Paddle Log — 2012
Jumpin' Jacks Feb 21 Both & seadogs 8 RT Alplaus, lunch at marina, stiff breeze on return.
Nolan Road Mar 7 Both & MDM 7 Upstream to the dam, big bay frozen in, lunch nearby.
Forbes Avenue Mar 12 Both 15 Busy day in port. Two cargo ships, many tugs. Lunch at 214. Turnaround below 211. Calm entire paddle.
Freddie's Park Mar 17 M & Jim 12 Crescent Dam, probed many side channels & marshes, lunch at Colonie Town Park. Very mild day, calm water.
Henry Hudson Mar 18 Both 10 Papscanee Creek & Moordener Kill, lunch at Schodack Island SP. Vloman Kill on the way back.
Dutchman's Landing Mar 20 Both 15 Upriver past Hudson, several siamesed red buoys, one stricken green removed by CG. Lunch at MGF, return head to wind via Hallenbeck Creek.
Coxsackie Mar 21 M 16 Upstream easy with tide & breeze. Turnaround at New Baltimore. Return more difficult head to wind.
Coxsackie Mar 23 Both 15 Downriver to four mile point, SMG, lunch at HRISP, upriver past RI, return eased by following north wind.
Sherman Island April 3 Both & seadogs 8 Up to Spier Falls, lunch near Sherman Island Dam. Wood ducks, mergansers, mallards.
Coxsackie April 14 M 14 Upstream to Poolsburg, lunch on Bronck Island. Several eagles, one tug, quiet day.
Coxsackie April 19 Both 14 Lunch on Bronck Island, turnaround at Poolsburg. Several eagles, two tugs, one cargo ship, many turtles, beautiful day.
Stuyvesant Landing April 30 M 13 Slow paddle around Stockport Flats. Wild columbines in profusion. Two tugs. Four mergansers. Three eagles put on a late aerial show.
Huletts Landing May 2 Both & seadogs 12 Down east side. Lunch at Black Mountain Point. Return west side. Calm, gray day. Nary a breeze.
Coxsackie May 6 Both 8 Busy day on the river, many fishermen & power boats. Explored Empire Brickyard Bay, SMG & Little Nutten Hook.
Henry Hudson May 7 Both 14 Many bass fishermen & gbh's past counting. No lunch at Hannacroix Preserve. Too much mud at low tide. Shore 100 feet away.
Coxsackie May 12 M 14 A dozen eagles on Coxsackie Island, most left as a cargo ship quietly approached. Turnaround at Poolsburg. Many more eagles, at least 25 on the day.
Stuyvesant Landing May 13 Both 11 Coxsackie Creek, Rattlesnake Island, Nutten Hook & Little Nutten Hook. A half dozen eagles, all immature.
Freemans Bridge May 17 M 8 Alplaus Kill, Aqueduct, Mohawk Valley Marine — dotting the eye.
North Germantown Landing May 18 M 18 Roe Jan, beacon 129, lunch at Cohotate Preserve. Ospreys are back, rebuilding their nest.
Forbes Avenue May 19 M 14 One cargo ship, many tugs. Lunch at 214. Turnaround at Staats Point. Calm entire paddle. Lovely day.
Coxsackie May 20 Both 13 Quiet paddle late afternoon. One tug. One cargo ship. Turnaround above Mill Creek.
Coxsackie May 24 M 10 Down to Priming Hook, turnaround at 140. Gray & breezy all day.
Stuyvesant Landing May 25 Both 11 Downstream on ebb head to wind. Choppy water. Lunch at SMG. Tide turned, wind died, dull return.
Athens May 27 Both 13 Many kayaks, pleasure boats & three tugs. Lunch at Cohotate Preserve. Turnaround at Catskill Point.
Henry Hudson May 30 M 10 Three running tugs converged near Scarano Boat Builders. Safe vantage obtained in the mouth of Island Creek. Return head to wind.
