Is Execution Rocks lighthouse haunted? Definitely. By cormorants, gulls, peregrine falcons, seals (see arrow at :52) and us paddlers. Despite the unholy stench of bird guano, it’s one of our favorite haunts. Click for video—an impromptu “family reunion” on 1/16/17—courtesy of the mega-talented Luke (aka kayakhipster) and his new drone. 🙂 🙂
Recently, a NYC paddler listed his used PaddleOne kayak erg for sale online. Dov (aka, kayakdov) beat us to it, but he kindly tossed it into his car—at <30 pounds, it is quite tossable—so we got to test it apres-real-paddle, post-Dov’s-Subaru. (Drysuits optional, haha!). Click for video.
Our take on it: As apartment dwellers, we like the small footprint it requires and the fact that it’s easily stashed into a corner. But we weren’t too keen on the simplistic “paddle” and rather rough approximation of paddlestroke it allowed. For now, we figure we’ll just get out on the water and breathe fresh air—even if we do have to layer up, zip up and shut up already about the cold. It’s January! 🙂 🙂
The last paddle of the year. Jerry and Luke (aka, kayakhipster) joined us on the Sound, 12.28.16, a windy Wednesday. Paddling into the sunset (argh, only 4:36 p.m.!), Luke stops to take a snap of NYC on the horizon.
The sun’s last “hurrah.” May your 2017 be bright. Best wishes, 🙂 🙂
“Red and green, go between…but only if you’re crossing a channel you dope,” goes the ye olde kayakers’ saying. Big hugs to all y’all. And best wishes for a safe and happy New Year! 🙂 🙂
For some reason, people assume we’ve hung up our paddles by now. Or trade them for skis (not gonna happen!). In fact, winter is the most magical time to paddle—as gal pal and fellow blogger, Julie, aka Kayak Cowgirl, demonstrates here: Hudson River, near Spuyten Duyvil. (Click for video)
This week’s photo challenge is new horizons. Perhaps wintertime kayaking belongs on yours? 🙂 🙂
Sunday, November 6 Sunset arrived at 4:42 p.m. on our first day of “standard” time. And in another 48 hours, a tremendous shadow would fall across our country.
Dark days lie ahead. But now more than ever, we turn to the light. One beacon: The Southern Poverty Law Center, which combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.
And the American Civil Liberties Union shines on.
Of course, a “hyuuuge” loser in all this is the environment. So we turn our eyes to the National Resources Defense Council, which uses law and science (remember that?) to safeguard the earth, as well as Greenpeace and other groups that fight global warming.
Sigh. Darkness can make it hard to see well. So let’s hold hands—and keep our eyes open. 😦 😦