Charlotte Kayak Club. I'm first row, far left.
Kayakers in Charlotte, NC have the same friendly and open personality that I enjoyed up north. In Long Island City, the non profit boathouse was run by volunteers and we focused on educating folks about the waterways and giving (mostly) underserved youths a chance to paddle on Sundays in a protected cove. Our reward? The "Friday Night Chill Paddles" from Queens to Brooklyn and around Roosevelt Island. We also did longer paddles on weekends down to Governor's Island and up to the Bronx. More experienced paddlers did overnight trips circling Manhattan Island, or escorted swimmers during long races.
The NYC skyline is a pretty amazing backdrop and the evening paddles were nice and calm. The buddy system, flashlights and walkie talkies were key, because kayakers have to share the river with tugboats, ferries and barges.
Lake Davidson is a bit calmer than the East River!
The view from my borrowed Old Town 12'
Fishing rigs and some paddle boarders rounded out the group.
We stopped to share a little picnic, and some stayed after dark to see the International Space Station zoom overhead.
What a nice night, and a good group of people! I heard there's a used 14' for sale...