Coxsackie May 31 M 15 Stop at RR Village beach, turnaround at Cornell Park, stop at Bronck Island. Sunny, windy day.
Henry Hudson June 1 Both 9 Upstream with tide to Glenmont power plant. Lunch at 214. Some adverse wind.
Coxsackie June 5 M 15 Around Gays Point, lunch at MGF, turnaround at Hudson-Athens Light. Steady gentle to moderate breeze.
Coxsackie June 7 M 9 Around Gays Point, lunch at SMG, some rain. Explored Rattlesnake Island.
Coxsackie June 8 Both 7 Around Gays Point, explored much of the bay, lunch at SMG, off early.
Stuyvesant Landing June 10 Both 11 Down river with ebb, lunch near Four Mile Point, around SMG, one cargo ship.
Henry Hudson June 13 M 13 Big day in Port of Albany. Two cargo ships, three tugs, one tug turning around. Lunch at 214.
Coxsackie June 14 M 16 Choppy morning water. Stop at RR Village beach, turnaround at marina, lunch at Bronck Island.
Forbes Avenue June 15 Both 16 Tug photo op in Troy. Snack at Watervliet dock, turnaround at Federal Dam.
North Germantown Landing June 17 Both 13 Roe Jan, RamsHorn, lunch at Dutchmans Landing. Gentle breeze much of the day.
Forbes Avenue June 19 M 15 Tug photo op Port of Albany. Lunch at Papscanee Preserve, turnaround at Paarda Hook.
Coxsackie June 23 M 10 Breezy early, followed first by calm then by sudden intense wind. Blown backwards below SMG, forced off water. Four tugs.
Henry Hudson June 24 Both 7 Quiet afternoon paddle to Schodack Island State Park.
Stuyvesant Landing June 28 Both 8 Nice day. Snack at RR Village beach, turnaround at New Baltimore. One Coast Guard buoy tender, two tugs.
Coxsackie June 30 M 13 Another nice day. Stop at RR Village beach, turnaround above Poolsburg, lunch at Bronck Island. One cargo ship, one tug.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry July 2 Both 11 Upstream to the dam. Three eagles & three kingfishers. Wind picked up, mostly following, on the way back.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry July 3 M 11 Same route as yesterday except two pauses for Shaker Creek photo ops.
Coeymans Landing July 6 Both & Jim 10 Hannacroix Creek, lunch at RR Village beach, Blackbeard's Cove gone. Cargo ship passed in slow motion.
Coxsackie July 9 M 15 Around MGF, many eagles. Lunch at Four Mile Point. Variable breezes.
Charles Rider July 11 M 20 Passed by Hutton brickyard ruins, looked into Rondout's mouth, circled Esopus Meadow Light, lunch at Mills Mansion. Long, lovely day.
Plum Point July 13 Both 15 Around Pollepel Island (Bannerman's Castle still a wreck), lunch at trashy Little Stony Point, pit stop at Foundry Dock Park, continued to World's End on easy water. Signs of weather change, turnaround, strong following wind all the way back. A blast!
Alplaus July 15 M ? Paddling for a Cure — Dragons Alive.
Lock C-1 July 17 M & seadogs 7 Upstream to C-2 on easy water, return into a mild breeze. Early paddle to beat the heat.
Coxsackie July 19 M 13 Late paddle, tranquil. Upstream to 180, poked around several places, a half dozen eagles, two tugs.
Corning Preserve July 21 M 17 Meetup paddle for HRV Greenway's Hudson River Day to Henry Hudson Park, return solo.
Rogers Rock July 22 Both & seadogs 11 Ti Town Beach, Mossy Point, dam. Stiff south breezes all day.
Glasco Landing July 25 Both & Jim 10 Around Magdalen Island into North Bay, lunch below Cruger Island, cross over to Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing Park. Stiff NE NW NE breezes.
