Getting ready to launch from Point Judith, Rhode Island. The eastern breakwater of the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge can be seen behind.
Leaving the Harbor of Refuge for the open ocean
A very calm day, so far...
We are chased by the Block Island Ferry
In international waters! Outside the three-mile limit zone along the coast of the Rhode Island mainland (seen in the far distance), while still outside the three-mile limit zone around Block Island.
Sharing the ocean (photo taken by Johna)
The cliffs of Block Island are now clear
Past the lighthouse at the northern tip of Block Island
Crab swimming in the turquoise water
Into the Great Salt Pond
We land for lunch
Under the pine trees...
... for shade
A casual summertime scene
After lunch, we paddle through the fleet of boats crowded into the Great Salt Pond
Sailboats moored together
Nothing special, just nice to look at
A relaxing afternoon on deck
One boat stands out from all the others
... an old Army tugboat (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/living-on-a-tugboat-and-part-of-a-dwindling-breed/)
Heading out of the Great Salt Pond
Johna practicing rolling...
... on the way back along the Block Island shoreline
Now with a nice tailwind and following seas, we paddle back along the long sandy beach...
... and across the open sea back to Point Judith
Approaching the beach we left from. Point Judith Light sticks out behind.
Johna lands, I follow her in...
On the other side of the breakwater, toward Point Judith Light
... a much more dynamic scene
Well-washed rocks of all sizes
Sun is declining, time to go
Leaving from Goddard Park, Greenwich Cove, Rhode Island
Paddling through the Greenwich Cove anchorage... evidently many corporate and lawyer's boats
We wonder what the flags on the Headhunter spell out...
Anchorage fringed by lush forest...
... a setting for unexpected encounters
Exercising the horses in the water
Out in Narragansett Bay, mutual photography
Newport Bridge and Newport behind (photo taken by Johna)
Gould Island on the left (photo taken by Johna)
We land on Gould Island for lunch
Lunch in the shade...
... while huge sailboats promenade by
After lunch, pushed by a brisk tailwind...
... we surf back up Narragansett Bay
Greenwich Cove again at sunset
Getting the kayaks back on the car is a little less painful each day
Setting up camp in Nickerson State Park in Brewster, Massachusetts, in the crook of the elbow of Cape Cod (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/nick.htm)
THIS time we are not forgetting our canopy tarp! (see http://windagainstcurrent.com/2011/07/14/the-sun-and-the-rain-kayaking-down-the-hudson-from-albany-to-new-york-city/)
One of the park's ponds at sunset
At the edge of the pond
Light rain at dusk
Sunrise at our campsite in Nickerson State Park
Pine forest all around
Sun is rising high, flooding the forest with light... high time to go kayaking!
Beach at East Brewster, adjacent to the campground... Wait a minute, there was water all the way up to these rocks yesterday!!
Sigh... It's low tide! We go out across the sands to find the water.
Seaweed patterns I
Seaweed patterns II
Seaweed patterns III
Seaweed patterns IV
Seaweed patterns V
Seaweed patterns VI
Finally we reach water. At least the tide is coming in...
Back across the sands to the boats
Yes, the tide is coming in, but it will be a long wait
Portage? Yes, we can!
Johna's boat is SO light, comparatively...
Mine is not (photo taken by Johna)
The promised land... or rather, water
Finally, the boats are afloat
Turquoise water over miles of sandy shallows
Then deeper blue water
Over Billingsgate Shoal off Wellfleet, out pops a seal! Totally unexpected by us in this warm water. But it turns out to be only the first of dozens...
Soon seals are frolicking all around
... coming close to the boats, not afraid
Johna converses with a seal
Johna gets out for a swim
Floating above the shoal...
... with the seals
We continue past Wellfleet Harbor toward a range of sandy cliffs (photo taken by Johna)
We name this "Cormorant Rock" :-)
Under the cliffs
Looking inland, an unexpected vista of Wellfleet Harbor
We go up the path at the back of the cliff for a view
Lunch at the edge of the cliff over the sea
View south, of the sandy shoals past which we paddled
View north, toward Provincetown
After lunch, a refreshing swim
Johna is showing off
Back past the shoals of Wellfleet
Seals in the tide rips...
...seals off the beach...
...seals hauled out on the half-submerged remnants of Billingsgate Island (photo taken by Johna, who got there first before the seals slipped into the water)
Hot and still in the late afternoon
We land back on the beach at East Brewster
NOW there is water over those sands, all the way up to the rocks!
Horseshoe crab leaves a trail
... liquid silver
Last sight of the beach
Back at camp, chopping... (photo taken by Johna)
From Chatham, Massachusetts, on the south shore of Cape Cod, we set out to circumnavigate Monomoy Island
Fortunately we have a tailwind and following seas
Out to sea, only the swells of the open Atlantic
Seals in the surf, seabirds on the sand
After discovering the hard way that Monomoy Island is in fact no longer an island, we land through dumping surf onto the steep sandbar
On the other side: Chatham Harbor
Home free in Chatham Harbor
Almost there: Stage Harbor Light in sight
We paddle into Stage Harbor in the late afternoon light
Looking back from the takeout
Golden evening glow
In the morning, Johna is happy
... despite the impressive bruises resulting from her getting out on the wrong side of her kayak during yesterday's surf landing
Breaking camp in Nickerson State Park for the drive north to Gloucester, Massachusetts
The Annisquam River in Gloucester, Massachusetts: Putting in for the start of the Blackburn Challenge, a 20-mile race around Cape Ann open to all kinds of human-powered craft (http://www.blackburnchallenge.com/Blackburn.html)
Stand-up paddleboarders are already off, with an hour's head start
Under the old railroad bridge to the start for everyone else
Johna summons up her aggressive instincts... she can be very competitive :-)
Milling about at the start line
The outrigger canoes start
Now it's our turn.... and sorry, no photos for the next four hours :-)
Beach at the finish line in Gloucester Harbor
Someone is admiring my boat! (Or else wondering how such a thing could ever stay afloat...)
Welcome for each finisher
On the right out in the water is the greasy pole (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greasy_pole)
Johna crosses the finish line
... and paddles up to the beach
All kinds of human-powered craft
A festive crowd on the beach
Johna wins a medal! (Second in the women's sea kayak class: http://www.blackburnchallenge.com/CARC_Race_Results.asp)
That night, we camp at the Cape Ann Campsite (http://capeanncampsite.net/) before driving back to New York City the next morning... end of vacation!