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.
Nick, dear, is that you? Thanks so much for your lovely comment here… we’re looking forward to seeing you soon AND posts on what appears to be your brand new blog! Yay! J&A
Love this! I would much rather suit up and paddle than drive a car to a crazy mall parking lot and allow crowds of unhealthy people shove me around for a sickening pursuit of stuff made cheaply in China. Tomorrow, if today’s sessions go well, I’ll be helping my husband fiberglass his cedar strip yak. Whoohoo!
Hey, Laura! Thanks… we couldn’t agree more. Isn’t it so much nicer to be outdoors? The muzak is way better. 🙂 Please keep us informed of the cedar strip kayak’s progress and other goings-on in snowy Madison. What an interesting vocation you’ve chosen! J&A
Thank you J&A. Yes, my current day job certainly provokes many questions and fills my day with extremely unique stories from fascinating people. I’ll be sure to keep in touch regarding the kayak progress. In the meantime I love seeing your little kayak adventured. Keep it up! Cheers!
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I love your pictures, they realy radiate a good mood.
Go on kayaking 🙂
All the best