Sandy Hook Paddle with Kayak Cowgirl

By Vladimir Brezina

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On Sunday, we were joined on our regular Sandy Hook paddle by our friend Julie, aka Kayak Cowgirl.

This was her first time to Sandy Hook!

Her writeup begins: “Every girl knows her first time should be special. The weather should be beautiful, rose petals should line the way, and someone more experienced should take her hand.”

And it gets better from there. Go and read her story!

We can’t possibly improve on it. So here, simply, are some photos:

(click on any photo to start slideshow)

37 responses to “Sandy Hook Paddle with Kayak Cowgirl

  1. Vlad it looks like another brilliant day out. Can you tell me about the markings on the Fiddler crabs. It looks as though an artist had a paintbrush at work. :)

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    • Johna Till Johnson

      Hi Sue,

      Some were pink, as in the photo, and some were teal/aqua. Not every crab had them, mostly because the crab coloring seemed to conform to the size: the very little ones (smaller than the tip of your little finger) are dark-gray to black. The bigger ones are this combination of white and tan, with the splashes of color. And, some are “lefties” and some are “righties”–those that have big claws (the males), that is.

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      • Thanks Johna for the explanation. I had no idea about the differences. Makes me smile just seeing the photos.

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        • Johna Till Johnson

          In her post, Julie talks about how watching the crabs is “addictive”. It really is, and I can’t explain why!

          You’re just standing there looking at empty holes.. then a motion captures your eye… something’s waving… what’s that!?!? It’s a crab, slowly, slowly emerging from the hole.

          Then you see the claw and you can’t move, you stay perfectly still, practically trying not to breathe, and lean closer to get a better look…

          I didn’t realize until I saw the photos that they have eyes on stalks. I could see something glistening in their faces, but I didn’t realize the eyeballs were on stalks.

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        • I did read her post and yes I loved how she used the word addictive. Thank heavens I don’t have my eyeballs hanging out like that :)

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  2. Thanks for the ride. We’ve been down the Hudson, Around Manhattan, past Sandy Hook quite a number of times, mostly back a while from Haverstraw to Forked River – in a power boat however! It’s always wonderful, but I like the perspective from the Kayaks. A special way to spend a day!

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  3. Thanks for taking more and better photos – though your write-ups are always fun too. It was a grand day for it. I doubt I would have found the crabs myself. The rose petals are still officially a mystery!

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  4. What you all do takes hard work, and you deserve the pure joy that you must get out of your adventures. Cheers!

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  5. Very cool. I am jealous.

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  6. Great shots… I particularly like the first bridge shot. It really is a different journey from the view of a kayak… I still need to make plans to try kayaking this summer- definitely on my to do list.

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  7. Wonderful photos, Vlad. Those Fiddler Crabs are so pretty. :)

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  8. great photo blog as always!!

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  9. Wonderful! Love the photo series and how the show the day unfold, weather and all. Manhattan looks glorious on approach.

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  10. Fabulous gallery of the day :)

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  11. It was great paddling with your guys for a short while on your trip to Sandy Hook. Dead Horse Bay was a very interesting destination – even more interesting was the odd beach comber Jim and I met while there. He claims to have have found gold coins and more in the many years he has been searching the littered shores of this beach. Hope to share some more paddling time in the future.

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    • Likewise, Rico! All too short this time, but hopefully longer next time! :-)

      We’ve been to, or past, Dead Horse Bay many times, but have never done much beachcombing there. I know it’s a favorite spot for that. We’ll have to paddle there specifically to do that at some point, as you did.

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  12. These are such brilliant photos. They make a really nice homage to NYC from a unique vantage point.

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  13. Lovely pictures… I’m originally from Jersey and we use to take the boat out to Sandy Hook… Makes me home sick…

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  15. I am partial to clouds so particularly loved the various formations as you shared your kayaking journey. Looks as though it was quite an enjoyable experience and the weather cooperated as well (great for a girl’s first time) :-)

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  16. Wünsche einen schönen Sonntag <3

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