December 12, 3:16 pm: Seals checked us out near Middle Reef and Machaux Rock, a shallow area just south of Davids Island. Click for video:
More photos from that still, gray afternoon… the curious seals (and our gear!) were the only bright spots.
We love this photo from our paddle on Saturday, 12.12.15 (a surreal, windless day). Oops…
…Hahaha, still water can fool you! Let’s try that again:
That’s better. Um, or not… On certain days in winter, Long Island Sound turns into a hall of mirrors!
And the only way you can tell “right side up” in photos is by your kayak’s wake.
Saturday morning was unusually warm and still. With temps in the low 50sF, the water and air mirrored each other in every way.
Sky, sea, and horizon became one. Symmetrical and calm…like a Greenland blade.
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Post-Thanksgiving sends most folks into a shopping frenzy. We prefer a different sort of free-for-all—especially when the water’s a balmy 51°F and the air a record-breaking 63°F. “If I’m not up in 20 minutes, call a plumber!” shouted Jerry, tightening his tuilik. (Click for videos.)
Behind Jerry is tiny Columbia (as in Columbia Broadcasting System) Island, and (still under construction) the only private island residence off the coast of NYC. The topic of a future post…as soon as we learn that forward-finishing roll. 🙂
Today marks the third anniversary of “Frankenstorm,” aka “Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy,” aka, hurricane Sandy—the 10th of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. She made landfall here around 8 p.m. (the very moment of this posting… spooky!) on Oct. 29, with winds of 80 mph. Full moon + high tide = water 20 percent higher than normal. (Photo above: Execution Rocks lighthouse, one of our favorite “loops.” Photo below: Same. Under very different circumstances.)
Yesterday we set out for a usual Sunday “out ’n back” with friends Gary and Ivy. An ordinary trip—but then, it’s autumn! Automatically extraordinary in every way: Glittering sunlight. Colors. Wind gusts. Snow. (Snow…?)
Yep. We actually saw more flakes than we did brightly-colored leaves. (But the trees we did see were doozies. Somebody call the fire department!)
More extraordinary moments from our trip to Milton Harbor in Rye, NY: Click for full-size slideshow 🙂
Late summer fun and homage to Kayak Hipster’s “Flipped-Over Fridays”… David tests his new Rockpool Isel (it’s marvelous from every angle) while Felix entertains the crowd at Cockenoe Island near Westport, CT. (Click for video)
More photos from the 8/8 Sea Kayak Connecticut tour (click for slideshow) 🙂
Beats going to the gym! Happy summer 🙂 Jean & Alex
Finally! We pulled our new GoPro out of the box and stuck it on Jean’s kayak. (In between those two events, much swearing and fumbling for reading glasses…have you seen how tiny the pieces are??? You need tweezers to install the memory card!) But we did it. TA-DAAAH!! Our first action-y video—5/31 paddle from HHYC in Larchmont to Echo Bay in New Rochelle. 🙂
Oh, yeah—we’re checking the box on our TBD (To Be Done!) Thursday post about getting a GoPro. The next TBD: learn to use it.
Recreational kayaks at Rye Municipal Marina are a row of lollipops against a vivid blue sky. We paddled there with Gary and Ivy on Memorial Day weekend (5/24), when The World’s Orangest Hat (Gary’s, from the Yonkers dollar store) got into the same shot with The World’s Most Visible Paddle (Alex’s, covered in reflective tape from reflectivelyyours.com, tagline: Be Seen Better… a case of truth in advertising):
Gary’s new Stellar S18S surf ski is a vivid yellow. But that’s now why he (and others) are scooping them up…
At less than 30 lbs., the kayakski (not a real term, just our take) is literally easy to scoop up. (Below, Gary dares the rest of us to try this at home.)
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The sun broke through the early morning fog. It’s mid-May and just a handful of boats are out of their wintertime shrink-wrap, moored in Echo Bay outside Hudson Park and New Rochelle Marina.
Just the other day, the 1880 New Rochelle Rowing Club was demolished. Rebuilt in 1900 after a fire, the building appeared to be deteriorating—finally, Hurricane Sandy delivered the coup de grace. Friends who’d stored kayaks there were heartbroken, especially when they weren’t allowed to retrieve their yaks!
And now it’s…gone. At least somebody saw fit to save the historic cupola. It once topped the old New Rochelle City Hall (1864), but after that building was demolished a hundred years later, the rowing club rescued the cupola and hoisted it sometime in the 70s. But set a single face to the correct time? Fuhgettabouddit. We’re guessing the works were long gone anyway.
So much for NRRC, home of Fordham Prep Crew and decades of rowing champs. Paddle on.
The heart will break, but broken live on.
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