Finger Lakes Kayak Commute

July 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm 2 comments

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Start of the commute looks ideal — Allens Creek near Winton Rd

I often ride my bike to work. It is my favorite part of the day because no one can ask me “what’s for dinner?” “please revise this copy — again,” or my favorite line, “we have a situation.” Behind my office is a creek that often creeps up to the back door with spring rains. This spring the water was very high just as I inherited a kayak, allowing me to fulfill an item on my bucket list: a kayak commute.

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Traffic Jam: flooding caused an ugly mess, impossible to paddle through.

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Paddle casualty resulted from traffic jam portage mishap. Smooth water ahead.

Living in the Finger lakes region gives us the distinct advantage of having a variety of wonderful water routes. Besides the most beautiful fresh water lakes in the world, we are bordered by Lake Ontario along the north and we have an incredible natural watershed of rivers, creeks and streams. Allen’s Creek is one of these natural beauties, full of herons, kingfishers, turtles, ducks, even pileated woodpeckers (I saw them ALL) — which originates just south of where I started, and winds north to Irondequoit Bay. It has been a “water fixture” my back yard my whole life, over several moves.


This is a manageable waterfall. Nice to cool off your feet.

Putting the kayak in at the office was simple (where does the laptop go?). But you know commuting can often get complicated. I ran into some interesting jams, pile-ups and detours en route. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

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Backyard view of childhood best friend's house. Bridge was our stage for "3 Billy Goat's Gruff."

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The neighborhood has improved considerably. This log did not just fall here. It serves as a natural bridge.

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You will NEVER see this view via land. This is a windmill + bridge in a back yard.

What you can see from the pictures is how others have made Allen’s Creek into a water element in their backyards in some incredible ways. These are sights you would never be able to see any other way than by floating through.

So how does the story end? I knew the creek went right to the end of my neighborhood street (Corbett’s Glen) I somehow forgot about the 8′ waterfall that separated me from actually pulling out near the end of Colonial Village.

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This is NOT a navigable waterfall. Time to ditch.

Thank goodness for 2 good Samaritans, one who reminded me that there was a VERY BIG waterfall ahead, and the second who helped me hoist my kayak, and me out over a high wall just before I became creek chum.

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Here is the water route from work to home — scenic route, not express route — about 3 hours.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Monster For Rent  |  July 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Great pictures and sounds like you had a great adventure as well!

    As a native of Rochester, those pictures make me homesick.

    I seem to recall folks trout fishing in Allens Creek years ago.

  • 2. Finger Lakes Summer  |  August 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I think people do fish in Allens Creek. Where I pulled my kayak out, Corbett’s Glen is a popular fishing spot.


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