By Vladimir Brezina
A week ago, on the last Sunday of November, the weather promised to be clear and mild—perfect for a late-fall paddle. We looked up the current predictions. In the morning, the current was flooding north. So we paddled north—from Pier 40 up the Hudson River along the West Side of Manhattan, under the George Washington Bridge and along the Palisades up to Tonetti Gardens, then returning with the ebb current in the afternoon…
It was a peaceful paddle. There were no exciting conditions, no incidents to report. But it was a beautiful day for a few photos…
We poke our boats' heads out of the Pier 40 embayment. The frenetic boat traffic of summer is all gone; the river is mostly empty.
We paddle past Fireboat 343
... past the Empire State Building
... and past Midtown Manhattan.
Under the George Washington Bridge ...
... and along the Palisades, now bare.
We land for lunch at Tonetti Gardens
... amid dozens of hikers, congregating here at the end, or beginning, of their hike along the Palisades Trail. The swing over the river is irresistible for many.
The celebrated waterfall at Tonetti Gardens
... with the ruins of its circular collecting pool.
We paddle back
... under the rockfalls of the Palisades.
The river is mirror-calm.
Across the river, the sun lights up the Yonkers riverfront.
It's still only mid-afternoon, but the sun is already playing hide-and-seek behind the Palisades.
We reach the George Washington Bridge again, with Manhattan bathed in a golden glow of the approaching sunset behind it.
The golden sunlight reflects off the water and building across the river.
We pass under the bridge.
Sunset comes early
... but the last rays of the vanished sun continue to reflect for some time off high buildings
... and, even longer, light up the high clouds above the city.
We pass the man-made Palisades of the West Side and Midtown once more.
To the west across the river, the horizon still glows.
We are almost home.
These photos, and a few others, are here.