Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a three-hour kayak trip on the Hudson River from Mountain Valley Guides (up to a $65 value). Trips begin at the launch sites in Hastings-on-Hudson and Cornwall-on-Hudson.
With a host of guided tours and a roster of experienced kayak sages, Mountain Valley Guides facilitates fun and adventurous floats for paddle wielders of all levels and abilities. Seafarers will be outfitted with a kayak and all the necessary gear before setting off for a three-hour tour of the Hudson’s scenic waters. Hastings trips promise stunning views of the Palisades Cliffs and New York City skyline, and Cornwall trips showcase Storm King Mountain vistas and sightings of bald eagles and other wildlife. The twilight ambiance of either location’s sunset paddle tour sets the mood for quiet contemplation and mermaid seduction. With tour sizes of 8–20 kayakers, each boater can receive personal instruction while honing their strokes and trolling for lily pads. Paddlers can refuel at Mountain Valley Guides’ own ice-cream stand in Cornwall. Check the schedule to reserve one of the three-hour trips offered at Cornwall or Hastings.
Mountain Valley Guides
In Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, narrator Sal Paradise has this to say about New York’s most famous river: "If you drop a rose in the Hudson River at its mysterious source in the Adirondacks, think of all the places it journeys by as it goes out to sea forever—think of that wonderful Hudson Valley." At Mountain Valley Guides, the kayaking team allows customers to heed Sal’s thoughts and explore the river's expanse of open water, marshes, islands, and cliffs.