Mother Superior & The Sliding Royales at Fury's!

Wednesday - 6/10: Mother Superior with Gretchen and the Pickpockets at Fury's Publick House. Will be a rockin' good time. C'mon out!!

Shango at the Dance Hall Kittery

6/26 - 7:30PM - The Dance Hall, Kittery, ME - Come shake it Shango stylee at the Dance Hall Kittery. Shango is a celebration of the music of Fela Kuti featuring dancers, multiple horns, Stu Dias' powerful vocals, multiple guitars, drummers and, of course, Mike Effenberger and Nick Phaneuf!

Jenny Woodman Band - Two-fer!

7/9 - Noon- 1  - Monument Square - Portland, ME | 7/10 - 7:30PM Casco Bay Lines - Portland, ME  - Once in a while, when Richard Gardzina is predisposed, I get the call to play with Maine Supah-Stahhh Jenny Woodman. This time it's a two-fer! Thursday at noon out in Monument Square, we'll rock downtown Portland for a taste of Jenny's talent THEN you can also join the band on a Friday night cruise on Casco bay. C'mon. DO IT!

Charlie Kohlhase Explorer's Club

Thursday, July 16th, 8PM - Outpost 186, Cambridge, MA Charlie Kohlhase's Explorers Club is a long standing band with a rotating cast of the best improvisers from Boston and Eliot Maine! My teaching schedule during the school year keeps me from participating in Charlie's regular gig at the Outpost on Thursday nights once a month but this time I'M IN! Come on down, or over, or up!

Sojoy! at Sonny's Tavern: Sunday 10/4 @ 7PM

Jonny Peiffer has gathered an ensemble of the finest improvisers in the area to perform music he has composed and perfected over the past decade and a half. His influences range from Ben Allison, Jaco Pastorius, and Andrew Hill to Ellington, Mingus, and Monk. Sojoy is a new spin on a modern Big Band tradition. Jonny Peiffer - drums, composer Zach Lange - trumpet Matt Langley - saxes Eric Klaxton - alto Nick Mainella - tenor Claude Fried - trombone Scott Kiefner - bass

Jeff Galindo & Matt Langley - Press Room 11/1 6-9P

Jeff Galindo on trombone, Bob Gulotti on Drums, Matt Langley on saxes, Ryan Parker on piano, Sean Farias on Bass. This is going to be some FUN!!

Jared Steer Group: The Press Room 11/16 - 8PM

Jared Steer brings a group into the Press Room in Portsmouth featuring the great Don Davis on reeds, the up and coming young bassist Scott Keifner, myself; Matt Langley on saxophones, and featuring the dynamic Mr. Steer himself on drums. This group played a great set at SOnny's Tavern in Dover a month or so ago and we're all looking forward to playing together again. Please join us at the Press Room for some great food, beverages and MUSIC!

Sojoy! @ Sonny's, Sunday 12/6 - 7-10PM

Fresh off the release of our NEW CD, Sojoy takes the stage at Sonny's Tavern in Dover for a night of great Jonny Peiffer music, poetry and whatever else comes to mind!

2CCUCC Christmas Eve Service @ Buoy Gallery 12/24, 10PM

Come celebrate the season at Buoy Gallery in Kittery, Maine with Music Minister Mike Effenberger, Reverend Brad Hirst, PJ Donahue on Drums, Nate Therrien on Bass, the 2CCuCC Choir and congregation and YOU!!!

Mike Effenberger's "Weird Turn Pro" - Sonny's 1/24 - 7PM

Mike Effenberger's new band, "Weird Turn Pro", will play it's inaugural gig tonight. The group features Mike's compositions and arrangements with the plan of playing them live, honing them and recording them sometime in the late summer/ fall of 2016. I can't wait to hear this band on the bandstand. I hope you can join us. In case you're not familiar with Sonny's, the food is great, there's a thoughtful beer selection and the cocktails are as delicious and creative as the music!

