Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Release Date 6/7/2008
I released this message off of the mouth of the Gowanus canal late on Saturday night 6/7/08. I paddled down to some abandoned piers to have a picnic with some friends after spending the day doing volunteer work for the Red Hook Boaters in Red Hook. It was brutally hot all day, but cooled off after it rained later in the evening.
We made a charcoal fire and grilled some sausages, corn, and then ate a Key Lime Pie from Steve's Key Lime pie. This is a neat forgotten spot in the Harbor, and hopefully we can enjoy it for a few more years until they build high-priced housing on it. We often find old bottles and pottery here from the pier's previous use in the late 1800s, and early 1900s.
There is a lot of trees and plant life growing in the cracks in the pavement, and even on topsoil that is forming on the cement. Sections of it are lined with honey suckle plants, see the picture above over my left shoulder.
Just after sunset we saw a big storm blowing in. We huddled down in the crevices while it blew over and cooled us off, then finished up the bourbon and headed home. I didn't get back to the pier until almost midnight.
It's cooler at night.