Cold winter night

The temperature is in the single digits and dropping. Severe wind chill expected overnight but just a breeze at the moment. The tide is ebbing, carrying ice floes swiftly past the lighthouse. Occasionally, I hear a commotion outside. It is the ice settling and cracking as the

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New Year's Day 2009

Yesterday morning, while firing up the coalstove, I looked out the parlor windows and noticed mergansers swimming in the open water at the mouth of the creek, the first large flock of mergansers for the season. Ice lined the creek and coves, but open water remained in

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Trail conditions: snow and slush

Heavy snowfall and wind overnight covered the trail in drifts over a foot deep. A footpath is cleared through the snow but continuing snowfall and wind may cover the path with snow again. Low-lying areas are slushy from a mix of snow and tidewater. Snow-boots recommended. Proceed

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Trail conditions: flotsam and ice

Friday’s full moon tide met heavy run-off from this week’s rainstorm. The trail was submerged under waist-deep water on Friday afternoon. Winds out of the north drove floating debris and driftwood onshore. The water receded as the tide ebbed, leaving behind flotsam and puddles on portions of

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