Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cape May Point

We are back home again, this time from our annual family trip to Cape May Point.  This time we rented the house at 318 Knox Avenue, which was very nice.  There was very little bird watching to be had due to high winds from the east.  Any birds around were hunkered down out of the wind and many must have been blown westward.  But we enjoyed our usual activities of miniature golf, biking, and walking on the beach.  One bike ride takes us by Willow Creek winery where the way they prune and support their grapes is very impressive.
And of course we had our usual brunch at the Mad Batter.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Albany, Oregon

I got back from Oregon late yesterday.  A highlight was visiting the future home of the Albany Carousel.
It is a completely volunteer undertaking and the craftsmanship is outstanding.  You can go through their workshop and see the works in progress.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Catching Up

We drove back to New Jersey on September 12th since we have so much to do here.  I spent the 14th in NYC doing pre-op stuff for my upcoming knee-replacement surgery.  Then today, we drove to north Jersey to pick up our new Tesla.  It is a great car but with a long learning curve.  It will be a long time, if ever, before I learn all the possible options.  Tomorrow I head to Oregon to visit my Dad.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

2015 Paddling Summary

Even though our stay was shortened this year, we still managed to do 17 paddles.
Ausable River
Cedar River Flow
Floodwood to Polliwog
Follensby Pond
Floodwood Rollins Loop
Fulton Chain of Lake (One to Five)
Hoel, Turtle, Slang
Little Tupper
Long Pond
North Branch of Saranac River
Piercefield Flow
Raquette River Axton to Crusher
Raquette River Axton to Falls
South Creek to Second Pond
South Creek to Weller
Stillwater Reservoir
Upper Saranac Lake

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Paddling Cedar River Flow

Today was another beautiful day for a paddle, though somewhat warm in the low 80's.  We tried to go up the Cedar River, but the water is very low and a large beaver dam blocked the way.  We figured there would be more dams upstream and that the water was probably too low to allow us to reach the lean-to.  So we just paddled about 6 miles around the flow.

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Great Quote

From the book I'm currently reading: "When Will There be Good News" by Kate Atkinson.
"Twenty-five million sperm needed to fertilize an egg, because only one will stop to ask directions."

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paddling South Creek to Second Pond

What a beautiful day for a paddle, especially since there was no wind.  The morning fog had not yet lifted when we reached Middle Saranac.
We went around Ship Island looking for the eagle but had no luck.  Then we headed for the Saranac River outlet, paddled the river, and went through the locks.
We stopped along the narrow section of Lower Saranac for lunch, choosing a spot with a beach where several folks swam.  The winds were still calm when we got to the main section of the lake and the sun started peeping through the clouds.
We paddled by Bluff Island but did not stop.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Paddling the Flow

It was very foggy this morning, so I did an early morning paddle on the Flow.  It stayed foggy the whole time I was out so it was very quiet and peaceful.

I love the way the spider webs are bejeweled by the fog.