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. 🙂 🙂
Last Sunday marked the maiden voyage of Jim’s new kit-built wherry. “It floats!” we cheered. And indeed it did—fast, too.
However, ¾ of the way to Davids Island (2.5 NM from HHYC), one of the oarlock things suddenly snapped off—a design flaw—leaving Jim paddling in a big circle… Geeks to the rescue! We set up an in-line tow and ferried the wherry back to HHYC, where Jim swapped it for his proven kit-built kayak.
Undeterred, we relaunched and paddled around Davids and Huckleberry Islands, our next area snowstorm looming overhead. Air in the mid-30s, water similar.
A gull took flight near New Rochelle…
…as a big “bird” took off from LaGuardia Airport.
Jean’s tuilik also made its first on-Sound voyage.
We did a little mollusk-hopping (?), as the extra-low Spring tide exposed mussels…
…and got back to the boathouse just as the meager daylight gave way to a pale moon.