The shortest day of the year—December 21. Enjoy the sun…while you can! Although the calendar says its winter, today felt much more like spring: Air temperatures in the mid-50s, water temp 40, wind SW 5-10. In other words, tropical! (Drysuits a must, however.) We geeks and Jim set out from HHYC at a very low spring tide (8:45 a.m.) to meet up with Rick and Andrew near Glen Island and paddle west into the balmy SW breeze.
Utterly calm wind and water…a gull’s feather floats
Approaching Glen Island
Boats in winter storage. One orange kayak very much in use!
Alex, with Execution Rock lighthouse on the horizon
The usual view of Andrew and Rick: Specks on the horizon, far ahead of us
We took the long way, around Hart Island. Sign says PRISON KEEP OFF
On a cheerier note: The Santa of Sugar & Spice Bakery, City Island
On, Andrew! On, Jean! On, Alex and Jim and Rick! On, Sugar and Spice! And to all, a good omelet.
Launching for home from the tropics of City Island
Ok, there’s a seal. Not THAT tropical…
Home at last… my, how the tide has risen!
The weather was so balmy, Alex and Jim decided to go for a swim… (a Festivus feats of strength thing? Sort of…) Trumpets, please: A new Solstice tradition…The Testing Of The Drysuits!