Saugerties Lighthouse Vacation

A family who were recent guests at the lighthouse posted two videos on youtube.com about their stay at the lighthouse. The videos provide an interesting overview of what it’s like to visit the lighthouse. Everyone has a different experience, and these videos show one example. For anyone

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August

August was called the “Sturgeon Moon” by fishing tribes because the sturgeon was easier to catch in late summer. I call this month “Katydid Moon” because the katydids start up their nighttime chorus. This year I first noticed their sing-song stridulation the night after the August full

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Osprey mating fails

The opsrey pair gave up the nest in the treetop near the mouth of Esopus Creek. After sitting on the nest for two to three weeks in late April/early May, they started a second round of courtship. They made a half-hearted attempt at a nest on channel

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River neighbors

I walked down to the Tivoli landing carrying a portable drill. As I strapped it on the back of my kayak, a man standing nearby gave me a quizzical look and asked what I was doing. Short answer: “My neighbor in Glasco needs to borrow a drill,

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Cranes, hoists and winches

The winter took its toll on the lighthouse dock. River ice bent and tore the steel pilings. After spring thaw, the dock was sagging at one end and off-kilter at the other. The pilings for the ramp were bent like pretzels. I attached some temporary supports to

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Winds of change

As the season switches from winter to spring, the winds of change blow fiercely. Lately, the wind has been gusting over 30 mph and creating white caps and 3-foot swells on the river. Anything not lashed down is at the whim of the wind gusts. Today, I

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