Special projects

My two brothers traveled from the city for a visit. Even though they were taking a day-off from work, they wondered if I didn’t have any special projects to do. There are always plenty of projects at the lighthouse, so we went to work. We assessed the

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Paddle-to-the-Sea

A school group visited the lighthouse this morning. The tell-tale long-braided hair and simple calico dresses of the girls identified them as members of the Bruderhoff Community in Plattekill Clove.  Each student carried a miniature canoe.  They carved and painted the canoes themselves. Inspired by reading the

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Spring peepers

Finally, after an overcast week, clear skies. In the western sky shined a crisp sliver of the waxing new moon and the bright planet Venus. The reappearance of the stars prompted me to dust off the telescope and take a look around. A magnified view of the

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Flood weary

The river at flood-stage is a mighty force to behold. Wind-driven waves combined with high water have reeked havoc all week. After five consecutive nights and days of flood-stage high-tides, I am feeling worn down from contending with the aftermath of the flood. Damage to both deck

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Call of the loon

Needing a break from flood clean-up, I went to town for the evening. I returned in the dark. The wind, which had been blowing none stop for days out of the north, had finally stopped. The water was becalmed.  In the stillness, I could distinctly hear the

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Trail conditions: !!!

Good is you are waterfowl looking for wetlands. Not so good if you want to get to the lighthouse. Flood water receded from the trail for a few hours this morning, just long enough to lash together boardwalks to keep them from floating away with the next

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Trail work at night

I couldn’t fall back asleep after my brief vigil last night, so I decided to make the most of the wee hours. I put on chest waders over my pajamas and ventured onto the flooded trail. As I waded through thigh deep water, windblown waves broke against

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Keeping vigil

I set my alarm for 1:00 AM. High tide is at 2:07 AM. The Esopus Creek is expected to crest later tonight. When I woke to my alarm and took a look around, I was surprised to see the floodwaters within 6 inches of topping the granite

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