On Sunday (day 183) I had made plans to ride into the city with Steve to meet up with a kayak club from Maryland to do a paddle to and around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Of course I had already been there but I was looking forward to sharing the experience with the group. However, by Saturday night (after the club picnic) the weather predictions for Sunday were looking iffy. That, combined with the fact that the three hour outing would involve four hours of driving, was enough to steer us away from the trip. As it turned out by Sunday morning the trip organizers had called off the outing due to the weather.
The entire day wasn’t spent at home, I did go for a ride with Kristen and friend Paul in search for a farm stand to pick up some vegetables for dinner. We got a late start and ended up at a small grocery but the outing did give me a chance to see a sampling of some of Long Islands farm country. For such a populated region it’s good to see that so much open space still remains devoted to agriculture and woodland. To me the value of land not occupied by buildings and blacktop can’t be overstated.