Freddie's Park July 29 Both 11 Late paddle on quiet water. Turnaround at Shaker Creek.
Dutchman's Landing July 30 M 15 Yellow floating-hearts above Rogers Island, many ospreys, two tugs. Lunch at MGF.
Henry Hudson July 31 Both & Julia 5 Evening intro to paddling for Julia. Upstream past Staats Point, Vlomankill.
Henry Hudson August 2 Both 11 Hot, still day. Lunch at Schodack Island State Park, Coeymans. Switched boats on the way back.
Coeymans Landing August 4 Both 10 Hot, breezy day. Lunch at Bronck Island.
Coxsackie August 6 M 16 MGF, OHC below Athens, lunch at SMG, wind picked up a bit on the way back.
Coxsackie August 7 M 17 Same as yesterday plus beacon 129. Five tugs. No wind.
Stuyvesant Landing August 8 M 15 Another nice day. Easy tide ride almost to HA. Some wind & turbulence as a tug approached, followed by calm.
Stuyvesant Landing August 12 Both 10 Poolsburg to Shady Harbor Marina. Many eagles moving about, some vocal, numerous crossovers.
Coxsackie August 13 M 21 Upstream again looking for & finding eagles. Also met Mark on his epic18x. We paddled together many miles, turning around above Coeymans' breakwater.
Athens August 16 M 17 Up east side MGF, mouth of Stockport Creek, Nutten Hook, rest at Gays Point. Many eagles again & a pair of ospreys.
Henry Hudson August 20 Both 8 Short easy paddle. Three tugs, pit stop at Schodack Island State Park.
Stuyvesant Landing August 21 Both 11 Down river with ebb, around SMG, eagles, ospreys & a professional botanist.
Coxsackie August 22 Both 11 SMG, around small island in Stockport Flats, lunch at MGF. Very quiet paddle until osprey aerial show near the end.
Coxsackie August 24 M 15 Little Nutten Hook, SMG & around MGF. Quiet day, all aspects.
Blue Mountain Lake August 25 Both 15 Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake & Utowana Lake. Lovely paddle on clear water.
Hague August 26 Both 8 Escorted swimmers for Open Water 4 mile swim to Rogers Rock. Water turned chaotic on the way back.
North Germantown Landing August 29 Both 11 Roe Jan, Half Moon at Burden Dock, lunch at Dutchman's Landing. Met Alan & Char. On return, potentially favorable north wind abated!
Henry Hudson August 31 Both 8 Early paddle to beat heat. Stop at Schodack Island State Park. Wind again died on turnaround!
North Germantown Landing Sept 1 M 16 Cohotate Preserve, lunch at Rogers Island, Catskill Creek. Some following wind on the way back.
North Germantown Landing Sept 3 Both 10 Photo op at Smiths Landing, maelstrom, lunch at Cheviot. Gray weather slowly moving north, friendly following wind on the way back.
Stuyvesant Landing Sept 5 Both 11 Around Coxsackie & Rattlesnake Islands separately. Gays Point for lunch. Around SMG. Many eagles & ospreys.
Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing Sept 7 Both 13 Around Kingston Point, up Rondout Creek, lunch at Sleightsburg. Cell phone remained on hatch cover the whole way. Return over the flat.
123rd Street Sept 9 Both ? Waterford Tugboat Roundup.
Coxsackie Sept 11 M 13 Early paddle, tranquil. Upstream to Poolsburg, much raptor activity, two tugs.
Athens Sept 12 Both 10 Explored Stockport Creek, lunch at SMG, followed by surprisingly strong wind on return.
Coxsackie Sept 13 M 15 Tracked eagles upstream. Lunch at RR Village beach. Turnaround at artist's house.
Henry Hudson Sept 14 Both 9 Lunch at Schodack Island State Park, Papscanee Creek. Ikelos testing.
