As Juan wrote in his first blogpost, kayaking, although often overlooked, is probably the easiest outdoor activity to practice in the buff without anyone noticing. It’s hard to tell whether one wears shorts, speedos or… nothing
Last sumer, I had a couple of fun kayak trips with a few buddies in and around Cold Spring Harbor in Long Island.
Cold Spring Harbor hosts the world-famous laboratory that contributed to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Most of the land along Cold Spring Harbor and Oyster Bay is privately owned, but you can definitely explore the area by the sea.
Once you reach the edge of the Oyster Bay, you could head out to the open waters of Long Island Sound
or turn Eastwards in the direction of Caumset State Park.
This is how it looks from the air (these photos were taken on another occasion, obviously).
To reach the beach of Caumset Park, you need to paddle around the sand spit that is a part of private land. You won’t see many people on the shore, perhaps a lonely fisherman.
Once you go around the tip of the sand spit, you will see a beautiful beach of Caumset State Park.
It is surrounded by lush forest which gives it almost tropical appearance.
Cormorants seemed to to be the only ones to welcome us.
The beach doesn’t see many visitors, it has a touch of the lost world…
Which also meant we could stay there as nature intended, without clothes
The sand cliffs appeared to be even prettier than from afar, revealing different shades of orange and pink.
Some shorebirds, possibly sand martins, have a colony there; my friend Martin , who climbed the cliffs couldn’t confirm what they were, we didn’t see any birds leaving the nests.
We enjoyed viewing the scenery for a bit and strolled along the beach.
Low tide revealed a lot seaweed, that tried to anchor at anything solid.
We found a flat white rock that was perfect for a lunch break,
and a golfinch was pleasing our ears while we took a nap…
On another occasion, we actually did some jumps instead of a nap
After the nap, we discover that a storm was on our way. The forecast for the day was ambiguous, but we were not anticipating to paddle in the sea during a thunderstorm!
We prepared to leave hastily, but as soon as we got on water, the sky started clearing ahead of us and we just tried to escape from the menacing clouds.
It got quiet again.
The storm seemed to get sucked into the Atlantic Ocean over Long Island.
The only place where we got a bit worried again, was around the tip of the sand spit that I mentioned above, because it gets quite strong currents and waves during tide change.
But it wasn’t a challenge after all, and we got back safely. We definitely look forward to more kayaking!