Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:06
We left Coney Island in the late morning. Eugene helped with our kayaks and Almira helped us carry our gear out to the beach. We were sad to say goodbye, but fortunately we will be seeing her again soon. The beach concerned us. It was filled with all sorts of litter. Plastic bottles, wrappers, plastic bags and other random things were scattered all over the sand. Basically, all sorts of debris that ends up in the water near other parts of New York flows down the East River and ends up washing ashore here.
The wind had been strong, but fortunately it was predicted to diminish. The forecast was right. Our paddle was fairly easy. The wind was from the northwest, so it was blowing us sideways, rather than a headwind. The waves were small. We encountered a fair bit of current that helped us along as well. We made our way across to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The shipping lane was in the middle of our route. We watched a large container ship motor past, in front of us. We paddled quickly across the shipping lane after it passed, because we could see four more container ships heading our way. Our timing worked out well and we were well out of the lane before the next ship came. We stopped for lunch on the beach at the end of Sandy Hook. All sorts of gulls, cormorants and terns were on this beach. I even saw a type of tern that I hadn’t seen before.
Once we reached the marina, we were both quite happy. We will be taking a break from paddling for a while. We have lots of school visits planned in the New York City area. We will also take advantage of this time to let our muscles rest and do some gear maintenance. Since we won’t be kayaking next week, we won’t be posting Daily Data during this time. We hope you check back after next week when our posts resume.
Distance traveled: 12 miles by kayak
40 Herring Gulls
21 Great Black-backed Gulls
40 Ring-billed Gulls
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