Month: February 2007

  • The manifold half-mile

    The distance from the trailhead where I park my car to the front door of the lighthouse is a half mile. How do I get from point A to point B? There a numerous possibilities. For routes, the choices are the trail, the creek, and the cove. More often than not, I walk the trail.…

  • After the blizzard

    After a day and night of wind-driven snow and white-out conditions, I was so excited to see what the snowstorm had brought to the valley that I couldn’t wait for sunrise. I was tromping around outside before dawn with my camera. The creek and river were frozen all the way across. Snowdrifts covered the trail…

  • Snowdrifts

    I put on snowshoes and walked to the mailbox. Along the way, I encountered 2 to 3-foot deep drifts of snow on the trail. In other places, the wind blew the snow clear from the trail. In the relatively protected forest on the shore, the snowfall was actually pleasant and gentle. By comparison, the snow…

  • Blizzard

    Twenty degrees. Wind-driven snow. White-out conditions. Can’t see the opposite shore of the river.

  • Flat Stanley

    Today, a most unusual visitor arrived at the lighthouse, and he arrived by mail. In my mailbox was a large brown envelope. I opened it and found Stanley Lambchop inside. The envelope also contained a letter of introduction. The letter was from the second grade class at an elementary school in Schenectady, New York. The…

  • Ice boating

    Captain I. R. Dangerous called me on the phone this morning. “Is Ballast there?” When Captain Dangerous needs dead-weight in his boat, he calls me. Yesterday, he phoned me asking for a fool and found one. Either way, I’m happy to oblige, because it means I get to ride in his antique ice boat. On…

  • Eagles x3

    This morning, after breakfast, I looked out the parlor window. Common mergansers dived for fish in the open water at the mouth of Esopus Creek. In a nearby treetop, a bald eagle watched the waterfowl with interest. Barely visible in a tree in the south cove, a second adult bald eagle perched. Then, a third…