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During a recent trip to Tivoli Bays guests navigate past large rocks.

One of our favorite places to take our guests is Tivoli Bays. We get to explore the winding marsh area before traveling under the railroad bridge into the Hudson River. Just before the bridge the bay opens up and gives an amazing view of the Catskill Mountains. It’s quite breathtaking.

Once out into the river we work our way around the two islands, Cruger and Magdalen. Usually we are treated to the sights of Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and White Egrets.

Some where along the line we find a nice place to beach our kayaks and enjoy lunch. And maybe get a swim in too.

The Catskill Mountains backdrop the bay.

After a healthy lunch we work our way along the islands and the railroad tracks back toward the marsh. Right now the Cardinal flowers are in full vivid bloom.

It you haven’t got out to enjoy the bay yet, contact us. We would be happy to share the beauty with you.

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Kayaking the Hudson River near Kingston Point.

Ok, there is no doubt about it. Summer is here, and we are out on the water having fun! We have taken guests out all weekend, from Kingston Point, Rhinecliff and Tivoli Bays, even North Lake, we’re on the water and loving it.

Bald eagles enjoying a meal near the Rondout Creek.

We have seen bald eagles, otters, beaver, and tons of other cool things. Fish jumping, lightning bugs hatching and yes even fireworks.

So what did you do over the holiday weekend? Did you go out? Think about going out? What’s the hold up? Come out with us and enjoy the water.

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Two of our guests experience the magic of Tivoli Bays on Sunday.

There is so much beauty to see when you paddle Tivoli Bays, which is made up of two large coves surrounded by wooded bluffs. It is one of our favorite places to introduce people to the water.  From the tidal marsh you get an amazing view of the Catskill Mountains when looking off to the west. Right now all but the highest peaks are covered in spring green.

A turtle rests on a stump in the sun in Tivoli Bays.

As we navigated through the bays we saw narrowleaf cattail (Typha angustifolia), spatterdock (Nuphar advena) and wild rice (Zizania aquatica) interspersed with purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and common reed (Phragmites australis). We also notice larges patches of yellow iris in bloom.

During the tours we spotted great blue herons, a pair of bald eagles, and a green heron.

It is very important to keep the tides in mind when exploring the bays. There is about a four hour window of time around high tide which allows access to the  many wonderful inlets.

As we wound up the tour we drifted up to the north end where the Stony Creek empties into the bay. As we approached the gurgling fresh water, we were greeted by the cool breath of air spilling over the sun-warmed water of the bay. One can only comprehend this magical kiss from the fresh water by experiencing it.

Join us sometime.

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A heron on the Rondout Creek jetty

A heron on the Rondout Creek jetty.

I woke to my alarm and have begun to work on my list. What a difference a day can make. I will spare the words and share the photos. Enjoy the day!

Amazing coffee.

Amazing coffee.

The sun rises in the eastern sky over the Hudson River on Friday.

The sun rises in the eastern sky over the Hudson River on Friday.

The morning light changes quickly.

The morning light changes quickly.

The herons are back in full force along the river.

The herons are back in full force along the river.

Working on balance in the blue boat.

Working on balance in the blue boat.

Picking up trash on the ramp in Rhinecliff.

Picking up trash on the ramp in Rhinecliff.

I think this is a good start on my list. A good start for the day.

Herons circle the moon.

Herons circle the moon.

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A heron fishes in a small bay near the Rondout Lighthouse.

The sun poked out around 6am and a heron became illuminated in the soft light of the early morning sun. It has been a rare sight lately, the sun. I seems like it has rained constantly for the last 10 days. It was really nice to see it rise while out paddling.

The morning light is one of my favorite times to photograph the Hudson River and the life it supports. It is soft and warm, delicately lighting the western shore of the Hudson, than as it rises higher, the eastern shore. The nice thing about a sunrise is that you still have the whole day ahead of you. No worries about staying out too late and it getting dark.

It looks like the weekend will have its fair share of showers. Well, grab your raincoat and a hat, it’s a nice time to go out as long and there is not any pending thunderstorms.

Use great care, and  NOAA to check the weather.

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A heron in flight over the waters of the Hudson River.

A heron in flight over the waters of the Hudson River.

The herons are back. I counted 27 last evening while out paddling north of Rhinecliff. As I made my way along the shore on the return, I thought 27… 27…  oh… and then the Mike Doughty song “27 Jennifers” popped into my head. Doughty’s songs are a great combination of irony and introspect. As I continued to paddle, I realized the water chestnuts are growing in full force along the shores, giving the birds a more protected fishing area. Is it the over abundance of these plants that has produced higher numbers of the herons? Afterall, they are an invasive species of plant robbing the water of oxygen. The Cary Institute has tons of information on the plants.

As the summer approaches, the plants will take over many of the quiet coves along the Hudson. So before they do, get out and explore the quiet waters now. Oh, and check out Mike Doughty.

Friday’s tides; high – 1:11pm, low – 7:27pm

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