Speed limit

Yesterday evening at dusk, I glanced out the kitchen window and noticed a forceful surge of water and ice chunks swirling out of the cove and rushing under the ramp between the dock and the lighthouse. Normally, the movements of river ice are more languid. What could

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Ice terms

While checking out the Coast Guard’s daily ice report for the Hudson River, I encountered unfamiliar terminology. The ice report included descriptions of the type and form of ice such as brash, plate, & fast. I know what these words mean in normal parlance but can only

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Coast Guard Cutter Breaks Ice in Hudson River

The 65-foot Coast Guard ice breaking tug Line was underway for its daily icebreaking mission at dawn, passing by the lighthouse on its way out of the creek and into the river. Lately, the Bayonne, N.J.-based cutter Line is spending the night at the Saugerties station, tied

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Invisible man

Dock emailed me this photo from iceboating with the tag: “He lives!  Spotted on Orange Lake, the Invisible Man!” Andy, one of the other iceboaters, said, “You could rob a bank and get away with it.” As ridiculous as I looked, at least I was warm…sort of.

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Iceboating on Orange Lake

Impatient for ice on the Hudson River, I’d been hounding Dock for the past few days about going to go to Orange Lake where the water is already frozen thick enough for iceboating. Finally, this morning, he phoned to see if I wanted to go. Iceboating is

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Ice sounds

The thermometer indicated 16 degrees F at sunrise this morning. I stepped outside to fill the birdfeeder. The wake of a passing tug jostled the layer of ice on the water. Undulating with each wave, the ice made a thin, metallic sound. If you ever stood on

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Disturbing the peace

This evening, I rowed the boat up the creek to the sloop Clearwater for the monthly community potluck dinner. The water was tranquil and a gibbous moon shone overhead. The air was so still that Danny, one of the Clearwater crew members, said that he could hear

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