Matt Langley's Sound Playground @ The Press Room 1/25: 8PM

Monday Night Jazz is back at the Press Room in Portsmouth, New Hampshire! Yeah! Tonight I'll be joined by Kendall Moore on Trombone, Scott Keifner on Bass and Mike Walsh on Drums. We'll play some originals some standards and some funky stuff. Come on in, have a beverage or some food and enjoy the music.

Weird Turn Pro - Press Room: 5/9, 8PM

Effenberger's "Weird Turn Pro" with Mike on Keys, Chris Klaxton on Trumpet, Kendall Moore on Trombone, Rob Gerry on Bass, Mike Walsh on Drums, and Matt Langley on reeds features Mike's originals and arrangements from various parts of his prolific career to this point. We'll record in June.

Sojoy - Sonny's : 5/15 - 7PM

Jonny Peiffer's SOJOY is a celebration of sound & rhythm! Celebrants include Jonny on Drums & Recitations and a dance or two, Zach Lange on Trumpet, Eric Klaxton on reeds, Nick Mainella on Reeds, Josh Gagnon on Trombone, Matt Langley on Reeds and Scott Keifner on Bass. Come bask in the joyosity!

Weird Turn Pro - Sonny's, Dover, NH: Sun 6/5 - 7PM

Weird Turn Pro will be bringing more new compositions (and some very old ones, played backwards) to Sonny's this Sunday night at 7.  This is Kendall Moore's last gig with the band before he moves on to Texas and other things.  It's been great to have him weirding with us and we're sad to see him go.  Anyhow, come help see him off if you're around.

Sojoy! - Congress of Sound - July 16: 4:15P

The Seacoast Congress of Sound is a celebration of Seacoast bands that takes place out in a field in North Berwick, Maine with many great acts and some local artists. Sojoy! will play a set this year at 4:15PM.

Mike Effenberger's "Weird Turn Pro" - 7/24 - Sonny's, Dover, NH 7PM

Weird Turn Pro returns to Sonny's on Sunday, July 24th at 7PM. Mike Effenberger's group showcases his compositions and we're rehearsing and playing live to prepare for a recording session at the end of August. Come on out and hear some of Mike's new material!

Jazz at the Skunk! Skunk Hollow Tavern, Hartland, VT - 9/1 - 8PM

Jazz at the Skunk to kick off Labor Day Weekend. Come on up (over, under, above...!?) to Hartland, Vermont's Jazz Treasure and one of the oldest taverns in the northeast. We're going to get the joint jumping with Tom Robinson on piano, Tim Gilmore on drums and, your host, Peter Concilio on bass.

2nd Sunday Jazz Service - 2CCUCC, Kittery, ME 1/8/17:10AM

On the Second Sunday of each month, Second Christian holds a Jazz Worship Service during our regular Sunday morning worship time. Between September and June our Second Sunday Jazz Trio featuring Matt Langley (tenor sax), Jim Rudolf (percussion), and our own Mike Effenberger (piano), along with the occasional special guest, help lead us in this slightly outside-the-box worship service. Our July and August jazz worship will often feature guest musicians, but everything is flavored jazz with Mike on the piano.

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Sojoy and Sarah Duclos - Kittery Dance Hall - 1/3 - 7:30P

WANDERKOOKS FIELD NOTES: AN EXPEDITION IN 3 PARTS is a work-in-progress series inviting audiences to experience and participate in the development of THE WANDERKOOK PROJECT. Later this spring, Circulus will present FIELD NOTES on WORDS at the Word Barn in Exeter, and FIELD NOTES on DISCOVERY, a community-based open-air audience immersion. The series will culminate with Wanderkook: The Adventures of Oliver Z. at West End Studio Theatre June 16-25, co-produced by New Hampshire Theatre Project.

