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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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Sunrise in the bayou, Louisianna. (photo by Matt Nussbaum)

I love it when a friend sends me a photo. I do have to admit, I miss the days of getting a print in the mail. You know, something to hang on the refridgerator. I still keep boxes of old prints and have a great time exploring them on a rainy afternoon.

The photo above was taken by my friend Matt. We actually met on a photo shoot. For some reason, we hit it off immediately. I think it was because we are just generally nice guys.

Matt used to live in the area, I know he misses the water up here, we talk about it when we catch up on the phone. These days he is exploring the waters near New Orleans. We visit each other from time to time. It’s great to get together and do some kayaking.

We have been talking a little about taking a trip, doing a little exploring. Costa Rica is on our list.

If you have a photo you would like to share and is water related, pass it along and maybe we can get it up on the blog. Or better yet, maybe it will find its way to the fridge.

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The sun sets in the western sky, illuminated the Catskill Mountains.

The sun sets in the western sky, illuminating the Catskill Mountains.

There is a quiet hush that I feel when I see the sun rising or setting. It is emotional. A beginning, a closing, marking time? I hope not. I like to think of it as a celebration.

Seeing the sun illuminating the landscape with soft colorful light makes me feel alive. It refreshes and relaxes me. It makes me contemplate life. It makes me realize how small I am in the world.

As I stare in amazement toward the light, it blinds me at times, changes my vision after being captivated by its rays.

I think about what I have in life. I think about what I am losing as my dad fades by the disease that has ripped his body from his mind. He is fighting a losing battle with ALS.

I have grown up on the Hudson with my dad and my grandfather and then later, shared the river with my daughters. I have watched the sun rise over the source of the Hudson, Lake Tear of the Clouds, and have watched it set near the sea, in Manhattan. From paddling with Edie on crisp September mornings to watching the light fade behind her kayak as we head back to Rhinecliff on a summer evening, every one of them has a special memory associated with it.

We should cherish and share them with the ones we love.

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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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A couple enjoys a recent tour on the Hudson River.

A couple enjoys a recent tour on the Hudson River.

We have been busy taking out tours and enjoying the summer weather. The water is warm and there is usually a great breeze on the river, making morning and evening paddles extremely popular. If you see your summer slipping by and have not got a chance to enjoy the water, now is the time. Not to scare you, but Labor Day weekend will be here before you know it.

Paddling along in Tivoli Bay, under the watchful eye of a heron.

Paddling along in Tivoli Bay, under the watchful eye of a heron.

We would love to take you out on a two or four hour tours, and spend some time sharing the wonderful Hudson River with you.

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Camping from kayaks.

Camping from kayaks.

What have you been up to this summer? Are you having fun? We are!

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Paddling a quiet cove.

We thought it would be a great time to share images from some of our recent tours. We have had so much fun sharing the beauty of the Hudson Valley with our clients.

Our river has so much to offer, quiet gentle mornings, challenging open water waves, and aspiring sunsets.

Enjoying a sunset during a Tivoli Bay tour.

Our clients enjoying a sunset during a Tivoli Bay tour.

If you need a little more fun in your summer, give us a call. We can get you there.

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Fun near the falls.

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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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