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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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The sun sets over the Hudson River in Rhinecliff on Monday evening.

The sun sets over the Hudson River in Rhinecliff on Monday evening.

We have had a wonderful season of paddling. It has been our pleasure to take so many clients out on the Hudson and Tivoli Bays over the past several months.

With autumn upon us, our season winds down. We will be taking out just a few fall folliage tours before the water temps dip too low.

It is my hope to paddle up to the first snowfall again this year. Equipped with the right outerwear to stay dry, warm and safe.

Please continue to check the blog. We will continue to post photographs and thoughts on the river and beyond.

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This pair of bald eagles and a juvenile bird was sighted near Rhinecliff during Monday's sunset tour.

A pair of bald eagles and a juvenile bird was sighted near Rhinecliff during Monday's sunset tour.

We spend a lot of time on the Hudson River and get a chance to see amazing wildlife out on the water. Throughout the season our guests have gotten to see many eagles during our tours, but during last night’s sunset tour we came across this pair of eagles with two young birds in one of the back bays along the river.

We sat and watched the birds for quite some time. They were curious and allowed us to view them from our kayaks. After sitting a while we paddled off in peace, leaving the birds to there roosting, heading back t0 Rhinecliff in the light of the setting sun. What a beautiful evening.

Join us, we will share the wonders of the Hudson River with you.

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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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On these hot summer days mid-day temperatures can be quite hot. Not the most comfortable time to paddle or hike. If you want to work up a sweat and get a good workout, going for a bike ride might be your ticket for a hot afternoon.  Pick a shady route and take plenty of water. You will be surprised how the wind from your speed keeps your body cool. At least that is my experience.

Speaking of bike rides, Scenic Hudson is organizing a Farmland Cycling Tour on September 26 beginning at 9am at Poet’s Walk in northern Dutchess County. They have rides ranging from 15-60 miles. There is a $15 donation which will help them continue their great work. Grab a map and tours our beautiful Hudson Valley.

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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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The Hudson River, early in the morning.

The Hudson River, early in the morning.

Grab your kayak and the sunscreen, it looks like Saturday is going to offer up some great weather. The forecast is for a sunny, 81 degree day. While you are out there keep an eye out for floating logs in the Hudson River. The heavy rains and high water has scoured up a lot of debris from the shores of the river.

High tide for Tivoli is around 4pm, so it will be a good time to hit the bays for an afternoon paddle.

Have fun. If you don’t have a boat, and want to go out, give us a call.

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