PMAC Jazz Night - 3/11:7 & 9PM, Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth, NH

Saturday 3/11 is the second big night of PMAC's 10 Years of Jazz Night celebration. We'll cover 100 years of jazz over two nights at the Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, NH. Get tickets early for both nights! The band on Saturday includes: Taylor O'Donnell on Vocals, Matt Langley and Russ Grazier on Saxes, Chris Klaxton on Trumpet, Mike Effenberger on Keys, Jim Dozet on Guitar, Steve Roy on Bass and Mike Walsh on Drums and the time period we'll focus on spans 1967 to present. It's going to be a great show!

SOJOY! Fury's Publik House, Dover, NH 3/19:8PM

SOJOY visits the jazz series at Fury's in Dover for a night of horn filled, foot stomping, magic! Jonny Peiffer is hard at work on the "Wanderkook" show we're doing in June and much of it has filtered into the day-to-day life and times of SOJOY! What the hell does that mean?! You'll have to come to Fury's and find out. Featuring Matt Langley, Eric Klaxton and Nick Mainella on reeds, zach Lange on trumpet, Josh Gagnon on trombone, Scott Kiefner on bass and Jonny Peiffer on drums and cheerleading.

Keifner, Kohlhase, Steer, Langley - Press Room - 3/29 - 9PM

Scott Kiefner brings a two sax, chordless quartet into the Press Room for a night of music featuring originals by Scott & Charlie mixed with a selection of old and new standards. Matt and Charlie have played together for more than thirty years while Scott and Jared, often paired, in many configurations, are getting their first taste of Mr. Kohlhase's unique approach to improvisation. The results will be worth checking out.

Tiger Okoshi @ JOSA - Eastman, Grantham, NH 4/2 - 4-7PM

The season finale of Bill Wightman's JOSA series featuring Tiger Okoshi on trumpet. We always have a blast when Tiger is in the house. He's a consummate musician and an incredible communicator. Everyone in the audience feels he's playing for THEM...and he IS! Tonight the JOSA house band will feature the wonderful Jesse Williams on bass, the inimitable Tim Gilmore or drums, music director and impresario Bill Wightman on piano and Matt Langley on saxophones.

SOJOY - Wanderkook - Wordbarn, Exeter 4/8, 8PM

Circulus & Bright and Lyon present an exploratory evening of words and music with writer Dan Beaulieu and Jonny Peiffer’s Sojoy in Wanderkook’s Field Notes on Words on Saturday, April 8 at the Word Barn in Exeter, NH. Wanderkook’s Field Notes on Words is at 8 p.m. April 8 at the Word Barn, 33 Newfields Road, Exeter, NH 03833. This event is one night only. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at www.brightandlyon.com, and $20 at the door. Wanderkook’s Field Notes is a work-in-progress series inviting audiences to experience and participate in the development of The Wanderkook Project. Sojoy’s bandleader Jonny Peiffer created the character of Oliver Z. Wanderkook in February of 2007 with artist Dean Diggins. The work chronicles the adventures of the mythical adventurer and his discovery of nine tribes in The Land of The Two Suns.

Walsh • Gerry • Langley : Press Room, 4/17, 8PM

Mike Walsh on drums, Rob Gerry on bass and Matt Langley on saxophones explore the jazz trio format at the Press Room. We've all had the pleasure of working together many times, in many formats but this may be the first time we've explored this trio at length. Join us for the soundbath and enjoy a delicious meal or a hearty beverage too.

Langley/Kohlhase - Dyno Records - 4/22 - 3PM

Matt Langley and Charlie Kohlhase have been performing together for over 30 years. They've spent many hours practicing and rehearsing together and have recorded a duo CD on the Boxholder Record label. On April 22nd, Matt and Charlie will perform together again in the duo format to celebrate Record Store day at Dyno Records in Newburyport, Mass at 3PM for a 45 minute set.

weirdturnpro - Blue, Portland, ME, 4/22, 10PM

weirdturnpro with mike effenberger, matt langley, chris gagne, rob gerry and mike walsh. ambient soundscapes from the mind of eff. Good times, good food, great beverages. Great place.

Wild Worlds of Jazz - CCMS Lecture; 5/4 12:10-12:50

I'll explore the world influences on jazz during a talk at the Concord Community Music School on Thursday, May 4th from at 12:10. Bring your lunch and enjoy some great music and thoughts on jazz.

