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.
I released this message in between Tahiti and Moorea in French Polynesia. We have been traveling around the islands of French Plynesia for a few weeks. We visited several of the islands by boat and did some diving, hiking, and general site seeing. The coral is very nice here and we only saw a few spots where there was a lot die off and bleaching. All in all much healthier than anything I ever see in the Caribbean.
The fish are very used to divers, this lemon shark with a tag on it, is almost tame. As a goof I swam after it, but it ignored me.
The climate and geography are very similar to PNG, but everything is much more developed. Because there is a strong tourist industry and tons of support from the French Government everything "works". I saw this ship in the port of Papatee. It is laying fiber optic cable. The Internet was so good at our Air B-and-B that we could watch You Tube videos and use the Internet for work.
The islands seem to create their own weather patterns. The tops of the mountains are often in the clouds.
We are not far from the equator so we have been getting up early to enjoy the cool mornings and then trying to be outside doing things in the cool evenings. This is the best time of the day. During the afternoon its best to be inside or underwater. These sunrise pictures over the island of Bora Bora came out well.
I havent been paddling, but did manage to go on a hunting trip in florida.
Late October and the weather was just perfect no bugs, some windless time, and warm weather, but not really hot
There had been a huge storm and there was a lot of damage to trees and debris way up in the woods.
It was black powder season.
I spent about half my time up in a few different trees.
On the second day in the mid morning was able to shoot a hog. A group of 4 or five of them came by. I heard them from a ways away and had to wait until they came into the clearing where I was able to shoot a large female.
The monarch butterflies were on their way south for the winter, and I saw a lot of them on the goldenrod.
We buried the head to see if we could get the skull in a year or two. The boat ride back on the last day was really spectacular with the sunsetting over the gulf.
We were kayaking in Newport Rhode Island. We had gone surfing at Napatree in Stonington the day before. I mostly just watch the surf, but there was good swell and some really large waves that the others went out on. There was a bit of swell and some opportunity to do rock hopping, but I avoided that.
We put in at King Beach and paddled along the "Cliff Walk". It was warm and this will be the last trip for the drysuit. I wasn't feeling well, my arm was really bothering me, and I had to take it easy and keep the trip short.
This is a beautiful coast that contains a huge number of really dramatic mansions, so of which date back to the turn of turn of the century. We found out later that many of the largest ones are owned by the town and conservation organization and are open for tourists, although at really high prices. We sneaked into "The Breakers" Cornelius Vanderbilt's summer home. We couldn't really get inside, but got a good view of the yard and the outside of the building.
It was the third leg of our North Shore of Long Island Tour, and also Easter Sunday.
We went from Reaves Beach to Cedar Town Beach. I was trying out my new compass. I was able to read it, and get good general headings from it. It was a perfect day for paddling we had the tide, the flood started around 09:30, we launched at 10:20. There was a NW wind of between 5 and 10 knots so that helped us along our way. Weather was in the low 50s and sunny. We went past the old Shoreham Nuclear Plant. We had trouble understanding why there weren't any guards around and people had built their beach houses right next to it. Turns out it was never activated and was fully decommissioned years ago! I saw people with dogs on the shore and paddled over to check it out. One dog, a huge black lab, was biting a lobster float and trying to drag the trap to shore. He was really struggling and his master was trying to get him to "RELEASE", but he wouldn't. I pushed him with my paddle and he wouldn't let go. I then came back and was going hook my towrope to it to have the people drag the trap to shore, but I was able to grab his jowls and make him release. I was afraid he might drown he was trying so hard and his head was going under sometimes. We had a nice lunch out of the wind behind some rocks for about 45 minutes then were back on our way. I went out almost a mile to release the bottle so hopefully it doesn't go right back to the beach. Some bad erosion for some of the beach houses.
We arrived @ Cedar Beach around 16:30. We did manage to find some oysters on the way home at PJs lobster house. It was nice enough, but the oysters were very small, expensive, and not really opened with precision.