We paddled by puffins on an overnight sea kayak trip in Muscongus Bay

For several years, I’ve led a Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society sea kayak trip from Round Pond to visit the puffins on Eastern Egg Rock in outer Muscongus Bay. The roundtrip voyage is an exacting 16-mile day trip. This year, I decided to explore an alternative itinerary that included camping overnight.

Following my research of options and a preliminary outing in eastern Muscongus Bay, I decided to launch from Bradford Point in Friendship. The actual distance to Eastern Egg and back is about 17 miles. However, paddling for multiple days provided for a more relaxed excursion. My plan was to kayak four miles to Black Island on the first day and explore and hike on nearby islands. On day two, we would complete the nine-mile round trip to Eastern Egg and decide whether or not to spend a second night on Black Island.

Paddlers pass Franklin Light on the return from Eastern Egg Rock.

In late June, I received confirmation from a club member who is working on Eastern Egg Rock for the National Audubon Society that the puffins had arrived on the island. After obtaining a quality three-day weather forecast, I announced a club trip and eight enthusiastic Chowderheads signed on.

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