Mother Superior & TSR : Press Room 5/5

Come get your groove on at the Press Room Friday, May 5th with Mother Superior and the Free Stones. Get up and get down at the world renowned Press Room with two great bands!

Wanderkook Day! 5/20...Come Find us!

–– WANDERKOOK DAY Sat 5/20 ––
ARTS WORKSHOPS at BUOY GALLERY Noon-3pm Come take a music, art, dance, or writing workshop with the collaborators of the Wanderkook Project. While you're there, grab your Wanderkook Passport and start collecting stamps for prizes! Earn a stamp for participating in each workshop, collect all 4!
BUOY GALLERY, 2 Government St, Kittery, ME 03904. FREE ALL AGES
DOCUMENTARY AT DISCOVER PORTSMOUTH: "Discovering Wanderkook" 9:30am-5pm A PREMIERE! Come view the documentary "Discovering Wanderkook" by Catherine Stewart and the Circulus crew. The short film shows the collaborators talking about the history of the project (did you know it's 10 years old?) and features clips from their recent Field Notes performances and interviews with Jonny Peiffer (that's me), Dean Diggins, CJ Lewis, Sara Peiffer, and Catherine Stewart.
DISCOVER PORTSMOUTH, 1st Floor Theater, 10 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH. FREE ONE DAY ONLY You can also pick up your Passport and collect a stamp for viewing! WHERE'S WANDERKOOK????? Find images of the explorer hiding around Portsmouth's Downtown, West End, and Kittery. Post a selfie with Wanderkook to Instagram with the hashtag #wanderkook to be entered into a raffle to win a FREE TICKET TO THE SHOW.
AFTER PARTY at LIAR'S BENCH 4pm-on Come Socialize! After you get your art, music, dance, and words on, view the short film, and snap a photo with Wanderkook, come celebrate with the artists behind this project. LIAR'S BENCH, 459 Islington St #4, Portsmouth, NH. Begin collecting your stamp for Liar's Bench, one of the nine establishments involved in the Passport. FUN.

Okay to Think - Fury's, Dover, NH 5/21 - 8PM

It's still okay to think for yourself. To feel real emotions and experience challenging ideas with your brain and body engaged. There's no reason to accept what you're being told as the ultimate truth. Only you control your mind. Randy Roos thinks the guitar is infinitely more entertaining than TV. David Tonkin thinks Albert Einstein was an interesting thinker who knew how to think. Tom Robinson thinks that there are many more combinations of sounds to be experienced. Scott Keifner thinks vibrating strings cause sympathetic sound and thought waves. Tim Gilmore thinks the groove resides in all of us if we just stop thinking and start feeling. Matt Langley thinks brass tubes have many sonic possibilities that have yet to be thought of.

Jazz Service @ 2CCUCC - Kittery, ME - 6/11 - 10AM

Jazz Church at 2CCUCC is always a great way to start your week. This week Jim Rudolf's son Jimmy will be baptized with the jazz all up in the house. Should be a very fun version of Jazz Church and the last one until the fall.

9/10, 8PM - Fury's, Dover, NH: Weird Turn Pro CD RELEASE

In June of 2017, Mike Effenberger took this band into Rocking Horse Studio for three days to record a set or two of his original music. This evening he will release the CD from that recording session. The band has played a lot since the session and Mike has composed more material which he plans on recording soon. Catch the band at it's current state of development and pickup, what I find to be, an incredible snippet of Mike's music as interpreted by these musicians, at that moment in time. The show is at Fury's Publik House in Dover, NH at 8PM on Sunday, September 10th.

Jazz Service - 2CCUCC, Kittery, Me - 10/8, 10AM

Visit 2nd Christian Congregational Church in Kittery Maine on the second Sunday of every month for a jazz take on the scripture with Reverend Brad Hirst, the 2CCUCC choir, music director Mike Effenberger and drummer Jim Rudolf and saxophonist Matt Langley. This month Mike is out of town so Eric Klaxton will fill in and we'll feature the music of Thelonious Monk.

