Seven mile row this morning

Quarry Waters Park waterfront

Great row this morning in cloudy conditions.  Fortunately the wind was calm and allowed me to go on the Hudson River.  The upcoming week holds many a chance of showers so this may be the only time I can row the Hudson this week.  Any chance you can get you need to take it!

Started off at around 7am and the Rondout Creek was very quiet.  Most people sleep in on Sundays and add a few clouds and they roll over. 

Once at the lighthouse I notice a barge being pushed up the Hudson by a tugboat.  I stop and watch a while (you can check this out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llDQq2iD_PM ) .  All you can hear is the flag rope hitting the pole and the wind blows gently.

I rowed north of Kingston Point Beach rather quickly and looked back a moment once I was about a half a mile north of it.  Reminds you of what you might see if you were arriving at a beach somewhere far, far away.  

I pull up to a very narrow beach and pull my boat over the shallow area where there are pebbles and stones.   The old moorings of docks used by the quarry, “back in the day”, present an interesting, ghostly landscape.  One log was particularly interesting.  The effect of the water on it showed where a whole was carved by the Hudson straight through it.   Water over time makes for wonderful craftsmanship. 

I pull out a candy bar.  Reward for rowing for 3 and a half miles.   A flock of geese fly overhead.  Finally, some sounds to enjoy. 

I push off to return but decide to visit USCG red can 78 which is on the east side of the channel heading north.  Then I row south to USCG green can 77 on the west side of the channel. 

From either one you can see the former cement manufacturing tower of the future Quarry Waters Park site ( https://quarrywatersparkinfo.org/ )..

I notice that this little key chain thermometer and compass made by Coleman actually does work.  I have had it for years and never looked at it.

On the way back south I stop to take a picture of the Hutton Brickyards buildings.  It’s a shame that the site is only used by a company that stages weddings.  That land has so much potential.  So much historic value.  Not even Bob Dylan could save it!

As I pull into the Rondout Creek on my way back to Hide Away Marina I decide to video tape myself being dragged by the flood current into the creek. ( Here is the video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFFEW6cBFy8&t=7s) .  Check out the tides and currents tables for this day (below) and you will see that I was supposed to be in a slack current, just before the flood current.   When a current begins, either ebb or flood, is the moment when the current is strongest and fastest.   I could have just sat in my boat and let the current take me home, but at 1.15 knots it would have been a pretty long trip and at that point (an hour and a half into my row) I was pretty tired and just wanted to get back.  I notice a sailboat entering the creek as it motored its way back to wherever it needed to go “sans sails”.

I finally pull into the boat launch ramp at Hide Away where a cormorant was checking out the fish in the channel on the north side of Island Dock. 

Hope you enjoy my pictures on such a dreary day.

Solo row Wed. Aug 26 2020

Beautiful sunrise, of course.  I notice I can get a selfie with an upside down and right side up bridge and backwards.  Cool.

Sunrise on the crane also makes it look more rusty than it really is.  Cool.

Then at the lighthouse all hell breaks loose.  The wind creating quite a chop.  I think I can still make it to Kingston Point Beach and give it a try but meet up with more wind and a flood current that is pushing north.  But it is a tug of war with the wind blowing south and the current pushing north.  I try to video tape around the Kingston Tanks but I can either hold the camera or the oars and not both. I give up and row back to the lighthouse before I surf to the lighthouse (boat is not really meant for surfing).

At the lighthouse I try again to video tape but just then the wind and current set up another battle and at the confluence its always worse.   Sorry for the sound effects —I am still struggling to keep my oars perpendicular to my boat as I video tape.

As soon as I get back on the Rondout Creek all is calm.  You can see it in the limping flag.

4.63 miles on the eCrumbs map.  

Rough waters by Kingston Tanks and I can’t control camera and oars at the same time.