Two intrepid paddlers are traversing the state of New York from north to south on the water.
And they're looking for a few extra pairs of hands.
British swashbuckler Richard Harpham and photographer Glenn Charles are kayaking 500 miles from Niagara Falls to the Statue of Liberty with a twist—the two are inviting people to travel in their spare boat seats along the way.
The undertaking is called the New York State Spare Seat Kayak Expedition, and the two men hope to spread the word on how to enjoy—and protect–New York's waterways.
Combined, Harpham and Charles have travelled almost 20,000 human-powered miles by kayak, canoe and boat. This time around, the two departed from Buffalo’s Historic Erie Canal Harbor on May 1, and are slated to arrive in the New York Harbor May 21.
Westchester folks who want to meet the duo and become involved will have a couple opportunities this weekend (below information provided by Beczak Environmental Education Center, which is hosting the event):
Saturday, May 19
Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles will be welcomed to Yonkers by Mayor Mike Spano, City Council President Chuck Lesnick, Kevin J. Plunkett, Deputy County Executive and Executive Director of Beczak Environmental Education Center, Cliff Schneider. Harpham and Charles will be guests at an Urban H2O concert following, at Beczak, by the Jammin’ Divas and Kathleen Pemble.
Sunday, May 20
Beczak Environmental Education Center hosts Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles as they share their adventures, their passion for the outdoors, and stories about the people they’ve meet on their travels.
When: Press conference Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m.; Spare Seat Kayak Expedition Program Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY 10701.
For more information: www.beczak.org