Moosehead Lake 8/17 – Day 3 – Part 2

Buffalo Soldier, Take Us AWAY!

The plan for today is to get a little closer to Sydney, Maine. I’m due there Sunday eve for a meeting to start the 2017 New England Adult Music Camp at the Snow Pond Center. Pam has some spots picked out on the DeLorme over near Moscow which is about 30 or so miles from Sydney. We’ll start with a stop in Greenville for some coffee and maybe a few supplies at the grocery store. It’s probably close to 11 by the time we get going. We stop at the coffee shop on the hill headed out of town. I gripe about the setup of the coffee shop. Everything is a bottleneck to the register and nobody knows where to stand or move to and it makes things all messed up even there’s only six or seven people in there. I’d make it so the register is away from everything, near the door. Get ’em in, get ’em out, lots of space for eveyone to ogle the sweets but plenty of room for folks who just want to grab a coffee and hit the road.

Next door at the grocery store we grab some stuff for dinner. Chicken and some vegetables and some apple fritters to chow while we’re finding the next spot. Then we’re on our way. We pass the State of Maine DPW lot which, we were told on our first trip to Moosehead, was a good spot to see moose. It’s kinda marshy and I bet it is a good spot at the right time of day. We head off the main road and after a mile or two, three, the road we’re on turns to dirt. We’ve been cruising around on dirt roads a lot so this is just more of the same. We pass a large group of ATV’s parked on the left side of the road. Soon after that, I hear a rock stuck in one of the tires. I pull over and pull one out. I pull away and still hear the rock and then, I hear air coming out of the tire. !@#$ a flat! We’ve driven this baby all the way to Montana and back. All over the Northeast, Virginia, North Carolina, blah, blah, blah, and we’ve been incredibly lucky and NEVER had a flat! I pull over in a turnout at the top of someone’s PAVED driveway. Pam wisely tells me to level it out as much as I can. We hop out and take a look. Driver’s side rear – flat as piss on a plate.

We have a bike rack on the back. We open it up and I start to wonder about the jack and lug wrench. Where the hell are they? I remember seeing them…oh yeah, in the coach battery storage area. I pull them out. I know the spare is stored under the rear of the van. I have no idea how to get it down but we have the manual with us so we should be cool. I try to loosen the lug nuts before jacking her up and the lug wrench doesn’t fit the lugs! The gent we bought the van from had the Gowesty lift kit put on it, which is awesome and the main reason we can drive into the woods in Moosehead without bottoming out, but the tires are 16″ instead of the stock 15″ and this must be a stock lug wrench. I have some tools with me so I try some of the sockets to see if they fit. One does, a 17mm but it’s a 1/2 inch socket, all I have is a 3/8th driver. SO CLOSE…@#$%!! Well, thank goodness for BIKES! I hop on Roger Goldenberg’s bike and tell Pam, “see you when I see ya!”

I’m going to try and find a 1/2 inch driver for my socket. That’s the main thing on my mind. If i have to find something else, I will, but I’m thinking; gas station, garage, whatever. We’re kinda in the boonies so it’s probably going to be whatever. I didn’t consider going down the paved driveway to see if there was anyone home because there were no trespassing signs all over the place and the fact that there was a paved driveway, mighty nice, clean looking one too, gave me the thought that there was probably an ornery dude down there sitting in his living room with a large firearm just waiting for someone to dare trod upon his swanky driveway. No thank you, I’ll ride a few miles on Roger’s bike instead.

