Sunday, July 19, 2015

Release Date 7/9/2015

Went paddling under the Atlantic Highlands Bridge.

The plan was to play in the heavy current under the bridge. We arrived much earlier than the predicted peak flood and parked out on Sandy hook near the campground. We then paddled out to the East to the end of the Hook, then back the other way up to the bridge to catch the current.

There was a decent flood current, maybe 3 knots, and bridge made some nice eddy lines to fool around in, but the lack of bottom structures prevented any standing waves or other play features. 

It was a good day for paddling, cloudy early on which kept the heat at bay.

Truth: Storms go Away.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Release Date 6/9/2015

We went diving for fossils in Venice Florida.

this was a really fun dive trip. We found several hundred sharks teeth that were between one and three million years old.

Its amazing that they are so plentiful after people have been diving for them and collecting them for something like 20 years in a really small area just 4 or 5 miles long and 1 mile wide.
We were really close to the shore on all the dives!

We did two days a diving with a lot of goofing off and bbq eating in between.

At the hotel we came across the baby armidillo. It was about the cutest thing you can imagine.

The earth is really old.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Release Date 5/22/2105 5/25/2015

Went paddling in Maine near Bar Harbor.

5/22/2015 Chilly about 50 degrees and windy. We launched from Bar Harbor and went south/west down the coast. There are some amazing cliffs along this section of the coastline. The swell was fairly mellow, but even so there was some dramatic waves slamming into rocks to enjoy.

There was some good hunting for beach trash. Do NOT know how a golfball ended up here!
Kayak with some treasure

We had lunch at the beach in Acadia park, this is usually closed to boats and used for swimming, but we were early in the season and they hadn’t set-up for swimming yet.

Launched @ 11:00 Returned about 16:15.

Low 8:45 High 15:00

Ebbs to the south/west  Floods to the north/east. So we paddled against a mild current in both directions.

5/23/2015 It was very Windy, with wind from the North and West @ up to 20kts, although it let off later in the day,  so we did a very late start around 15:00 from a little bridge at the intersection of 102 and 3 on Mt. Desert Island. There is a very long protected cut in the island which we paddled in to stay in the lee of the wind. We paddled down to Southwest Harbor and took the car back. Arrived in SW Harbor around 17:15 after a bit of exploring the coast on the way down. 
A crab shell a float, must have been picked-up on the beach by the tide.

High 15:47 Low 22:00

We paddled against a light flood to start and current should have turned by the end of the trip, but the wind made it too difficult to tell.

5/24/2015 Still windy, maybe 10-15kts. We started from South West Harbor @ 12:00 and went out around Great Cranberry Island. There was some significant swell up to 3ft, but options for surfing were limited since it was coming straight in from ocean to East and coast was just rocks.

We stopped for lunch around the back side of GC Island around 13:45 where I found some good lobster floats. We then went around Little Cranberry and Sutton Island. Reached the back of Sutton around 16:30. We then had a slow crossing into the wind back to Southwest Harbor around 17:30.

Saw some amazing coastline along the shore side of Somes Island. The picture doesn’t do it justice but this one area with dramatic cuts into the rock was really cool. If it was warmer there were some cool spots for rock jumping.

Low 10:30 High 16:30 it was so windy couldn’t really tell anything about the current.

5/25/2015 We went  from Sorrento Harbor to the South along the islands and the mainland. We stopped on the mainland for lunch and a break. As with the other places we paddled the coastline was just stunning.  Wind was fairly mellow peaked at 10kts. There was a bit of surf, but it just broke on the shore and it wasn’t possible to surf or play in it.
This dude has a nice collection!

Usually I am immune to boat names, but other than "Marijuana Hauler" which I saw in Florida this was pretty good!

On the way back we had an amazing encounter with a small seal. It kept looking at us and coming closer and closer. Eventually it started to put its head up on our boats and start to look like it was going to climb on the boat. At one point it nuzzled my paddle, and I scratched it under the chin like a dog. Another instance it swam upside down with its belly along my keel and the flippers running along the side of the boat.

Unfortunately my camera battery was dying, but I got a few nice photos.


It really did look like he was trying to climb up on the boat!

We launched around 11:30, we arrived at the lunch spot around 14:15, We launched about 
15:15 and returned to Sorrento by 17:45.

Truth: It always takes longer than you think to get ready.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Release date 4/19/2015

We did a circumnavigation on one of the nicest days of the year so far. 

I have been putting fake $100 bills in the bottle and offering folks $20 if they contact me.

We launched from Red Hook right at 9:30 which was high water at The Battery. This gave us only about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to Randalls Island before the current would turn against us. We had current with us, but at this point in the tide cycle it wasn't very strong. We just made at about 11:15 we landed on Randalls for a short break.

We started paddling up the Harlem River around 12:00 and made it to the stopping point at the marina on the Palisades around 13:30 to meet our friends who had come up from the Hudson. We couldn't see them at all when we crossed by the all arrived within a half hour.

We headed down the Hudson around 3:00PM and after a stop at Pier 25 arrived back in the Red Hook around 18:30 or 19:00. 

We were really unlucky with the wind since it started from the North in the Morning and turned all the way around to be from the South at the end of the day.

Truth:  Things are less expensive in the third world.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Release Date 1/25/2015

We were hog hunting in North Florida.

Early morning sun coming up
It rained for days and days before hand, but on the morning of the hunt it was clear and sunny, quite cold in the morning, but by lunch we were in our shirt sleeves.

It was small game season so we were using .22 and .22mag only.

In the first few hours one of our party managed to get two hogs within seconds of each other, with only a regular .22. Excellent shooting.

I saw some at the end of the first day, but as I was stalking them some other hunters in the area fired right nearby and it caused them to get spooked and run off.

We didn't see anything the second day, which is often the case.

Really great to be out in the beautiful outdoors enjoying the scenery.

Truth: Everybody Snores.

Yes its the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard.
The ride home at dusk. Amazing sunsets.

A view out over the swamp

The woods are very dense.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Release Date 10/18/2014

We went from Red Hook to Shooters Island in the double with a lot of other people who came from Manhattan.

It was pretty windy and it made for a long paddle down and back, although we had it much easier since we launched and landed from Brooklyn, while the others came from 42nd St in Manhattan.

A cool and overcast day, and the last one we would be able to paddle in without wearing drysuits for the year. 

Shooters Island was nice, but didn't have time to hang-out there since we had to catch the tide, and didn't want to be out in the dark when it would have gotten quite a bit colder. We will have to go back there since there was a ton of beach glass and other cool stuff on the beach.

Truth: It gets dark every day.

Release Date October 5, 2014

I went to the annual Autumn Gales event run by Kayak Wavelogoy.

We did paddling on our own on Wednesday and Thursday and participated in the sponsored paid, supervised stuff on Friday and Saturday.

 On Wednesday and Thursday it was really windy so we didn't get any actual tidal race surfing in, but we made up for that on the last two days when we surfed the flood on Friday, and both the flood and Ebb on Saturday.

The  one day that really sticks out was the last day on the ebb on Sugar Reef when the conditions were really large. I surfed some of the waves, but since we had also been out playing on the flood a few hours before I really didn't have the energy to do much on the really big stuff on the outer reef. I also got a bit seasick near the end of it when the conditions became really really large.