Paddleboards sit lined up by the boat launch on the northern end of Monksville Reservoir.
A few weekends ago, boys and girls, I found myself standing atop what was basically an oversized surfboard, gripping a paddle that was about as tall as I am, starting to punt myself across the surface of the Monksville Reservoir.
If you’re into paddle sports, you’ll know exactly what I was doing. But for those of you who aren’t, an explanation or two is necessary.
I’ve been kayaking since I was a kid, but stand-up paddleboarding – which is what I was doing – is a somewhat different beast. It can best be described as a hybrid of kayaking and surfing, and I’d had an inkling to try it for a little while.
Lambert Tower, at the cliff’s edge in the eastern part of the reservation.
It’s been a busy summer. Done a little more (well, maybe a lot more) hiking, done a little more geocaching, contributed my first column to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s newsletter, Trail Walker – can’t resist a little humblebrag there – and added a few more spots to my must-hike-in-at-least-once list.
And speaking of that list, I finally scratched another place off the list back in late spring when I wandered up to Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson – it’s a long story) for an afternoon’s worth of ambling atop the Watchungs.