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Another sign that summer is here

At last we dragged our canoe from the basement down to its spot by the Annisquam River. It was high tide so we went around the island which can't be done from mid-tide on down because of sand and reeds since it is a tidal marsh. The tidal difference is 8 - 12 feet here - usually around 10 ft as it was today.

It was exceptionally windy. We first headed with the wind and then came around the backside of the island against the wind. The only way to make any progress was to head directly into the wind because otherwise the sidewards thrust on the canoe was too much. This meant going through some of the reeds which sometimes are too shallow to paddle through. At least the reeds offered a chance for occasional rest without losing ground.