And almost exactly a month after I published Boat Dreams, I HAVE A BOAT! She’s a 1988 C&C 24 and there’s definitely some work to do: Turns out boat dreams do come true.
I’ve left the Hudson and while I miss her twists and turns and bays full of boats, I’ve settled along the banks of a new river. The Kokosing River runs 57 miles long and her watershed extends hundreds more. She lazily floats by my college, barely deep enough to reach your knees. As you head northeast,… Continue reading Life Along the Kokosing
My cabin has been packed into the trunk of my car. Currently, I’m in my bunk being rocked to sleep by the waves and creaking of the dock lines. At 0500 tomorrow I’ll be driving the 8-9 hours from Croton to Gambier (from the Hudson to the Kokosing). Although the river I’ll be near for… Continue reading Fond Farewell: Leaving the Hudson, Heading to Ohio
I got lucky in the lottery of life and have always had boats to sail, drive, and sleep on. As I get older and start to realize that I won’t always be living under my parents roof and budget, I’ve started to dream of my own sailboat. She’s a very light blue – slightly closer… Continue reading Boat Dreams
From tacking around to pick up floating remains of potato chip bags and mylar balloons to explaining why the river water is dirtier after it rains, I have learned a lot about explaining water quality to kids through teaching at EAST Sailing. Ages 8 to 15, they all understand a lot more than you’d think about the… Continue reading Clean Water for Kids
When I was growing up in Cold Spring, New York, my friends and I would walk down to the river on humid, August afternoons and swim. We’d go in off the beach at Little Stony Point, or jump off the rocks near Garrison; one unbearably hot day we jumped off the pier at the waterfront and… Continue reading Taking a Dip
You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. I have been following Captain Liz’s journey on her sailboat Swell for over a year now and, just a week ago, finally got to meet her. She has been sailing the world for the past ten years, surfing and exploring along the… Continue reading Meeting Captain Liz Clark
As summer solstice approaches, the hot days get longer, the river gets warmer, and the boat ramps are bustling with trailers and people eager to launch and go play. The marina gets busier each night, boats dodging each other in the narrow channels between the docks. I see more trash in the river, as sunset… Continue reading Beginnings