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At noon I put into the Meadowland Marshes at Millridge Park in Secaucus.  I was alone as I took this Friday off from work since it was going to be so nice out.  It was a beautiful day in the low 70s with a bit of a breeze, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.  It was a very comfortable day for kayaking, so I spent two relaxing hours in the marshes, paddling in and out of the labyrinth searching for birds. I didn’t want to spend too much time in the water because I wanted to get home and catch some of the sunlight at the dog park, which I did.  I found a few birds during the day, nothing too exciting and then I went home.  I enjoyed a few Adam Carolla podcasts and that was the trip.

To view a slideshow of the photos taken or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug link below.  There are some bird pictures if that is the kind of thing you are into.
http://fidogenic.smugmug.com/Kayaking/Hackensack-River/2010-10-08-Kayaking-the/14100231_qBvEi

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I started the month on July 1 paddling the marshes of the Meadownlands and I ended the month on July 31 paddling the same marsh.  The main difference was this time it was with Kathy instead of going solo and the water was much calmer.  Kathy hadn’t yet paddled these marshes nor seen the boat access ramp at Millridge Park in Secaucus.

To view the photos I took from this trip in my Picasa online album go to:
http://picasaweb.google.com/lgindoff/20100731MeanderingTheMeadowlandsInTheHackensackRiverSecaucus?feat=directlink

Since this was the same paddle as the one we did on July 1, the Google Map I am presenting is from that trip.

This trip was about 4.5 miles and took 1:45 hours.  It is an easy kayak trip with the park being a great little put-in with the option of going left to the Hackensack or meandering the swamps. We chose the swamps to the river.

In many respect this trip was a bit boring as many kayak trip are.  We entered the water at 12:15 and exited at 1:45.  It was sunny hot but nice, not even too humid, yet, all this serenity was a little dull.  Sure we saw lots of birds, more than we would ever encounter on the Passaic in our neck of the woods, but nothing too exciting happened.   Nevertheless, we left the house at 11:15 got home at 3 and change so the logistics for a nice trip make sense.  With the New York City skyline looming in the background, it is tough to complain.  Since we have the week off, I’m leaving the kayaks on the car so we can do another quick trip if we want.  There will be much more to blog about so stay tuned.

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Millridge Park Launch Area, Secaucus, NJ

Kathy and I took off on this beautiful July 1 to enjoy the weather and a kayak paddle somewhere local to us.  Just out of nowhere, doing nothing, Kathy wrenched her back and was out of commission as far as sitting a a kayak for a few hour goes.  It was a real bummer as she couldn’t do a trip but I didn’t let that stop me.

I headed to the Millridge Rd. Park in Secaucus to launch my kayak.  I figured I would meander around the channels and marshes in the are areas behind Secaucus into Mill Creek.  The previous time if left from here on May 17, 2010 I only really hit up the Hackensack River and only touched on the channels I would check out today, so for the most park, todays 5 mile paddle was new territory.

Going through the marsh areas gave me an opportunity to see several nice birds.  As I entered the water and started paddling I immediately scared a blue heron out of the tall reeds and only got pictures of it flying away from me.  I saw a few ducks here and there.  I think I saw a hawk circling above the swamp amongst a large flock of smaller birds.  I also encountered a few white looking heron types of birds that would also flee as I approached them. Luckily for me, that was often against the wind giving me an opportunity to photography them as they were fighting the wind, taking off, hovering and the landing.  Finally at the end of the trip I saw several cormorant hanging out on the pilings in the river.  This was a good bird experience being amongst the marshes.  That was the only wildlife I saw.

To view the photos I took from this trip in my Picasa onine album go to:
http://picasaweb.google.com/lgindoff/20100701MeanderingTheMeadowlandsInTheHackensackRiverSecaucus?feat=directlink

As I got into the Hackensack River to head back to the boat ramp the winds really picked up.  The water got very choppy and was fun and refreshing as the waves occasionally splashed onto me even though I did notice the Hackensack definitely leaves a muddy film on you.

It was a nice 2.5 hour paddle that covered a lazy 5 miles of reeds, muddy water, New York City skyline vistas and bird-life.  My only regret is that Kathy wasn’t there to enjoy it with me.  She would have enjoyed this trip.

The time line according to the time stamps is as follows:

  • 1:20 – First picture in the water
  • 1:28 – Spot a blue heron
  • 1:53 – Paddle past the Secaucus Municipal Utilities Authority waste water treatment plant. (1 mile)
  • 1:56 – Photograph my first white heron looking bird.
  • 2:03 – Paddle around 4 tall radio antennae and see some birds.
  • 2:18 – Take mill creek to the end at Rt. 3 (1.75 miles)
  • 2:31 – Photograph a hawk flying around a bunch of small birds (2 miles)
  • 3:09 – Photograph 4 white herons for a while as I approach the Hackensack River (3 miles).
  • 3:22 – Enter channel off of the Hackensack River by the Turnpike’s eastern spur north of Rt. 3 (4 miles)
  • 3:28 – Enter the windy and choppy Hackensack River (4.3 miles)
  • 3:37 – Photograph cormorant on pilings in the river. (4.85 miles)
  • 3:43 – Last picture on the water.

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