jet skiing on the hudson!

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while my siblings were in town this past week, we went jet skiing on the hudson river all around the island. i couldn’t believe how close we were to the statue of liberty and going under the brooklyn bridge on a jet ski is something else. you guys, this was so much fun.

i think josh and i had about 4 or 5 couple friends do this at different points over the summer and every time we discussed it after, they told us we needed to go… that it was one of the best things they’d done in the city! however, josh WILL NOT be talked into doing this because he doesn’t want to risk touching the water in the hudson which he believes will basically kill you (somehow this argument doesn’t exist when he wants to go sailing though, because we’ve sailed on the hudson river together a few times now.) so it worked out perfectly as my siblings and i started brainstorming our plans for the week and were like, “what should we do with 80 degree weather in mid october?!”

but really… i’d never been on a jet ski before and i am SOLD. i’m sure it’s a good time anywhere but it’s such an experience to do this along side skyscrapers. jetting around with my family was so much fun and our tour guide was the nicest, which probably added to our experience. i am happy to report that i did not fall in! even when i drove full speed while also holding out my go pro! my brother isaac had his go pro out as well and was wearing it when his jet ski crashed into the water. the video is epic and we have laughed so hard watching it play back. so anyway, renting jet skis and jetting around the waters of manhattan? A MUST. even with that first splash of hudson water that totally went into my mouth, i don’t regret it.


kind of the best way to see lady liberty, i have to say.

i don’t know what it was about going under the brooklyn bridge and having that freedom to kind of zig zag and just play in the water below it, but i couldn’t stop smiling and screaming purely out of joy. i shared a jet ski with my sister rachel, who later told me i was reckless while driving near the bridge. lol. sorry rach, but seriously. so fun.

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i regret that i wasn’t filming when they went down. ;) also, can you believe the water temperature was 77 degrees and then there’s that burst of fall foliage color popping out behind them on the trees?! october in new york has me all sorts of confused this year, but i’ll take it.


group photo before we started! all dry and happy!

i am so thankful for this bunch of sillies i get to call family. we cried hard and laughed even harder the past few days and all i know is i am so lucky to have them in my life. can’t wait to do this again with them all in 2 years once my brother is back from serving a mission for our church. mexico, take care of him for us. and make sure you let him play all the pianos in sight while he’s there.

  1. Britt

    oh my goodness! this looks like so much fun- crazy how warm it is in NYC still!

    siblings are pretty much the best.


    i’ve got an outwear roundup on my blog today-

  2. Corina

    Gorgeous photos Naomi. Looks like you guys had an amazing time.
    The comment about Josh’s anxiety for the Hudson river made me laugh so hard…but then cry on the inside because that would definitely be me!

    • TAZA

      i admit it’s what i thought about the majority of the time on the water! but still not sick, so hopefully we missed all the toxics. :/

  3. Carly

    You and your sisters have the most beautiful smiles!

    It looks like a wonderful family day. I”m glad you were able to convince someone to go with you, but now that you mention Josh may be right…’s hard to believe the Hudson isn’t toxic given how much pollution and odor New York City has.

    Nonetheless, it looks like a wonderful experience and I’m glad you survived the toxic waters :)

    Carly from

  4. Elishia

    This looks like an absolute blast! My husband and I kayaked on the Hudson this summer and it was so much fun BUT exhausting for my very limited upper body strength. I always love your posts Naomi and I’m totally inspired to get on a jet ski!! (Although, like Josh, my chap has his own neuroscies and would expect me to die in a jet ski accident!)

    • TAZA

      it’s true! kayaking would be a blast!

  5. Lynn

    Oh gross, the Hudson went in your mouth?! I hope you remembered to spit, not swallow. I feel that way about the Potomac in DC, too, especially when I hear what happens to the overflow of wastewater treatment plants after the rain. *shudder*

  6. Aubrey

    This looks like so much fun! Reminds me of when my husband and I rented a boat earlier this fall and cruised around Capri. Seeing things by water is amazing :)

  7. Sierra

    This looks like so much fun! That video of your brother sounds pretty epic, and it’s always great when you have something to replay and crack up at. Beautifully Candid

  8. Flori

    Naomi! Love this! How did you manage to take good pics while not damaging your camera?! Also, your family is gorgeous.

    • TAZA

      i used a go pro that was in a water proof case! same with my brother’s!

  9. Oh my goodness I love jetskiing!
    I travel to NY so often and I never thought about they having that available in the Hudson River ! What excitement !!!

    Adding to my Bucketlist ! ?

  10. Victoria

    How fun! I’d love to do this someday when I visit NY!

    It’s great that you have such an amazing relationship with your siblings! :)

  11. Chelsea

    *shudder* not sure if I’d be able to do this…looks fun but that river gives me the creeps. Not to mention they pulled a body out of it this weekend :O

  12. Katrin

    This is how you experience NYC the best way possible ~
    Also, what a pretty family!! :)

  13. hanna

    This looks like so much fun! –Hanna Lei

  14. Darlene

    Okay THIS looks completely magical. Like out of a movie! And how amazing you got to experience it with your siblings. I’m the middle of 5 and its nearly impossible for us all to get together with living in 4 different states and having 8 kids between us now, but when we do? Theres just nothing like it.

  15. I didn’t know that you can do jetskiing un the “toxit” Hudson!!! Amaizing but maybe I’d do the sama as Josh! ? Stay out of the water

    Kisses from France

  16. lorena

    It looks so funny bout I think I wouldn’t as well at list at list on the river!!!
    But amazing!!!so nice the skyline from New York

    Regards from


  17. Sophie

    Wow This is amazing ! I didn’t know you can jet ski on the Hudson river ! Now it’s on my bucket list :)

  18. Lisa

    My nephew Chance comes home from his mission in March 2017 and we cannot wait! My sister is counting down the days to hold her oldest in arms again, yet we’re all so proud of the young adult he is now <3