Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Day Before Hurricane Irene, We Take a Ride and a Paddle on the North Fork

It was the dy before Hurricane Irene was due to hit our area of the East Coast,and we had all of our preparations in place. What a great time to take a riding/paddling day on the North Fork of Long Island! Our ride began in Southold, and meandered on multiple scenic secondary roads. One great thing about this area is that almost any place that you go, a water view is close at hand.
The riding was spectacular, and a seafood lunch at Pepi's at the Port of Egypt Marina hit the spot. From there we went out to Orient Point State Park, Where Kayak rentals are readily available. The kayaking on Oyster Pond was delightful, and we spotted more than one Osprey in the nest and air. There were also many small beach areas available for totally uncrowded swimming.
When paddling, Helen is the boss, as she is an excellent kayaker. With this in mind, she always takes the Captain's position, and I help out when I can,
We followed our cycling/kayaking day with a dinner at the Chowder Pot Pub in Greenport. The seafood was excellent, and the view of Greenport harbor could not be beat. We were then all ready to spend a day being beat up by Irene.

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