The Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca (and about a 12-minute drive from our future home) is mostly closed in the winter except for a section of the South Rim Trail which Lori and I enjoyed on a warm January day. An overlook on the South Rim Trail gives a good view of 115-foot high Lucifer Falls, except for the safety fence installed to keep people away from the ledge during the slippery winter conditions. I mounted the camera on a pocket tripod and bungee-corded it to the top of one of the stakes holding up the safety net. I attached a 10-stop variable neutral density filter to the lens and dialed in enough darkness to get a good exposure at 8 seconds, making the water appear nice and silky. It worked fairly well for a quick improvisation. Meanwhile Lori soaked in the view, the sound of the roaring water, and the comfortable afternoon in the beautiful setting.
We have been fortunate to have explored some wonderful places while kayaking over the last several years. Whether kayaking among Orcas off San Juan Island on the other side of the country, or getting a new perspective on the Adirondacks practically in our back yard, it’s a wonderful way of visiting nature at its most rich and diverse.
Because of our move and home-building adventures, we haven’t had much chance of dipping paddles in the water this past year but we will make up for it this year. Here are some pictures, dusted off, from memorable kayaking and touring trips we’ve enjoyed.