I’ve ridden about 200 yards when I pass a camp on my left with a pickup in the front yard with the tailgate down. Hmmm. I pass. Then I think; pickup…tools. I’m going back. I pass again with the camp on my right to see if I can see any signs of people. Sure enough, someone is up in the woods behind the camp. I turn around and head up the driveway. I hear, “Hello?” from the woods. I reply, “Hello!” and ride past the camp up into the woods where a man and a woman are cutting wood. I apologise for interrupting them and the dude says, “you mean I have to take a break!?” I tell them I got a flat down the road and ask if he has a half inch driver for a socket wrench by any chance. He says, “Sure. Let’s go down to the truck.” He and his wife, I assume, come out of the woods. They have a couple dogs and they’re all over me. Super friendly, just like the people. The man’s name is John which he tells me later and his wife’s name – correct assumption, in this case – is Laurie (I’m assuming the spelling – sorry if it’s wrong.)  Laurie keeps the dogs at bay. I don’t remember the dog’s names, unfortunately, the real friendly one is a pit bull mix and the other one is kind of hound dog-ish but is also missing a front leg. Having three legs isn’t slowing him down at all.

Back at the pickup John looks at the bike kinda puzzled. He asks what I’m looking for again and I tell him my lug wrench doesn’t fit my lugs on the van but I have a socket that fits but the wrong driver for it. “Ohhh, I thought you were talking about your bike! I’m thinking, the bike looks fine, what’s he talking about?!” John says. He grabs a jack just in case and he tells me to ride back on my bike, he’ll follow in the truck.

When I come riding up on my bike Pam is very surprised to see me so soon as I thought she might be. I tell her help is on the way and John pulls up in the pickup shortly after that. He hops out and takes a look. We decide to use his floor jack instead of the VW jack. He brought a plank to put it on so I throw it under the driver side rear wheel and look for a good place underside to jack this puppy up. First I loosen all the lugs. Fortunately they all loosen with a good kick. One gives us some trouble so we find a better socket and it finally snaps loose. I find a spot on the frame in front of the wheel and start jacking ‘er up. I get it up high enough to take the wheel off. Now, how the hell do you get the spare down. I climb under the bike rack to get at the spare. There are two nuts holding the metal plate that binds the spare to bottom of the van. The lug wrench fits on these! But how the hell does it work?! Pam gets the manual! She figures it out and I get the spare to drop. I drag it out and John puts it up against the hub. We need more height but the jack is up as high as she’ll go. John says try putting the VW jack under the wheel so we can jack the wheel up higher – compress the shock a bit. Nice! It works! He says we’re good so I come around to put the tire on, screw in the lug nuts and be on our way. Hmmm, something ain’t right. The tire doesn’t fit on the hub. We check the wheel that came off, It’s a 16″ wheel. The spare is a 15″ wheel. @#%$! So close, but still stranded.

John says he might have a tire plug kit back at the camp and he knows he’s got a compressor. WHATTTT?!?! Who is this guy?! We head back to the camp in the truck while Pam hangs at the van. Back at the camp, sure enough, tire plug kit AND compressor. We find the hole easily in the middle of the tread so it’s very patchable. John plugs her up and pops the hood of the truck to hook up the compressor. He says he fried the cigarette lighter with the compressor so now he hooks it up to his battery. While we’re working he tells me about a another guy he helped out who was in waaaay worse shape than us. He and Laurie were out four wheeling and they came across a broken down rig and its owner stranded in the woods. The whole back end on the engine had blown off and there was oil everywhere. Turns out all John and Laurie could do in that case was tow the rig back to camp and get the guy drunk!

While we’re blowing up the tire, Laurie brings out a thick, juicy peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a paper plate! She says, “I thought you might be hungry!” I can’t believe it! These people are incredible! We are the luckiest people on earth! I chowdown half the sandwich and save the other half for Pam. John fills the tire, I throw it on the truck. He grabs another plank in case we need to jack it higher and we head back. When we arrive Pam is very happy to hear the tire is fixed. She’s very happy to get half a peanut butter sandwich too! I offer John a beer but he says he tries not to drink before 2PM at camp! I tell him, I shoot for noon when I’m on vacation. He says he’s not always too good about 2PM, sometimes he only makes it until 10AM. I LOVE this guy!

