Week 11: "I keep inviting people"

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James Rubiera was jogging on the path along the river when he saw our registration table. He stopped to chat with one of our volunteers, and minutes later, he was heading into the boathouse to paddle for the first time in his life.

"I like camping, I like outdoor activities," he says. "When I saw this, I was like, why not?"

The local real estate agent took to kayaking like a duck to water. He's come back every Sunday since, and he enjoys the Hudson River's waves and currents: "It makes it more enjoyable. It's more challenging."

Rubiera has been spreading the word about Open House. "I’ve had three of my friends come and I keep inviting people because it’s an amazing opportunity," he says. "To have it on a donation basis is even more amazing."

The current was running northward this week, so all three waves of paddlers headed south. They enjoyed great close-up views of the George Washington Bridge under a cloudless sky.

Open House runs through Labor Day weekend. Join us for a paddle!