Saturday, September 06, 2014

Release Date 9/5/2014

Was a beautiful day very very hot for September. Just a slight breeze. 

We went out to try surfing, but were a bit late, and there was no swell, so there was no surf to speak of.

We got to sandbar at Breezy at 10:20 for an 11:05 low at Plumb Beach. 

So instead of surfing we turned it into a fishing trip. We trolled around the point, then went to have a swim and lunch on Rockaway Beach.

There were a number of people fishing, but everyone was just catching sea robins and small fluke. One guy did tell us he caught a 50lb shark, which would have been something on our hand lines. In the end all we got was one large sea robin.

We didn't keep it, but maybe we should have:

One day the water will be at its warmest.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Release Date 8/19/2014

I haven't been this lazy, I actually did a bit of paddling in between posts, but didn't get around to releasing a message...

I went out to do a short trip after cutting out of work early. I was delayed a bit so it wasn't much of a trip, just a few hours. The most notable thing was getting to the water in 45 minutes from my house. Apparently everyone is on vacation and the streets were clear at 4:00PM. Its been a little while since I paddled alone and it was nice to set my own pace.

I practiced a few rolls and getting in and out of the boat. My boat is tippy and I'm not so good at the cowboy rescue any more. I have to practice the re-entry and roll since that is the only good rescue mechanism for really bad conditions. I did not attempt that since it was late and getting chilly.

I went over to deadhorse bay to see the trash piles and excavations. There is no good beach glass, but a lot of old bottles and things, many of which are whole. the shoreline is eroding, and its clear the area was a dump at some point. The time to go is probably after the next big storm. I did find a cool old bottle which I kept.

Truth: One generation's trash is another generation's antiques.

Release Date 7/2/2014

We went for what was supposed to be an uneventful paddle from Red Hook up to Pier 66 to have lunch and then home again.

It was fairly windy ~ 10kts and I  had borrowed a very large plastic boat from a friend with no skeg or working rudder. It was a real chore just getting up there in the swell, and the boat was so big and lunky I couldn't surf and really struggled to maintain control.

After a stop to disassemble the broken rudder we arrived at Pier 66 aka the barge for lunch. This place has become super popular so the only time you can go there is the afternoon. 

Funky weather over the barge.

It started to rain so we delayed our return trip, but eventually started out around 3 or 4. Unfortunately we heard and saw lightening by the time we got to pier 25 so we had to get out. We waited for hours but it never cleared-up and just got more and more intense with lightening and eventually we had to phone for a car pickup. 

Truth: The trip home is different than the trip there.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Release Date 6/162014

I went kayak surfing at Breezy Point.

First trip back to Plumb Beach since its renovation after Sandy. Its really about the same. They built some huge rock breakwaters out in the water, especially right in front of the Belt Parkway.

Also they piled-up lots of new sand to increase the dunes.

We were there right at low-water by the time we paddled out to the sandbar and there wasn't really any surf. Tried a bit of fishing but didn't catch anything, then hung out on the beach. The weather was perfect warm, but not too hot. There was also a great sunset.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Release Date 6/7 and 6/8

Not strictly a message in a bottle, but we did release a lot of driftwood into the harbor.

Check out Figment Festival 2014:

Release Date 5/27/2014

We went up to Maine for Kayak camping over Memorial day.  It was very beautiful, just stunning coastline and rocks along the water.

We were staying at a friend of fiend's property on a place called Loud's Island. Contrary to the name it is not loud at all, and very peaceful. It was a bit early in the season. I didn't wear a drysuit, but probably should have since it rained a lot and we were often uncomfortable.

One crucial error was a low booze supply, but fortunately I was able to supplement with my new stove fuel, Everclear.

We were able to get fresh lobster right from the fishermen in the harbor, so we are definitely going to remember that trick.

We found a place for rent, a small cabin, so we may go back there another time for a bit more comfort a bit later in the season.

This was the first sea trials, or trial of any sort, for the Triton and it performed really well. We did have trouble turning it, and subsequent investigations revealed they shipped it with the wrong, smaller, rudder, so we remain hopeful it will be behave better when we get that fixed.

Lobster fishing dock, can't get it any fresher.

Our friend sent us this. We are taking a post lunch nap. He titled it "Bellies full of lobstah".

Release Date 5/17/2014

I went for a paddle on the Hudson River up to the park on the Palisades just North of the GW Bridge.

It was another beautiful spring day, and i was finally able to put away the drysuit. Too cold for any rolling or other wet adventures, but I stayed dry.

All of the vending machines and other facilities at the park were offline because of a big storm that knocked out the power. They were preping the park for a big bicycle race.

We just enjoyed the sun and lazed about for a bit, then headed back to Pier 66.

Truth: Baby Ducks are cute.