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The Esopus Meadows lighthouse during a light rain shower on the Hudson River.

Showers in the forecast? No worries, as long as thunderstorms are not predicted.

I have to say, there is no more peaceful paddling on the Hudson River then when it is raining. The gentle burbling of the raindrops hitting the water, cooling you off in the summer heat. It also seems to have a calming effect on the wildlife, which allows you to get a little closer for photographs.

Speaking of photos, the light during a rain gives dramatic effects to photographs. The soft light saturates colors and enhances mood. The shot above of the Esopus Meadows lighthouse is a great example of photography in the rain.

So don’t put off that paddle if there is rain predicted, enjoy it.

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The leaves are turning green and the water is warming up.

The weather has taken that turn, you know, when there are more sunny days than gray rainy ones. It is once again time to get back out on the water. We are gearing up for another wonderful season with our friends who share our love for the water. We also look forward to introducing the water-soothing experience with many new people in the upcoming season. If you are looking for a fun, safe experience, drop us a line. We can get you there.

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It's spring and we are back out on the Hudson River.

It is SPRING!

We have had a great winter, but now it is time to clean up the boats and get back out on the water. I pulled one of the boats down and opened the hatch, a couple of left over objects from last season. A few really cool rocks, a Nalgene bottle I thought I lost, still filled with water, and a trusty stern light.

After sorting thought all the right safety gear, getting on the appropriate clothes, Edie, Sam and I headed out to paddle. Wow, does it feel good to be back on the water.

We had so much fun on Thursday that we ventured back out on Saturday. Guess what we saw? Our first heron of the season up in Tivoli Bay.

Stop back soon, we will be updating the blog regularly again.

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Music and the outdoors. It’s a great combination. And the latest offering from Eddie Vedder and our friends from Pearl Jam have brought it all together for us in their new album Backspacer. Give it a listen.

Water swirls in the Kaaterskill Creek.

Water swirls in the Kaaterskill Creek.

Amongst the Waves

What used to be a house of cards
Has turned into a reservoir
Saved the tears that were waterfalling

Let’s go swim tonight, darling
& Once outside the undertow
Just you & me & nothing more
If not for love I would be drowning
I’ve seen it work both ways, but I am up

Riding high amongst the waves
I can feel Like I
Have a soul that has been saved
I can feel like I
Put away my early grave

Gotta say it now
Better loud
Than too late

Remember back the early days
When you were young & thus amazed
Suddenly the channel changed
The first time you saw blood

Cut to later, now you’re strong
You’ve bled yourself, the wounds are gone
It’s rare then where is nothing wrong
Survived & you’re amongst the fittest
Love ain’t love until you give it up

Riding hi amongst the waves
I can feel like I
Have a soul that has been saved
I can see the light
Coming through the clouds in rays

Gotta say it now
Better loud
than too late

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The Rondout Lighthouse in the glow of the early morning sun.

There is nothing better to clear your mind then to head out in the cloak of darkness and catch the sunrise on the Hudson River. The hard part, of course, is actually getting your butt up and getting out there before the sun comes up and the moon vanishes in the bright sky.

This morning was a perfect October morning, the moon almost full. Sunday was the actual full moon, and it shone brightly on the rippling surface of the river. Going out that early, it is almost certain you will have the river to yourself. Except for all the birds.

Waves on the Hudson River.

Waves on the Hudson River.

As I crossed the Hudson from Rhinecliff, all the seagulls were working their way over to the jetty by the lighthouse. It seemed that there were many more than usual, but I think they were just gathering together to huddle up and keep warm. I worked my way over to the entrance of the Rondout Creek to catch the sun coming up behind the lighthouse pictured above.

After shooting several photographs I worked my way over along the western shore up to Kingston beach before pointing my bow into the sun and heading back across the river.

The current this morning was quite strong, the tide was low and still going out, pulling the kayak down river. I kicked the rudder a bit to correct my direction and worked my way to the shore. I pulled my boat up the ramp and rolled it back to the house. What a wonderful way to start the day.

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York Harbor Maine looking out into the Atlantic Ocean.

York Harbor Maine looking out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Being around the water has taught me many things. Among them, to always respect the power of water and never under estimate how unforgiving it can be. During a recent trip to Maine, I was once again reminded.

The waves in the ocean can offer challenging and exciting paddling, but when you combine that with the pending strength of a hurricane, conditions get magnified ten-fold. Undertow, riptides and crazy currents all have a huge effect on paddling the ocean and harbors along the coastline. When I was paddling in the harbor I could see one of the local tour companies towing in one of their clients after having to fight the current and tiring. As I paddled along I could feel the boat being tossed around by the eddies and whirlpool that were created by the tide going out. As I reached the Atlantic I found huge waves crashing into the jetty that protected the harbor. Even small boats turned around, not risking a battle with the waves.

A paddler must keep an eye on the ever-changing conditions of the water. In the Hudson, just the turn of the tide and a good south wind can quickly turn the river into white-capped chop.  If you are going out for a multi-hour paddle watch the tide, paddle against it on the way out and be kind to yourself and float along with it on the way home.

Be safe, and always wear your PFD.

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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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