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.