Pictures (and a thousand words) from Kayak Diaries author Dan Simenc’s recent East Coast paddling trip.
Our trip east got off to a rough start when Tyler was bit by a poisonous snake in the night. Still in good spirits, Tyler enjoys one of the many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches of our trip as he is transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
After our sojourn in Kentucky, we continued on to West Virginia to surf and spin down the famous Gauley River. A colorful “East Coast eddy” looks on as NRS ambassador Bryan Kirk sets up his next blunt on the Diagonal Ledges wave of the lower Gauley.
After two fun weeks of playboating, we left the Mountain State and headed to the big city where we pulled an all-nighter circumnavigating Manhattan in sea kayaks. I took this picture of Times Square lighting up the cloudy night sky from the seat of my kayak in the Hudson River.
Went to sleep in Brooklyn around 1:00 a.m., woke up at 6:30 and took two subways to Grand Central, caught a train out to Connecticut, then drove to Central Pennsylvania to run this waterfall (and three others). Paddler: Jesse Wilensky.
The sharp rocks of the aptly named Poconos Mountains unleash their wrath on me as an unfortunate flip sends us back to the hospital. My broken nose required sixteen stitches and kept me off the water for two long weeks.