|In the morning, I went to Grand Island Town Hall for a meeting. The meeting was very productive. I then went to the southern end of the island, which is where I stayed for a number of hours.|
|"I travel slowly because I carry my house on my back."|
|Pretty yellow shell, with snail inside. This was a very shy snail, and I never once saw it emerge from its shell.|
|Could it be... a snail convention??? By the time I had finished clearing out the area around the holly bush, there was a collection of snails in a small open area. The convention had grown.|
|After the gardening job, it was onward to Beaver Island State Park for a kayaking tour with Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper.|
|We started by paddling in the lagoon before heading out to the Niagara River.|
|It was hard to paddle against the current, but I did it. Once we crossed the river, we found ourselves in calm waters at Strawberry Island. It is the island that I wrote about a few years ago in this blog. Here is a link to the blog post, dated January 25th, 2015. It is still a work in progress. The land is now owned by New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and it is now called Strawberry Island State Park.|
|It was a beautiful day to paddle.|
|Here we are at Motorboat Island, which was once the home of a motorboat club, owned by Fingy Connors of Buffalo. The clubhouse was opened on September 27th, 1907, and it burned down in 1909. A commercial clambake was held on the island before the clubhouse was opened. The remains of the boat slips can still be seen on the shore of the island. Here is a link to an Island Dispatch article that I wrote about a presentation on Strawberry Island and Motorboat Island.|
We then paddled back to Grand Island, crossing the river for the second time. It was a great adventure for a summer's evening.
For conversation: what do you enjoy doing on a summer's day?