Join us for a day out of the city in the historic Hudson Valley for a Kayak adventure on the fresh water Hudson River to the famous Esopus Island. Beginners are welcome for this 3 mile trip to and from the island from 0ur private campsite. The day will include kayaking, a stop for lunch on the island and a trip to a local Hard Cider Mill. Along the way you will pass by historic mansions, monasteries, cliffs, national park preserves and more.
How it all works:
- Take the 8:45am Metro North Train from Grand Central or points north to Poughkeepsie, NY where you guide will pick you up. You may also drive to meet the group in Poughkeepsie.
- The group will stop at a local cafe to pick up lunch for the trip which we will eat on the island.
- At the campsite we will go over kayak technique and safety.
- The trip is 1.5 miles each way.
- Following the trip we will stop at a local Hard Cider Mill (tasting is optional and $10)
What to bring:
- You will likely get a little wet in the kayak so a change of cloths is recommended. A bathing suit is probably best. There is a place to change and store clothing at the campsite.
- Bottled water, sunblock.
- You may bring your own lunch or order from a local cafe that we will stop at before the trip.
- You must know how to swim. Life jackets are provided but the current can be strong.
- You should have fairly good upper body strength as you will be paddling 1.5 miles in each direction.
- You will need to fill out a waiver before the trip.
About Esopus Island
An unihabited island in the middle of the Hudson River 85 miles north on Manhattan. The Lenape Native Americans are presumed to have made use of the island, and a stone on the east shore shows signs of human working, resembling a megalith. There is a legend of a Jesuit missionary killed on the island by the native americans. In October 1777, during the Revolutionary War, a British fleet laid off Esopus Island prior to destroying Kingston, then the provincial capital. In the second half of the 19th century the island was part of the estate of Robert Livingston Pell and was known as Pell Island. Aleister Crowley spent 40 days and 40 nights on Esopus Island (which he spelled "Oesopus") in 1918, translating the Tao Te Ching, meditating, and painting slogans on the rocks with red paint. Friends had given him money to buy a tent, a canoe, and stores for his retreat to the island, but instead of food he bought the paint, brushes, and rope for rappeling, saying that he would be "fed by ravens". Local people as well as friends brought him supplies.
Space is limited to 7
Cost: $120 includes: Kayaking fees and transportation to and from all activities. VIP Members $110
Not included: Train fare, lunch, cider tasting (since not everyone drinks) tasting is $10
***This trip will only happen if the conditions on the river are safe for beginners. That will be determined very early Saturday morning****Refunds or credits will be given if the trip is canceled.
Can I come alone? Yes, 98% of those attending this event normally register on their own. You welcome to bring as many non member guests, friends & co workers as you’d like, just make sure to register for the number of people that you want below. Our staff will be ready to greet you and introduce you to others whether you are on your own or with guests.
Do I need a ticket? If this is a free event, no. For paid events: Unless otherwise instructed, if you registered and paid for this event or registered with a voucher your name will be on a list at the door. If you register within 3 hours of the event it is best to bring proof of payment. If registering with a voucher follow the instruction on the voucher. If you registered and paid a confirmation email will be sent to you when you registered and on the day of the event.
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Ages: 21+ Most of our events attract 20’s -40’s although some events can skew younger or older (50’s) depending on the event. Some events are clearly age specific as indicated. If this is an issue for you contact Dave at the address below and we can usually give you a very accurate idea of what to expect.
Who Comes to These?: Our activities attract NY Professionals from all backgrounds and professions who are looking to expand their social circles. You will also find others who are looking to learn something, network for business, try something they have never done before or enjoy something they love doing but can’t get their friends to do. There may also be some people looking to find that someone special who share a passion for the same activities (but don’t make this the sole reason you come out).
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This event is nonrefundable unless the event is canceled or rescheduled.
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