June 27, 2008 in More Logbook

Gas-saving tip: commuting by kayak

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Danielle stopped by the lighthouse this morning on her way across the river in a kayak. Last night, she paddled from Tivoli to Saugerties to see our mutual friend Jill Stevenson perform music at a local establishment. The show ended late, so Danielle stayed over with a friend in Saugerties. On her return trip to Tivoli this morning, she passed by the lighthouse. I offered her a cup of coffee, so she paddled to the dock and climbed out of her kayak. We enjoyed the cool of the morning and a bit of conversation with our coffee before she continued on her way home. Danielle’s car is out of commission, so she’s making use of alternative modes of transportation. Regular ferry service used to connect Saugerties and Tivoli until bridges were built at Catskill and Kingston in the first half of the 20th century. However, crossing the bridges is the long way around to travel between these two towns on opposite banks of the river. Now, a few pioneering kayakers like Danielle are reviving the maritime connection between these two riverside towns, leaving their cars behind at the water’s edge.

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