Today was “Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving when many people feel compelled to trample each other in pursuit of who-knows-what. We geeks, on the other hand, have everything we’ll ever need: Friends, kayaks, drysuits, Long Island Sound—and Jacques Torres wicked hot chocolate! Giving-ukkah a special “thanks” here to Ailsa for this weeks’s skyward theme and to The Weatherman Up Above for today’s 5- to 10-knot NW winds (quite a contrast to the past several days around here).
This morning: A bird’s-eye view (Kuno’s, in fact) out the bedroom window, looking north towards the New Jersey palisades. (The shadow is of our building.) Trees are bare now thanks to strong winds all week.
We paddled with Jim from Horseshoe Harbor (Larchmont) to Rye Playland and back, keeping an appreciative eye on the sky.
We pulled up on the beach just south of Rye Playland (the Art Deco amusement park on the horizon, closed for the winter). Dodging a finger-numbing offshore breeze, we holed up on stairs below the promenade and fired up our little campstove (cue the milk, mugs, and hot chocolate mix). Seagulls sensed a picnic.
We certainly didn’t lack for entertainment…this black lab just couldn’t stay out of the water!
Homeward bound. The NYC skyline in the distance.
Rounding the corner to Horseshoe Harbor, we admired the weathervane on the gazebo at Manor Park.
3:30 p.m. The sun is already slanting yellow, setting fast. Jean and her long shadow celebrate “golden hour” in her new bespoke golden drysuit.
What better way to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy? Last night, Jean attended the NRDC‘s ”When Mountains Move: An evening with photographer James Balog” in New York City (which, around this time last year, looked a lot like this):
Balog is the founder of the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. Check it out:
Autumn colors can be vibrant. But some of the most beautiful are very, very subtle.
Here are pics from our Sunday paddle from Larchmont (Westchester) to City Island (the Bronx), and back. The water was delightfully warm, the brisk October wind most welcome on the way to brunch but a real challenge, post-herb-dusted-French-fries! On this foggy day, nature didn’t provide color—we humans did.
We went paddling yesterday. But nothing like THIS. (We’ll say it again: Gotta love a plastic boat!)
That’s kayaker Ben Marr rocketing down a concrete drainage ditch into Lions Bay, British Columbia, at 34 miles per hour. Good bracing skills! Judgment, meh.
It’s not every day you get to witness a miracle on your lunch hour. Jean lucked out, as her office building is right across the West Side Highway from Pier 66, aka, the “Manhattan Arrival” point of Judah Schiller, The First Person To Bike Across The Hudson River From Hoboken In About 15 Minutes Or So. If he has his way, there will be many more.
“Our objective is to take biking to a new, aquatic frontier for sport, recreation and transportation,” Schiller is quoted in the press kit someone thrust into Jean’s hands as she pretended to be important. “Water biking may serve as a viable form of bike commuting in cities with navigable waterways.” OK, you decide… watch video here:
As part of BayCycle Project’s initiative to bring water biking to the public, you can nominate cities for the 2014 tour and sign up for a chance to be one of the first to ride for BayCycle Project. To participate, go to www.baycycleproject.com. More pics from today’s festivities are here. Click to begin slideshow.
OK, New Yorkers– think you’ve seen everything? How ’bout somebody biking on water?? On October 3 (tomorrow!), Judah Schiller, Founder of BayCycle Project, will be the first person to bike across the Hudson River, showing the world that biking across bodies of water is possible—even where there are no bridges or bike lanes! Watch the video here:
Judah has already shown this can be done with the first-ever San Francisco Bay crossing that recently took place on Friday, September 27th. Accomplishing again what was once thought impossible, Judah will set out from Hoboken, NJ, and bike across the Hudson River arriving in Manhattan (right across from Jean’s office– WOOHOO!).
BayCycle Project is the first U.S. organizing body and community for “water biking,” an innovative new sport that “combines the adventure and health benefits of bike riding with the dynamic and ever-changing terrain of water.” BayCycle Project is bringing water biking to everyone, launching to other U.S. cities, including Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Portland in 2013 and internationally by 2014.