Short days, but lots of miles

The sun set as we paddled in the northern part of Lake Champlain.

The sun set as we paddled in the northern part of Lake Champlain.

It was a little discouraging to realize that it was only 5:00 p.m. yesterday when it started getting dark. We still have hundreds of miles to paddle to get to Washington D.C., but the days are getting shorter and shorter. We usually try not to paddle at night, but with such short days we think that we may have to start paddling in the dark more if we are going to make it to Washington D.C. We are trying to figure out the best way to plan our day. Should we get up really early and start paddling before the sun rises, or would it be better to travel later in the evening after the sun goes down? Maybe you think it is too dangerous to paddle at night and we should avoid it all together.

We are not sure what to do. Please send us your suggestions. How should we structure our day so that we can paddle as far as we have to with a very limited amount of daylight? Is there any special equipment that we should have with us if plan to be on the water when it is dark?

We look forward to your suggestions.

Keep Exploring!

Dave

6 Comments

  1. shawn hofer
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    While daylight savings time is here there’s light in the early morning i would stand up on 6:00 and get paddling.

  2. Elizabeth Beaver
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Our students suggested using a flashlight at night. They also suggested using a lantern if you have one and to paddle on clear nights. Good luck on your trip. We are awaiting for news to see what you chose to do.
    From Mrs. Beaver’s class at Sweetwater High School

  3. Asa
    Posted November 10, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    You should get up early and start paddling down and maybe try to go faster. And could you really try to come to NewBrook school in Newfane, Vermont? If you do come can I sign your canoe?

    • Posted November 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Asa. We were so glad to visit NewBrook School! Sorry we didn’t bring the canoe with us.

  4. Eli H
    Posted November 10, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I think you guys should get up early and start paddling and paddle after the sun goes down.

  5. Posted November 10, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I think you should get up early in the morning and start paddling.

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