A Rainy Journey

Most pictures of kayaking are sunny, beachy, summer. As we move into autumn, however, paddlers with Tubby Hook are reminded that proper sea kayaking may experience a wide range of weather, and there’s no reason to let a little rain cancel a trip.

These are some photos from a mid-October journey through Spuyten Duyvil and the upper part of the Harlem River.

Past the Railroad Bridge.

We paddled north and then went under the railroad bridge at Spuyten Duyvil.

Onwards we paddled, past the Columbia C and under the Broadway Bridge, water dripping down through its grates in addition to the rain.

At the 207th Street Bridge, we took sight of our goal: the Peter Sharp Boathouse in the distance. A little further south, a Classic Harbor Line vessel would pass us.

Classic Harbor Line, Southbound

At Peter Sharp, we took in a view of the Hamilton, Washington, and High bridges.

Looking South, PSBH.
Return to the Palisades.

We got a heavier dousing of rain on the way back, between 207th street and Broadway, but after that, the weather lightened up. As we came around Spuyten Duyvil, we had a beautiful view of the Palisades, though considerably less visibility than when we set out.

All in all, it was a lovely paddle. Cool, clear of traffic, quiet except for the patter of rain. Proof again that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad attire.

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