I’m in East Setauket, NY for a couple of weeks housesitting my sister’s house, 5 chickens and pool. Not a bad gig – between sessions of working on my new book I take a dip in the pool (several times a day), go for walks, and take bike rides. If I can stay away from the midnight snacks I might actually be able to drop a few pounds.
I rode my nephew’s bike out to West Meadow Beach last night. (It’s a little on the small side, and I have no idea where the key is to get the lock of the center bar, so all-in-all, so not the most comfortable bike ride I’ve ever taken, but still pleasant.) It’s on Long Island Sound and the water was clear and calm. I longed to have my kayak and just take off on that beautiful liquid mirror.
This morning I took a look at a map to see the lay of the land and water, and to consider where I might go. Here’s a proposed route
Hmmm….logistics. Not having lots of public transit out here (like I do in NYC), and since I don’t know any other kayakers out here (I emailed a couple of clubs but didn’t hear back from either of them) I’m going to have to work out my own shuttle system.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
A – Drive to NYC, pick up bicycle and kayak from my apartment, bring them to East Setauket.
1. Drive Car #1 to Port Jefferson, carry bicycle.
2. Park car in Port Jefferson and bike back home.
3. Drive Car #2 to West Meadow Beach with kayak.
4. Park Car #2 at West Meadow Beach and kayak to Port Jefferson.
5. Drive Car #1 with kayak back home.
6. Bicycle to West Meadow Beach, pick up Car #2, drive home.
Looking at a map of the area, I see that there are lots of interesting-sounding destinations within about 7 miles of West Meadow Beach. And I found a tidetable for the area here: http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/4934.html. So it looks like I could have some significant fun on the water while I’m out here.
If anyone out there knows any kayakers in the Stony Brook-Setauket-Port Jefferson area, I’d appreciate a reply to this with any suggestions / introductions for meeting kayakers in this area. Thanks!
Later: Found Setauket Canoe & Kayak online, just a couple of miles from here so I biked over there at the end of my writing day. It was closed, but it’s on Shore Road where I discovered a public beach and a public dock on sEtauket harbor where I can put in the boat.. And I met a woman out walking her dog who has a couple of kayaks and gave me some suggestions about where to explore. We exchanged numbers so there’s a possibility we’ll get together for a paddle around the harbor and surrounding bays.