DOUG SPALDING LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
This is one of the easy canoe/kayak trips I'll tell you about over the summer. To me, small boats are a perfect way to enjoy the out of the way places in Maine. i hope you'll enjoy reading about these short trips and decide to try them yourself some time.
By 6:30 Tuesday morning I was on Alder Stream in Corinna.
I'd forgotten that the dam was partially washed a while back and the water was
lower than usual. Since my canoe only draws about 4 inches of water I decided to
paddle the stream anyway. If you
take the Alder Stream trip be sure to watch for rocks in this glacial waterway.
as soon as I began paddling an immature bald eagle flew over, chased by a pair
of crows. Not long after that there
were crows being harassed by red-winged blackbirds as a pair of loons swam
nearby. Along the edges of the stream frolicked a myriad of sandpipers, taking
advantage of the low water to catch some breakfast. Lesser yellowlegs, another
shorebird, also searched along the waterís edge. Keening overhead were
kingfishers and osprey. Mallard ducks swam ahead of my canoe as I worked my way
upstream. There was a beaver house under repair, but I didnít get to see the
beavers this time. The sound of Pileated woodpeckers echoed over the water. Off
in the distance could be heard vehicles on the highways. It was easy to tune
those out and just listen to the sounds of nature and enjoy the reflections of
the trees on the water.
a half hour into the trip, as the water neared 3 inches deep, the 12-foot wide
granite block bridge over the Exeter Road came into view. Thinking that might
well be the end of the stream today I paddled as close to it as possible, so as
to admire the workmanship of the bridge. I was pleased to find enough water so I
could pass under the road and continue upstream. It was another 45 minutes
before the stream finally shallowed up enough that I would have had to get out
and portage over the gravel bar. Since May has traditionally coolish water , and
since the air temperature was only 43įs
I decided to turn around and head back. A brisk breeze picked up and blew in the
same direction as I was going. A rare enough treat when the wind almost always
blows in the opposite direction from where one tries to paddle.
trip back to the car was quicker than the trip upstream, the entire trip taking
about 2 hours. I find that leaving the vehicle and paddling upstream is a good
way to see new territory without the inconvenience of having to leave a second
car at the end point. I travel upstream until I'm tired or time gets short and
then ride the gentle currents back to the start point.
Directions to Alder Stream:
From Corinna village, travel east on Rt 222 towards Newport. About ĺ of a mile on that road brings you to the sharp right-hand curve where the Smith Road leaves Rt 222 on your left. Turn left into the small town park and leave your vehicle there. Enter the water on the right-hand side of the stony beach. The left side is muddy and rocky.
As always, remember to be courteous to neighbors nearby where you launch. Take your personal flotation device, water and snacks enough for the trip, a change of clothing, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Plan for weather changes and have enough clothing for dropping temperatures and wind or rain. Leave your valuables at home or take them in the boat with you, stored in a watertight bag. I prefer to take only the essentials and leave the expensive things at home. Unfortunately there are people who target vehicles left on the roadside so donít tempt thieves or fate by leaving things to steal.
Enjoy your paddling-see you on the water
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