A Kayaker’s Thank You Note

by Jane Ahrens
Naugatuck Valley Outdoors Club kayakers at the Race with Bob Brooks.

October 2016
Hello Jane,

I am writing another thank you note to the Fishers Island Community like I did last year, but this time to specifically salute local native Bob Brooks.

Naugatuck Valley Outdoors Club members.

Four members of the Naugatuck Valley Outdoors Club ventured over in our kayaks to Fishers Island last Saturday, October 8th. We landed at Dock Beach and walked to Union Chapel because I read about the Fall Fair that was to be held there. We bought some lunch, purchased raffle tickets, and sat with some of the folks from the community while we ate. We struck up a conversation with Bob Brooks and right after lunch, he very kindly volunteered to give the four of us a tour of the area in his wife’s SUV. We had a great time! He drove us down through town, down to Race Point via the dirt road and showed us many sights, like the recycling center and some of the old Army bunkers and artillery installations. We continued on and learned about the American Legion Post, Village Market, Magnet School, and the Community Center. We even got to see the emergency ambulance boat down at the dock. Afterward, he dropped us back down near our boats at Dock Beach and we headed back. On our way back to Groton, one of those brand new high-speed yellow hovercraft vessels passed a mere 100 yards in front of us and it generated no wake!

Anyway, I just wanted to say that every time we visit Fishers Island it always turns into an unexpected adventure and we always enjoy visiting the community. We will be back again next year!

Thanks and Regards,

Joe Ruggiero
Naugatuck Valley Outdoor Club
Southbury, CT

Members of NVOC (Naugatuck Valley Outdoor Club)

May 2015
Hello Sarah,

We really enjoyed our visit and the consideration that you and the other members of the staff at the Fishers Island Community Center provided to us on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Fishers Island is an interesting and accessible destination from CT for kayakers like us! The website and your knowledge about the community provided us with a great opportunity to experience something more than just a simple paddle into the Long Island Sound and back. Granted that we had a little bit of an adventure getting back to CT in the dense fog late in the day, but we did so safely with a GPS and a compass. Thanks again for the hospitality. We truly appreciate it.

Warmest Regards,

Joe Ruggiero and the other members of NVOC (Naugatuck Valley Outdoor Club)

Click on any image to see a larger version. Photos c/o Joe Ruggiero


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