25 August 2009

Southward Expansion

This vessel (Gypsum Integrity: 300 feet long) came sailing by us near the end of our southward expansion. The "bridge" is located on THE SIXTH STORY! Needless to say we changed course and let him pass!

"Yesterday, all my rudders seemed so far away!!!

So far away as in the little island viewed to the south while crossing the Rip that is. For the past 6 months I have been meaning to set sail to the ruml-ess regions south of Catskill Point and visit the tiny little uncharted deserted isle.

Yesterday we did, hence yesterday and so far away as clues in the opening sentence. Nice flow southward with a maritime breeze at my back I paddled the Acadia 11.5 stealth on a search and rum-scue mission. I paddled south of the point and did not see the island. In fact the island is almost half way to the cement plant and very close to the outflow of the Jansen Kill.

I figgered it took two miles of paddlin to get thar!

Not much on the island. The fascinating part was shallow depths coming out of the Jansen Kill. At 100 yards out to sea the water was only 8 inches deep! To top it off there is the Roeliff Jansen Kill YACHT CLUB on the landlubber side of the train trestle! The lagoon at Tropic-Al's is deeper than the port at the YACHT CLUB(?)!

Afterward we sailed north against strong currents and a HUGE SHIP all headed the other way. Turns out we found rum flowing at a Mariner's Harbor outpost. So we can now put Port O'CAll on the patrol and hope for a write off on the paddling to get there.

Afterwards we set up the Element for a rendezvous at Dockside, my former favorite watering hole in Athens. Former because the food is too expensive for what you get, little variety on the menu and THE "MARGARITA/ICE CRUSHER I DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE TROPICAL DRINKS WITHOUT THE MACHINE" MACHINE was broken. I found this out after 10 minutes of waiting for a Pina Colada. Meanwhile all the other tables got their drinks.

Funny think the winch tending tables knows I usually drink Moosehead when there. I it were me I would have brought myself a Moosehead on the house apologizing for the

I pulled up anchor leaving the cook still making my grub and went home.




18 August 2009

Salvage Mission a Success

It has been awhile since we sailed the Hudson. But we went out This morning at the 7AM hour. Stopped off at Riverside Cafe' for some jolt and a bun. Nice place but the prices threw me overboard. $3.49 for a 12 ounce coffee and hard roll.

Stewart House continues it's strange ways. They promised a cafe' sidewalk style along with inside seating and a farmers market. I saw the produce from a local farm at it was enticing. However the cafe' and market disappeared quicker than a mermaid on the high seas.

Here it is mid-summer and finally the weather co-operates and Stewart House is only open from 5-9 Wed- Friday. Quite often as well the outside river side bar is closed. Quite strange indeed.

Our mission was to procure some planking for Tropic-Al's BBQ up shore a bit. We succeeded in hauling in several pieces of driftwood that are now awaiting placement.

The trip took about three hours and about five land miles round trip.


Captain of Lowest Class

Parsons W. Wayneright