Forbes Avenue Sept 17 Both 13 Port of Albany photo op. Three new tugs. Roster now has 100 tugs! Lunch & turnaround at 214.
Henry Hudson Sept 20 M 10 Photo op to Glenmont power plant for tugs & 214 for beggar-ticks (stick-tights).
Bolton Landing Sept 21 Both 12 Dome Island & Northwest Bay. Choppy, gentle to moderate breezes all day.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry Sept 23 Both 7 Colonie Town Park, Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve & Shaker Creek.
Coxsackie Sept 24 M 13 Calm water to Poolsburg, many eagles, followed by some dark clouds. Three tugs, one cargo ship.
Stuyvesant Landing Sept 25 M 10 Schodack Creek following eagles along Houghtaling Island, also looking for egrets in vain. Very windy return.
Coxsackie Sept 27 Both 9 Rattlesnake Island, Coxsackie Creek, lunch below Stuyvesant Landing. Breezy day.
Forbes Avenue Sept 29 M 10 Tide ride to Van Wies Point. Gray day. Little activity in the port.
Stuyvesant Landing Oct 2 M 10 Lunch at SMG, brief respite from rain, a gray day.
Coeymans Landing Oct 5 Both 11 Gray morning followed by sunshine. Channel dredger at work, many tugs & Half Moon.
Dutchman's Landing Oct 8 Both 9 Photo op North Germantown Reach. Lunch at landing, new stone wall. Dredger & falcons.
Coxsackie Oct 9 Both 12 Several times around Rattlesnake Island in pursuit of an eagle, a pause to shoot the dredger, upstream to RR Village beach for lunch.
Coxsackie Oct 11 M 13 Steady west wind at first, steadily diminishing, calm by end. Lunch below Matthew Point.
Coxsackie Oct 13 M 14 Light following breeze, bright sun heading upriver. Lunch at RR Village beach after turning at Houghtaling Island, return cloudy & windy.
Coxsackie Oct 17 Both 17 Downstream past Hudson to Cohotate Preserve. Calm water both ways. One eagle, the dredger, two tugs, a tour boat, a kingfisher, duck hunters & a question mark.
Coxsackie Oct 18 M 10 Windy early, settled down later. Boat stuck on sandbar near SMG, tugs near MGF & the dredger at Four Mile Point.
Coxsackie Oct 20 M 10 Calm early, windy later. Met David from Hillsdale at SMG, together to Stockport Creek, solo to Priming Hook. Quartered most of the way back. Water level high, lots of debris.
Coxsackie Oct 21 Both 11 Upstream around Rattlesnake Island, downstream to SMG for a break. Corpse in the water!
Coxsackie Oct 25 M 12 Calm early, windy later. Oaks taking on color despite dull gray day. Eagle & turnaround at Blackbeard's Cove.
Dutchman's Landing Oct 26 Both & seadogs 13 Two large eagles & an owl. One tug & the dredger. Lunch at MGF, wind picked up, choppy return. No sun. Paddle #100.
Henry Hudson Oct 28 Both 8 Photo op Port of Albany. Two tugs. Water level very high possibly due to barge canal release prior to tropical storm Sandy.
Coxsackie Nov 10 M 12 Gray early, gradual improvement, lunch at RR Village beach. Two tugs, the dredger & two adult eagles.
Million Dollar Beach Nov 11 Both & seadogs 12 Lunch on Long Island. Some wind, few boats, warm day.
Coxsackie Nov 15 M 7 Low tide launch, photo op, three tugs & the dredger. Sun disappeared early.
Freemans Bridge Nov 16 Both 8 Calm, chilly day, some sun, through the isles toward lock 8. Many mergansers & mallards, some gbh's, one mink.
Henry Hudson Nov 18 Both 11 Photo op to Port of Coeymans on glass-like water. Seven tugs!
Coxsackie Nov 22 M 5 Easy paddle around Stockport Flats. One tug, one eagle, two hawks.
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