A stunningly beautiful day up in Cold Spring
The plan was to paddle south on the ebb to the bridge then return on the flood. As the day wore on we decided instead to do a 1-way trip to peekskill and get a cab to go back and get the cars.
We paddled South in a light wind and bright sunlight. The trees were just starting to turn, the peak was probably a week or two away.
We had a great view of West Point. I once did a race on this exact same course when I was in fighting shape 8 or so years ago, and I paddled right by West Point chasing the guy who was right in front of me, who was in his 20's and I never caught. I never even noticed West Point!. At any rate it was cool to see the giant castle that is their main building. It pretty much says "piss off we are the USA we will kill you". A huge imposing stone castle like building hanging over the Hudson with not many windows.
We stopped for lunch at a little beach that had kayak racks and lockers.
We then continued South to the location of the "waterfall" when we got to the head of the inlet the waterfall was just trickle. This is an old part of the country. Some brick ruins had a huge London Plain tree growing right in the middle of what used to be a building.
After some discussion we decided to make it a one-way trip to Annsvile Creek in Cold Spring. This is where I took my first kayak classes with Atlantic Kayak Tours, who are still in business, but don't run the concession on the creek any more. It was probably in the 1990s when I took those classes so that's 20 years!!!
On the way we could see the top of Break Neck Ridge the hiking hill. It is super steep and you can really see how it got its name. The picture doesn't do it justice.
It was a fun trip down memory lane to go under the railroad bridge into the embayment. We got out at the paddlesport center, which was closed.
After some screwing around we arranged a taxi shuttle and I fortunately didn't need to go, so i did some boat maintenance. It got cloudy but was till in the 50s when all of a sudden it started to SNOW. It was very light and melted immediately, but was a hell of a thing so early in the year. I hope its not going to be one of those years....
|Snow on the hood of the car with kayaks in the reflection.|
truth: sometimes a round trip turns into a one way trip.