These are what can rightly be called dog days of summer. In my part of the world, it’s “inside-the-oven” hot and muggy as heck. My garden is showing some signs of deep sighing. But summer is awesome, all shorts and the smell of sunscreen, and I’m trying to soak it all up before it’s sweater season again.
This weekend I went kayaking on the Hudson River. For those of you not from around these parts, the Hudson is a massive river that separates my home state of New Jersey from New York City (further north, it cuts through New York State) and leads into the Atlantic in a massive, brackish outlet. It has a bit of a reputation for being polluted, although it’s been cleaned up for a few decades. Because it’s by such a crazy busy city, it’s not the first place you’d think of to go kayaking. Still, kayaking on it is loads of fun! It’s a little cooler on the water than on land (but still blazingly hot, so go early, like we did), and super-bright, so definitely don’t forget your sunglasses.
What’s amazing is that in all the bustling wonder that is New York City, once you push off into the water, it just becomes an island. The noise dies down and everything is peaceful. It’s truly amazing. We laughed and raced each other and got in a great workout. If you’re ever in the New York City area, I highly recommend it. It’s a way of seeing the city anew. I wish I had pictures to share with you, but they were pretty strict about making sure we left phones on shore in case of dunking (no dunking occurred).
Bring clothes to change, like we did, and enjoy the awesome food nearby. We wound up at La Bergamote, a cute and intimate little French place. Totally worth checking out! Click here.