Thanks to Lloyd for checking Chickie. Sad to hear she’s not ready yet; it’s been quite a while since we’ve enjoyed baked beans on the beach and burned our lips on boiling hot chocolate. But Damariscotta Lake is nearly there. Surface grade 9.9, thickness 2″ of hard grey ice twenty feet from shore, no open water in sight. Will be fine tomorrow or the next day.
Ramp needs plowing and sanding, but we’ll take care of that. It’s your CIBC dues at work.
But, one of the great un-sailed lakes of Maine is offering us 2.5″ (today) of a similar surface: Lake Cobbosseeconte, just SW of Augusta. Should be an easy three by morning. Predicted SW breeze will be light, but blow straight up the lake.
Launch at public boat ramp off Rt. 135 at E. Monmouth in the SW corner of the lake. Extent of scouting has been unconfirmed, so this will need careful inspection before reckless abandon.