In minutes we’ve got the wheel back on and he quickly says with a smile, “No guarantees on that plug!” We all laugh. We thank him and tell him to thank Laurie again for the sandwich and he takes off. We pack up and head out too. As we pass the camp Laurie waves and John heads back up into the woods to get back to work! We’re back on tar roads soon but kinda lost and google maps is telling us to head up the other side of the river that we just came down. We drive around the area a bit and finally decide to follow googletta. Back into the woods on dirt roads we go. What could possibly happen?….

Moosehead Lake Trip 8/17, Day 3, Part 1 – MOOSE – PLURAL!

Moose!

I wake up remembering the incredible darkness from the night before. I snooze a while and then toss my pillow down, pull myself forward a bit and climb down trying not to kick or nudge Pam, who is still sleeping. She knows I’m up but wants to snooze a bit. I sit briefly in the passenger seat which is turned to face the rear of the van. As I open the slider and step out of the van, I hear a splash in the bog. Hmmm, that sounds like a large animal! I walk slowly to the opening and there’s OUR MOOSE! She’s a large cow and she’s eating right in view of the clearing, probably 200 feet away. I go back to the van to grab my camera and tell Pam, “Our moose is here!” She thinks I’m joking because I do that a lot. She grabs her phone and comes out on the bridge and our moose waits for her. Pammie lights up with a huge smile and takes a picture with her phone. We both stand on the bridge and marvel at moosie until she gets a little spooked and wades out of site. We’re both super excited and can’t quite believe we saw a moose so close.

We’re excited to take the inflatable kayak out in the bog. We tried the night before but it was dark and scary. This morning we go to the same spot – by a large rock, in the weeds but accessible – and all goes well. We’re in the water and cruising in the kayak for the very first time! The bog is shallow with a lot of submerged rocks. There’s green stuff staring up from below all over the place. The kayak is pretty damn sweet though. Stable, comfortable and fun! There’s a big rock in the middle of the bog and we head towards it. It takes a while for us to figure out what the hell we’re doing with the paddles. Sometimes I head in the wrong direction, Pam tries to correct and I over compensate and we get turned around. Sometimes vice versa, but it’s a ton of fun and who cares! The bog is tiny and forgiving. A great place to learn. As we come around a bend to the left there’s ANOTHER MOOSE in the water about one hundred feet in front of us! Being waaay amateur kayakers in a foreign land, we decided to leave the cameras on shore. You’ll have to take our word for it – two Moose Cows in one morning! That’s it! We can go home! But, instead we go to the end of the bog and catch the bottom of the yak a few times then we turn around and head back.

Road to…somewhere

Once out of the water and back by the van, we put some water on for coffee and marvel at the luck we’ve had to start the day. Across the bridge there is a road that leads to a path. Pam comes back from a stroll and says there’s an old car in the woods and signs about canoes just up the road a bit. We head off to explore. The path is well worn and Pam speculates that it leads to a bigger pond. We walk and talk and the path leads on. Our fishermen buddies from the night before had a couple of cheap stogies going when they went into the bog – the ones with the plastic tips. I notice plastic tips here and there on the path. I think Pam is right. We wind around, over and about and we come to a pile of canoes and a large pond. Holy crap! This place is even more incredible that the bog. We can see a lot of the pond but there are a few areas that are out of sight. We hear another splash. Just like the one that started the day…with Moosie…but it comes from an area that is out of sight. I wade out onto a couple of rocks but can’t catch a glimpse of anything but water and more woods. We speculate that is was moosie 3.0. We also develop a theory about our fishermen buddies. We wonder if they were actually headed for THIS POND and didn’t really know where they were going. Hmmm?

Back at the camper we start to pack up. As I deflate the kayak, we both wonder how the hell we’ll get it back in the bag it came in. It deflates easily and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t fit in the bag with all the accessories. If we never use this thing again, we got our money’s worth and then some.

The road out is a little less arduous for some reason. Must be the force of moosie guiding us! We point “Buffalo Soldier” towards Greenfield for some more joe and maybe a gutbomb or two! They day has just begun and things will soon take a left turn or two…

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