The August Project: 8-16-13. Chasing Rainbows.

Today my kayak partner and I met up at 6:00 to go out for a short paddle at the Plattsburgh Boat basin. When I arrived to pick her up I stated “it appears we will get rained on, but it always makes for great rainbows”. Her reply “That’s a great way to look at it”.

We hurried to the Plattsburgh Boat Basin to get our kayaks in the water. heavy cloud cover had rolled in overhead, and the sun was hiding securely behind them. My hopes to capture another great rainbow had faded a bit, but I was still hopeful that the clouds would make for a perfect sunset over steeples and monuments of downtown Plattsburgh.

Headed into the Plattsburgh Boat Basin under heavy cloud cover
Headed into the Plattsburgh Boat Basin under heavy cloud cover

We paddled through choppy waters through the boat basin toward the shore of the old Officers Club beach. I turned to look back at the sailboats that were gently rocking back and forth and take a moment to listen to the sounds of the metal clanging against their masts. Behind them I could see that we were about to find ourselves paddling in a downpour.

Giant raindrops on the surface of the water.
Giant raindrops on the surface of the water.

My hopes to capture a rainbow were heightened by this impending rain. We turned back toward the mouth of the Saranac River to wait in hopes that the sunshine we could see was going to produce a rainbow. As we rounded the corner of the point, we looked back to see the most magnificent double rainbow I had seen so far this season. We could hear the sounds of the raindrops on the water, the clanging of the sailboats, and the constant shutter of our cameras while we tried to capture this spectacle.

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The Rainbows faded away as the sun dipped lower behind the trees. We took a moment to venture by the Champlain and the Macdonough monuments before retreating back to shore. Again, another perfect end to another perfect Adirondack Coast day.

Macdonough Monument
Macdonough Monument
Champlain Monument
Champlain Monument
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