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So much paddling going on

October 7th, 2009 @ 10:52pm


Hello all. I started this blog with full force and then dropped down to barely using it since May! No, I haven't stopped paddling. On the contrary, I am paddling every chance I get. Every time I am on my PC, I am typically surfing the net for my kayaking gear and forget to visit my own blog for a new entry. Well here's to catching up. Many trips to note but I will focus on the special trips. First on the list was my trip to the Thimble Islands in Connecticut and the Connecticut River with the Long Island Paddlers (LIP). Both just serene. It was my first real trip on my new Tempest. With landscape like no other, I was impressed by the immensity of the homes built on these islands. The local town seems to prosper from food service as good food was not hard to come by. Unfortunately, the weather was overcast but the paddle was quite enjoyable and worth a revisit in the future. The next one that comes immediate to mind is the Port Jefferson kayak/camping trip with the LIP. This is one of my favorite trips. We paddled and paddled and paddled. Then... Read More

 



Paddling with the company of a Swan

May 24th, 2009 @ 2:36pm


The title to this entry is not a symbol nor a play of words. This morning I decided to take a trip through the Nissequogue. It's close to home and always a pleasant trip. While paddling I got to see some graceful breathes of Spring as I witnessed a Doe with a fawn, Swans coasting in the breeze with their wings cradled just right to coast, Canadian Geese with their little hatchlings waddling around, a couple of Robins attacking a hawk from being to close to their nest and a few Egrets nesting here and there. But all of this grace was nothing compared to my remaining trip. As I reached a 3 mile stretch, I decided to turn back. Primarily because I left my water bottle in the car! Anyway, I pulled over to a marshy spot just so I can adjust the backrest on my kayak. As soon as I turned around to move on, there is a Swan looking at me playfully only 4 feet away. Wow. What does he want? Food? Doesn't look like it. Any way, I paddle onward to head back and say "bye" to the swan as I head off. Strangely he seemed... Read More

 



Gearing up.

May 10th, 2009 @ 12:07am


As I continue to take instructions in kayaking, I am learning many more lessons in "Gearing up". With today's instructions focused on gearing up properly, I've scoured the Internet and found the following web page to have a very well thought-out list: http://www.aquadynology.com/packing1.html

 



The Long Island Paddlers website gets a facelift

April 30th, 2009 @ 8:25pm


After just a few months of quietly building a new website, I am the proud creator of the all new LIPADDLERS.ORG website. Released on April 27th, 2009 If you haven't seen it yet, go to: www.lipaddlers.org Attention existing members: Please login to see the extra features and pages reserved only to our members. (i.e. message board, trip details, directory, etc...)

 



Learning some rescue and recovery techniques

April 26th, 2009 @ 4:34pm


As the title states, I spent Sunday afternoon at the Long Island Paddlers Skill's Day class where I was taught and trained on a few rescue and recovery techniques. I must say right away that this class, or any class similar, is invaluable. I mean it. You can't put a price on learning how to rescue yourself or someone else. One class may be enough to get some knowledge in but it is obvious to me that more than one class is needed. There is still much to learn and I am willing to learn it all. After all, I want to cross the sound to Connecticut. But not unprepared ( nor alone! ). From self rescues, to assisted rescues, to just the basics of maneuverability, it is highly recommended that you learn every aspect of kayaking safety. Naturally, I initially felt like I had enough knowledge to go out to many trips confidently with my SOT kayak but as soon as I brought this sea worthy touring kayak, I knew I had some training to do. Nothing impossible...just necessary. That isn't to say that SOT kayaks are safe and self explanatory. Not at all. In fact SOT kayaks might... Read More

 



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