Wednesday, 18 May 2011.
At Pier 40 in Manhattan, ready to load the car for the drive to Albany
All that stuff on the left somehow has to fit into the two kayaks on the right...
At the boat launch in Albany, Johna is trying to make it happen...
And we're off!!
Motto for the trip
The USS Slater (photo taken by Johna)
Otherwise, Albany is boring
The Port of Albany (photo taken by Johna)
Geese are everywhere
Jungle lines the riverbank
... with the occasional jungle hut (photo taken by Johna)
Water is very high
Johna paddling along...
The Castleton-on-Hudson bridges come into view
There are two of them, the light and the dark
Overgrown industrial ruins
The Alexandra and the Maria, cement barges (photo taken by Johna)
It gets very dark
Gliding along at dusk
Tonight's campsite is in sight! ... Stockport Middle Ground, the island behind the flashing red buoy in the distance
Thursday, 19 May 2011.
Waking up at our campsite on Stockport Middle Ground
Everything is wet
... and lush
Downed trees abound
View across the river
Breakfast with barge
The campsite has civilized amenities
Neither were *these* left by the Indians
We are taking it with us as a souvenir
On the beach, giant bird tracks have appeared overnight... (probably just a goose :-) )
Sunshine and blue sky transform the scene
Revealed on the beach by the receding tide
On our way again
At Athens, we come upon an ancient ship
It's the Half Moon! (Replica of Henry Hudson's ship of 1609: http://www.halfmoonreplica.com/livinghistory.htm)
Marine ruins at Athens
Vast formation of geese overhead
Approaching Catskill Bridge
Catskills in the distance
Canadians heading home
There is always a convenient log
Shallow roots in sandy soil
Catskills across the river
Cormorants with young on their favorite nesting structure
Hugging the shore to avoid opposing current
Saugerties Lighthouse (now a Bed & Breakfast: http://www.saugertieslighthouse.com/logbook/)
Landed on Magdalen Island
Unpacking the boats (photo taken by Johna)
A relatively flat, relatively treeless space for our tent...
Then an evening stroll through the woods
... to a rocky overlook of the river and the distant Catskills. We are hoping for a sunset...
... but instead a terrific thunderstorm materializes, and doesn't let up for hours
Friday, 20 May 2011.
In the morning, the woods of Magdalen Island are filled with light
Leaving Magdalen Island
The current is with us, for the moment
Rhinecliff Bridge has been visible in the distance ever since yesterday...
... finally coming up to it!
Kingston Lighthouse (photo taken by Johna)
Esopus Meadows (Middle Hudson River) Lighthouse
Arriving at Esopus Island
Beautiful campsite... but we still have a long way to go today
The mossy rock terraces of Esopus Island
It's hard to leave such an idyllic island
A tributary of the Hudson
Unexpected sight in Crum Elbow of the Kristin Poling, our old friend from New York Harbor
At lunch in a waterside restaurant ( :-) ) at Highland, across the river from Poughkeepsie, a goose family
Begging for scraps
The goose family accompanies us as we re-launch under the Poughkeepsie Bridge
Thundershower as we approach Danskammer Point
The Beacon-Newburgh Bridge
First sight of the Hudson Highlands
Camp at Denning Point, just south of Beacon... sunset over Newburgh, across the river
Saturday, 21 May 2011.
Roadside sign that we observed near the restaurant at Highland yesterday. Devastating earthquakes are predicted to usher in the Rapture today! Looking forward to it!
In the morning everything is quiet, however, at our campsite... the river is shrouded in fog
Nothing is visible to the north
To the south, Pollepel Island can just be made out...
But our campsite is colorful
Early morning fishermen join us
The fog is lifting
Blue sky over the Highlands
We launch toward Pollepel Island
Looking back (photo taken by Johna)
A perfect day
Bannerman's Castle on Pollepel Island
Bannerman's Castle is crumbling away (but restoration efforts are now picking up: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/05/22/nyregion/20110522VISUALss-7.html)
Crumbling battlements (photo taken by Johna)
Kayakers' gate to Bannerman's Castle ;-)
Contemplating the ruins (photo taken by Johna)
Storm King Mountain behind (photo taken by Johna)
Encounter off West Point (photo taken by Johna)
The Mystic Whaler
Landed at Arden Point... or, washerwoman in a landscape with the distant prospect of a castle :-)
Lunch at Arden Point
Arden Point too has distinct camping potential
Paddling on toward Bear Mountain Bridge
Steep rocky banks
... covered with pine woods
Approaching Bear Mountain Bridge
Indian Point nuclear power station
In Haverstraw Bay... but another nasty-looking thunderstorm is brewing
We are apprehensive
... and land in a local park
Sunshine soon returns
... and we continue across Haverstraw Bay toward Croton Point
Late afternoon sunshine
Landed at tonight's campsite on Croton Point
Finally, a real sunset!
Sunset is appreciated better with a flask of Scotch
Sunday, 22 May 2011.
From Croton Point across the Tappan Zee
Approaching the Tappan Zee Bridge
Disused power station at Yonkers
Familiar skyline appears (photo taken by Johna)
Negotiating a pillar of the George Washington Bridge against the current
Back to New York City traffic
Mission (almost) accomplished!