Easter Sunday Paddle

By Vladimir Brezina

IMGP5070 cropped small

The weather is finally getting warmer, and the days longer. Time for one of our favorite paddles!

In yesterday’s variant of the trip, we paddled up the East River, through Hell Gate, and past Throgs Neck out into Long Island Sound, just in time for lunch at Sugar and Spice on City Island. Then back down the East River to Hell Gate, up the Harlem River, and finally down the Hudson River home.

Here are a few photos…

Continue reading

Happy Easter!

By Vladimir Brezina

After a hard winter, spring is finally opening up…

DSC_0106 cropped small

Travel Theme: Round

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Round.

Round or square—which do you think will last longer through the coming storms?

IMGP0198 cropped

Execution Rocks Light, Long Island Sound

IMGP5331 cropped small

Thacher Island Twin Lights, Cape Ann, Massachusetts

IMGP0116 cropped small

Romer Shoal Light, New York Harbor

There’s a reason why most lighthouses are round.

On the other hand, Old Orchard Shoal Light, a round lighthouse similar to Romer Shoal Light and just a few miles away from it in New York Harbor, was swept away by Hurricane Sandy.

And the square keeper’s house of Execution Rocks Light, which survived Sandy just fine, is being converted to a Bed & Breakfast, which will probably ensure it a long life…

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is On Top.

At the Dry Salvages, off the coast of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, it’s not just birds

On top of the Dry Salvages

but other creatures, too, that like to be on top…

Typical local scenery
Hello there!

Other birds on top were here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is On Top.

There’s a law in Florida that every post must have on top of it a pelican.

Pelican on top 1
Pelican on top 2
Pelican on top 3
Pelican on top 4
Pelican on top 5

More creatures on top are here.

Everglades Challenge, Segment 4: Indian Key to Highland Beach

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

← Previous in Everglades Challenge

Across Chokoloskee Bay

Start: Indian Key, Ten Thousand Islands, Wednesday, March 5, 2 AM.
Finish: Highland Beach, Thursday, March 6, 3:30 AM.
Distance: 40 nautical miles (46 land miles).
Paddling time: 19 hours.
Stopped time (Chokoloskee, Everglades City…): 6.5 hours.
Average paddling speed: 2.1 knots.

Continue reading

The Last Seal of Winter

By Vladimir Brezina

We saw plenty of wildlife—dolphins, turtles, sharks, birds—last month in Florida. But no seals.

So yesterday we paddled down to Swinburne Island, where seals have never yet failed us, during the winter months. But spring is now, finally, upon us, with temperatures warming dramatically—time for the seals to return north, to their summer homes in Maine and Canada. We may have left it too late…

We paddled around Swinburne a couple of times, sat and scanned the water, waited expectantly… Nothing.

Then, just as we were about to leave, a lone seal head popped up.

The last seal of winter…

IMGP4746 cropped small

Continue reading