Friday, September 15, 2017

Release Date 9/10/2017

We did a hook to hook paddle. Sandy to Red...

Left about 14:20 on 9/9/2017 from Red Hook and had a really fast paddle to the Verazano It was just one hour total. We had a light wind at our back and perfect current planning.





We met up with some CIBBOWS swimmers who were doing the same trip. I broke off from the paddlers and played swimmer escort for a few hours. The swimmers took a much more easterly route and we had great current.

Eventually it got too late, they pulled my swimmer and I paddled in some significant swell over toward the campsite and amazingly met the rest of my group about 45 minutes before they reached the beach.

The campout was great with lots of fun people and really amazing grilled lamb and kielbasa as the main course. We had car support to bring the heavy food and drinks.

For breakfast the leftover lamb, sausage, and rice was mixed with some duck eggs for a really filling breakfast.





The paddle back was much more difficult. Wind was about 15 knots so against the current it slowed us down and also made for some real swell.

We took a break at the lighthouse south of the Swinburne. There was yet another dead seagull on the top of the lighthouse just like we found on our Ft. Wadsworth trip.

We then went up to Swinburne and the Sebago folks departed off to coney island creek. We were exhausted and hungry so stopped at Voodoo beach. At this point the current had turned and we opted for a motor tow home since we found a kind soul to break away from the Bills game and save us. The tow worked great and we took 5 boats home to Red hook 2 empty and three full on the tow.


Release Date 9/8/2017

Went for a ride in new motorboat.

We went out for a shakedown cruise and met a friend in a kayak.

We tried some highspeed kayak towing which ended in some exciting times. For short bursts we had some amazing surfs. We couldn't push enough water through to stay up on the wake without towing.

3 Full size men in the boat it performed ok, but not great. It still worked ok when we added a forth and went for burgers and Lavender Lake.

I went out a few days earlier with just 2 people and drove much better. In the Newtown creek we were able to open it up and plane and really fly down the creek. Saw a seaplane landing that snuck right up on us, it would have been interesting if he had landed a few minutes early since it went a lot faster than we did.

Truth: Its hard to see in the dark.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Release date 8/10/2017

I released this message in French River Prince Edward Island Canada.

I was taking a canoe trip from cousins beach to French River. It was a really nice paddle along the coast. Dramatic sandstone cliffs, sea caves, and little pocket beaches. Unfortunately it was a canoe and it got pretty rough so I was afraid to take my camera out to take photos.

Before the wind came up we actually saw a lot of, 5, lobsters just crawling along the bottom. In the future I want to bring a net and catch bag to grab some!

Truth: Caves are dark.
a string of mussels on a farm.
A view of French River Bay from the hilltop.



sunrise over the gulf of St. Lawrence.







A few days before the PEI trip I did a trip on the Mississippi river in a house boat. It was a real blast we traveled up and down the river for a few days. The boat was slow, but we could stop at beaches to swim and hang-out, and we always had our kitchen and bed with us at all times.

stocking up before trip. Total Wine was great, especially because I won the toss and didn't have to pay!

an old storefront in a river town.

the boat on a beach. No tide means easy docking!

The captain supplied an amazing bottle of wine that we had with steaks on the grill.

the view from the kitchen.

The boat at a dock at a the national eagle center.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Release date 7/21/2017

We went out for a ride on the east river in our boat from the Brooklyn bridge Marina.

It was a really nice evening the sun had just set over manhattan and there was a nice pink glow over the buildings and bridges.

Its much easier to avoid the ferries and commercial traffic when under motor power, but this boat is a still a bit too slow to really get out of the way quickly.

Truth: Oil and Water do not mix.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Release Date 6/9/2017

I Released this message at Valentino Pier in Red Hook Brooklyn.

I did a kayak trip with the Red Hook Boaters as part of Outdoor fest.

We had a nice paddle to the South in a slowly increasing ebb tide. We entered the Gowanus Canal and went in about a mile almost to the Smith & 9th St. Bridge.

Truth: Some energy is good.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Release Date 6/7/2017

I released this message in the East River after a VERY busy weekend doing the Figment Festival.
See for details and photos from Figment.

I stopped by new berth to check out my motor launch and do a bit of bailing.

Truth: New Things are Fun
The new boat at the dock

Celebrating successful voyage

Why I avoid sidewalk cafes in NYC.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Release Date 5/21/2017

I released this message under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge just as the flood was starting around 13:00.

We had been camping at Fort Wadsworth at the NPS campground we paddled down the day before and then spent the night. We got a tour of the main fort which was really interesting. Its a shame it hasn't been used for something. Its just slowly decomposing over the years. Most of it is actually underground to protect it.
this smokey the bear poster seemed kind of weird

It was still a bit cold on the weekend, even though it was in the 90s a few days the week before. An overcast and windy day on Saturday made it even cooler.

The trip back was great because we had a strong wind that was almost directly behind us the whole way.

We invented a new game called "Sponge Slap" I don't recommend it - cold wet bailing sponge to the face.

I took the Tide Race down and the paddled the double on the way back. I used my Greenland paddle the whole time because its easier on my arm. I wore a brace and didn't seem to have any ill effects even after a few hours.

Truth: Sometimes you have to walk.