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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Red and green

At night, the Coast Guard station is lit up with flashing red and green lights as if decorated for the holidays. Actually, the flashing lights are atop buoys that the Coast Guard crew removed from the river. The Aids to Navigation Team is in the process of

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Knock knock who's there?

I heard a knock at the window frame. Thump thump. I got up from the kitchen table and looked out the window. No one was there. Just a chickadee picking seeds from the bird-feeder. Then I heard it again. Thump thump. I noticed some movement out of

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Fog bow

Water temperature: 42 degrees. Relatively warm, moist air in contact with the cold river creates fog in the valley. Thick fog on the river this a.m. The morning sun shone through the fog and created a fog bow. A fog bow is like a rainbow but without

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Haunted Hudson River

I heard a faint whistling outside. I look out the window through the blinds but didn’t see anything. Just the wind, I thought. The faint whistle continued intermittently. Then, I heard it loud and clear. A distinct whistle. Definitely not the wind. I put on my jacket

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