One of the great joys of quietly paddling on the water is that other species don’t react to you as a threatening human, so you can observe wildlife more closely than you can on land. It’s also an immensely relaxing experience; the calmer you are the more you will see and hear.
Over the last year and a half I have gone to each workday hoping to be asked to do strenuous, getting-dirty work, show some ingenuity, and—use power tools! In my head I am a forty-something D.I.Y. kind of guy (hello reality check), but mostly, like many, I just like feeling useful. Last Saturday was a success in that regard. We were all industrious in various ways, but more importantly the workday was a success.
Mac Levine was looking for an endurance challenge. But when a fellow standup paddler suggested a several-day voyage from Albany all the way to Inwood, she laughed. “At first I thought it was the craziest thing I’d ever heard,” she said last summer, shortly after finishing the trip. “It just seemed so long and far. And then I thought, why not?”