Sunday, June 11, 2006

Release Date 6/9/2006

Paddled From Manorhaven in Long Island to Orchard Beach via Hart Island.

It took a while to find a launch spot. The original plan was to launch out on the tip of Sands Point, but it was all mansions and private. A jogger pointed me to the town park in Manorhaven. I paid the $10 resident fee to park and launch.

It was a beautiful day after a steady week of cloudy weather and rain.Sunny, and very little wind. The Sound was completely flat, when I launched at about 10:00. You could have water skied on it. It reminded me of when I was a kid and we would get up early and ski in the Gulf for a few hours before the wind started.

It took about an hour to cross to Hart Island. Saw lots of guys fishing, and the spooky Prison keep off signs, and Cross made of Stone. The island is run by the prison system, and they bury indigent people there, presumably with Prison labor. Must be lots of bad Vibes. The Cross on the hill is made of stone, and can be seen from a long way off.

Tried to land at Orchard beach, but was shooed off. Went around back. Found official kayak launch spot, but you can't circumnavigate Hunter Island that contains the park, it has been filled in.

Released the bottle on the return trip at about 15:00. The little white speck on the LHS in the background is the excution rocks light-house. The land on the RHS is Sands Pt.

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