Esopus Island Paddle

I’ve had the idea of kayaking around Esopus Island stuck in my head all summer. I first became aware of it when I was perusing a map, looking for new spots to paddle. It sits in the Hudson River, near Hyde Park, very close to easy launch spots on either side of the river, at Mills Norrie State Park and Esopus Meadows Preserve.

I read up on the history of the place. The number of articles online surprised me a little. I found all the normal historical stuff typical of the Hudson Valley. It was presumed to be used by the Lenape Indians before white settlement of the area. The British anchored their fleet there before attacking Kingston during the Revolutionary War. Called Pell Island, it was part of a large estate owned by a wealthy guy named Pell.

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Oxtongue River: A Birthday Paddle Adventure

Throughout my life, I have strived to avoid working on my birthday, July 23. For the most part, I have been successful at achieving this objective, despite the fact that in my long-time job, mid-summer is a very busy time. I guess it helps to be the boss, and I can just tell the manager who takes care of scheduling that I am taking the day off. OK?

Oxtongue River canoe trip

I try to plan some kind of outdoor adventure, using the birthday excuse to avoid getting sucked into mundane chores like mowing the lawn, painting the house, etc. It is a good setup and helps give me a kick in the butt to do something fun instead of what “needs to be done.”

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Piermont Marsh Kayak

Piermont is a cool little town. It sits on the southwestern edge of the Tappan Zee, the wide spot on the Hudson River that forms a sort of a quasi-lake near the NY/NJ border.

Piermont Marsh kayaking

It has cool restaurants and shops, a bunch of expensive new condos and marinas full of fancy boats. But it also has neighborhoods filled with charming little houses and people who have lived there since long before the hipsters arrived.

The pier that gives the town its name is now a park where people can walk out and enjoy the views up and down the Hudson. It’s location and ambiance makes it a destination for road bikers from the city on summer weekends. People love Piermont; pretty much all people.

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