nature, serenity and wildlife! Hopefully the river won't be too crowded with motor boats the day you go. It's usually not.

I'm also interested to hear about the sea kayaking experience!!

We are going up to Squam Lake this weekend for a paddle-to Moon Island camping trip. I'll definitely be blogging about it and I can write a little write up for your blog too if you'd like ...

The Former PK said...

PS - Keep your fingers crossed for good weather this weekend!!!!

Lucie said...

The Former PK,
We would love to hear about your paddle to Moon Island on Squam Lake. Please be sure to write and we'll post it here.

Seems like a good time to mention that NH Love It or Leaf It is open to any guest bloggers who are exploring and enjoying the state's outdoors. I hope to reinstall our "Contact Us" link soon, but for now, please contact us through the Comments section if you're interested in writing for the blog.