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:
www.windnwavesonwood.org

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.

 

Release Date 5/3/2014

I did a circumnavigation with some of the good folks from the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse. 

It was a warm spring day, that eventually turned fairly cold by the end of the trip. 

I paddled a plastic NDK Romany which turned out to be a decent boat, a bit wide in the beam that made it difficult to go really fast with some of the younger more energentic paddlers from the BBBH.

Truth: Some Rooms are empty.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Release Date 4/27/2014

I went for a paddle in the Hudson up to the little park where the parrots used to live in Edgewater.

It was a windy day. We left about 1.5 hours after high water from Pier 66 and even though we had good current the wind made us work pretty hard.

By the time we got near Mitsuwa the current was ebbing. 

We took a little break at the park in Edgewater where the parrots were, but the whole place was under construction and there were no parrots, maybe they all froze or had their nests chopped down. Also see on the web that the power company took their nests down a year ago. I guess I'm out of it...

It was a nice day to be out, and we had a quick ride home, even though the wind had changed a bit.





Truth: To make something nice you often have to make a mess.


Release Date 3/22/2014

I released this msg off of Governor's Island on a windy early spring day.

I borrowed a friend's boat and it was a bit too big for me. There were decent surfable waves off the North West of the Island, but I couldn't get the boat going fast enough to catch many and it was a bit squirrelly.



Truth: New Things are Nice