Past Meetup

Kayak Beneath HOT AIR BALLOONS on the Hudson River!!!

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The 2013 Hot Air Balloon launches in the morning at Dutchess County

HVH will be in Kayaks to watch them take-off and drift overhead.

Balloons are planned to lift off at 6am. Sunrise is at 5:30. Gates open at 4am, but we hope to be on the water by 5am to watch the sun rise over Poughkeepsie. Bring a headlamp.

We will enter the water on the Dutchess side of the river, hugging the shore and then paddling out to the center to watch sun rise and the hot air balloons take off, before paddling back. Pack a thermos of hot cocoa or coffee, sunglasses, a camera and bincolars for when the balloons fly out of sight.

Kayak Rentals Available. Rental inludes life vest, paddle, boat and transport of the boat to and from the put-in.

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- Directions to Quiet Cove -

From Massachusetts: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) West into New York. Take the Taconic Parkway South, and exit the Parkway onto Route 199 (Red Hook, Pine Plains). Continue on Route 199 West until you intersect with Route 308 West. Take Route 308 West into Rhinebeck where you will then intersect Route 9 South. Take Route 9 South about 14 miles. Quiet Cove will be on your right.

From Connecticut: From Southern Connecticut take I-95 South to I-287. Take I-287 West to I-684 North. Continue on I-684 to I-84. Take I-84 West to exit 13 (Route 9). Go North on Route 9. Quiet Cove is located approximately 16 miles north on the left side of Route 9.

From Northern Connecticut follow Southern Connecticut directions beginning with I-84 West.

From Northern New York: Take the New York State Thruway South to Exit 18 (New Paltz). Take Route 299 East to Route 9W South; continue on 9W to Route 44-55 (Mid-Hudson Bridge) Poughkeepsie. Make the first right off the bridge and immediately follow signs for Route 9 North, Hyde Park. Quiet Cove is located approximately 1.5-2 miles north on the left side of Route 9.

From New Jersey and Points South: Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway North to the New York State Thruway. Take the Thruway North to Exit 17 (Newburgh). Take I-84 East to exit 13 (Route 9 North). Quiet Cove is located approximately 16 miles north on the left side of Route 9.

From New York City: Take the Hutchinson River Parkway to 684 North to I-84. Take I-84 West to exit 13 (Route 9). Quiet Cove is located approximately 16 miles north on the left side of Route 9.

NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. For the paddles you should have good swimming ability and be familiar with self-rescue techniques.

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