Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Riding the Waves

Today we took advantage of that mid-day outgoing tide we discovered yesterday. We drove to Sandy Hook in the morning and left a car - which took us quite a while given the detour caused by the bridge construction. We also used the GPS to mark the spot to head to with the boat.Then after lunch, we put the boat in at home and paddled the 9 1/4 miles to Horseshoe Bay. The tides gave us a nice ride most of the way. We averaged 4.2 mph overall with very relaxed paddling. We went under the new bridge being builtand reached our top speed of 8.6 mph there. The winds were light, but the water was churned up by all the boats, though Horsehoe Bay was nice and calm.I had thought it might be fun to paddle between Sandy Hook and the beach near S's house sometime, but there is way too much boat traffic along there.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Paddling the Shrewsbury River

For our first paddle in New Jersey this fall we just put in at our dock for an exploration of the Shrewsbury River. The scenery is just a bit different from that at camp.We found a family of swans, which we also don't get in NY.We went past the sedge islands towards Sea Bright and were enjoying the ride we got from the outgoing tide until we realized that it would be very hard to paddle back against the tide. So we struggled to turn around and head back home. But it gave us a great idea for tomorrow's paddle.....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kayaking Summary 2009

Here are the paddles we did this year.

Big Moose Lake
Bog River above the falls
Bog River from Lower Dam to Upper Dam - twice
Cedar River Flow
Cheney Pond and Boreas River
Cranberry Lake from Wanakena to Dead Creek Flow
Follensby Clear to Upper Saranac Lake
Great Sacandaga Lake
Henderson Lake
Indian Lake
Lake Champlain and Ausable River
Lake Lila
Lake Placid
Long, Slang, Turtle, and Hoel Ponds
Lower Osgood River
Lower Saranac Lake
Lows Lake
Middle Saranac Lake and Weller Pond
Piseco Lake
Raquette Lake to Blue Mountain Lake
Raquette River from Stony Creek to Falls
Rollins Loop
Round Lake
South Creek to Second Pond - twice
St Regis Lakes - Lower, Upper, and Spitfire
Tupper Lake - Rock Island Bay to Bridge Brook
Upper Osgood River
West and Canada Lakes

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back to NJ

We woke up to this today.It was a sign that it was time to head south. We drove to New Jersey and got this view of "our" beach where we will take our winter strolls.Tough life.

Monday, October 12, 2009


What is better than seeing a moose by the road?Seeing all the townsfolk lining the road watching the moose. I should have taken a picture of all the people with their binoculars and cameras and of the state police who were trying to keep a bit of order, directing traffic so no one got run over. This bull moose was by the Raquette River next to Route 30. Apparently he had been there all day, meaning we drove right past him on the way to our paddle. This is one of the reasons I love this place. There are so many other folks around like us who get a thrill out of sharing their surroundings with wildlife.

End of Season Picnic

Today we paddled one more time from Lows Lower Dam to the Upper Dam in order to join the gang (about 25 of us)for a picnic. The weather was cool and cloudy, but not windy or rainy and these days that is good enough. It was great to see everyone one more time before heading south.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Kayaking Henderson Lake

We finally paddled on Henderson Lake today. It has been on my list for a fall paddle for years. Though the fall colors are past their prime, they were still neat; but would have been spectacular in the sun.We were expecting sunshine, but it didn't show up until late afternoon.The lake is small (though we managed to paddle 6 2/3 miles around it; plus the 1/3 mile portage to get to it) and is surrounded by lots of rocky cliffs and many picturesque waterfalls. This one is the creek coming in from Preston Ponds. We stopped at the lean-to near here for lunch.We finally got close to the red moss I've been seeing. It seems to be sphagnum that is changing color.
This is the size of the Hudson River as it flows out of Henderson Lake.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kayaking to Lows Lake

We had a great paddle with Linda and Edward today from Lows Lower Dam on the Bog River to Lows Lake and back, for a total of 15 1/2 miles, plus the portage. And it only took us 6 1/2 hours, including lunch at a nice campsite.This was our last large lake in the Paddle Pursuit. We didn't venture too far into the lake, as you can tell from the route marked on the map, but our explore around the islands was neat. There are lots of bits of bog various places, not just the spot in the river. We expected it to be a long ordeal, but we really enjoyed the paddle and didn't feel the distance. We are definitely in much better paddling shape than ever. I'd like to go farther into the lake the next time if we can find a day with little wind. The weather was pretty good considering what it has been like recently. We saw a bit of blue sky and the colors of the trees were magnificent. Mostly it was gray, but no rain.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Kayaking Great Sacandaga Lake

We and Linda and Edward paddled on Great Sacandaga Lake today - the next-to-last large lake on our Paddle Pursuit. We put in at the boat launch just north of the Northville bridge and paddled partway around the island opposite the campground and back for a total of about 8 miles. It was a long drive for us - about 2.5 hours - but the leaves were very pretty in spite of the gray skies. The weather was quite balmy, all of 50 degrees (which was a lot better than the 32 degress we woke up to) and we started out with very calm water.We stopped at the picnic area next to the campground for lunch. There was a large beach exposed due to the low water.The winds picked up on our way back, but they were from the south so we got a good ride.
We went to Melody Lodge outside of Speculator for a very nice dinner.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hiking Stone Valley

9 of us (8 women and W) hiked down the east side of Stone Valley today. The 3-mile hike to cars spotted at the other end was a perfect length. While the weather was gray, it didn't actually rain until we were at our post-hike lunch at the Hideaway Cafe just outside of Colton on Route 68. A very popular place with good food. There wasn't a lot of water in the river, but it was still picturesque.And there were LOTS of fungi around. Including this beauty.