Prud’homme to talk about paddling trip

TREMONT — Emily Prud’homme will describe her eight-day sea kayaking trip in the Gulf of California on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library at Pacific Hall.

Last fall, Prud’homme joined friends on an eight-day sea kayaking trip in the Gulf of California. They paddled through the Loreto National Marine Park around the islands of Danzante, Carmen and Coronados, carrying all their food, water, and equipment for seven nights of camping on beaches. Their ambitious itinerary had them paddling most of each day in order to reach the designated campsite, but they took breaks for meals, exploring arroyos and snorkeling.

The arid desert landscape contrasts with the rich marine life along the shores. They sighted many kinds of fish, a few eels and turtles, a spouting whale in the distance, and they paddled past a colony of sea lions. They watched birds enjoying this bounty of fish all day long, with pelicans, gulls and cormorants as near constant shoreline companions. Ospreys, ravens, magnificent frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies were also among the avian life.

Prud’homme has been visiting Mount Desert Island in summers all her life, and began exploring the seas in an old dinghy, canoes, and eventually, sea kayaks. She is a seasonal park ranger, working in education and interpretation for the past two summers in Acadia.

Contact the library at 244-3798 or [email protected].

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