Category Archives: Kayaking

Look Up

By Vladimir Brezina

Look up, and there they are!

Look Up 1

Of course, they also come at you at sea level…

Look Up 2

… and sometimes seem to think that the water is all theirs

Look Up 3

A contribution to a recent Photo Challenge, Look Up.


By Vladimir Brezina

When kayaking in New York Harbor, you can’t avoid getting close—

Close 1Close 2Close 3Close 4Close 5Close 6

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Close.


By Vladimir Brezina

After seven days on the water, the finish of our big kayak trip is still some way off over the horizon, but we’re suddenly sure that we’ll make it today. What could go wrong now? ;-)

Jubilant(2014 Everglades Challenge)

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Jubilant.


By Vladimir Brezina

Another item of marine art that can only be enjoyed by passing kayakers…

St. Peterburg, FL

A contribution toward the Photo Challenge, Face.


By Vladimir Brezina

Paddling through the silver sea…

Dazzling(2014 Watertribe Everglades Challenge, Florida)

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Dazzling.

New Jersey Weird and Wonderful

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

This trip dates from last fall, but took us this long to post in part because we wanted to include a lot of detail to guide paddlers who might want to go to these places, which are very accessible to NYC paddlers of all skill levels. 

So each photo is numbered, and the third image down is a map showing where each photo was taken, so you can associate the photo with the location. The  body of the post includes only a small selection of the photos; for the rest, see the slideshow at the bottom.

And don’t miss the special bonus: A link to a GoPro video from the trip, at the very end of the post!

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47. Beautiful day at the Sims Scrap Metal Yard

The currents weren’t really right for any of our usual trips, ebbing most of the day, and turning back to flood around 4:30 PM. So a long trip to points south would mean returning close to midnight, which neither of us wanted to do.

But it was an effervescent fall day, with a gusty breeze, blue skies, and sunlight sparkling over the waves. We wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary, for us, at least.

“Why not visit Port Liberté, and meander down the Jersey side of the harbor?” Vlad suggested.

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15. Port Liberté

What a splendid idea! Port Liberté is one of the many weird and wonderful things on the New Jersey side. Vlad calls it “the would-be Venice of New Jersey,” and it truly is: According to Wikipedia, it was designed in the 1980s as a waterfront community patterned after a similar one in Saint-Tropez, France, complete with canals lined with docks and waterfront walkways.

The idea is, to my mind at least, flawless: Imagine living right on the waterfront, with your own personal dock, just a few minutes by ferry or private boat from Manhattan! Unfortunately, though, the market crash of the late 80s ended the development plans, and what remains, though beautiful, is just a wistful indication of what might have been.

We’d last been to Port Liberté several years ago—maybe as far back as 2011. So it was time for another look. Then we’d continue down the Jersey side of the harbor, our moods and the currents permitting, until it was time to turn back. Come to think of it, despite our many years of paddling in the harbor, neither Vlad nor I had ever really properly explored all the ins and outs of the Jersey side.

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By Vladimir Brezina

Let’s eat before the rising tide submerges this sandbar, or the bugs bite us to death…

Dinnertime(During the 2014 Everglades Challenge, Florida.)

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Dinnertime.