It took no time to pump up the boards and launch. Though our long fins mean we need to stay in deeper water than a kayak would, the bottom was easily visible. Sea star, barnicles and periwinkles dominated on the floor. But higher up it was jellyfish; moon jellies and lions mane; pulsing and rotating in the water. Enough jellyfish so at times it felt like I was paddling through an aquarium exhibit.
|shot from underwater|
There was also this fairly odd creature; which might be a plant or an animal. It was furled on the rock and looked like thin packing sheets of foam. When I looked closer it appear to be clear with rows of bubbles within. (The photo is not as clear as I'd hoped.) (I'm fortunate that Janet Gagnon from An Ocean Lover in Maine identified this as a tunicate, possibly a didemnum. Didemnum vexillum is an invasive also known by the unpleasant name, marine vomit. This particular variant seemed to be whiter and cleaner than other species. Since I haven't noticed it before, I think it is likely an invasive.
Ocean Lovers, and Maine Ocean Lovers in particular are missing out if they don't check out Janet's engaging blog.)
It was a lovely day, great temperature, not much wind. We paddled upwind first, the downwind.
We continued downwind, past the park, admiring the seaside cottages, visiting with a total of six kayakers out paddling as well. As it grew closer to lunch we headed back to the park.
Summary: Lamoine State Park Lots of parking, beach, picnic area, pit toilets, water. Camping available. Fee fpor entrance, additional fee to camp. Launch 9AM, low 10:15AM, finish was 11AM. Not a lot of miles, but an awful lot of fun.