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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First swim of the season

Sunny afternoon. After a long run, I took a quick dip in the river. I didn’t linger underwater for more than a second. Water temperature: an invigorating 46 degrees F.

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Osprey nest

The resident osprey pair is back, and this time they are building a nest not on the channel marker across from the lighthouse where they often perch but in a treetop a few hundred yards up the Esopus Creek. This looks like the real deal, not the

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Shanties and strawberries

Last night, the crew of the sloop Clearwater came over to the lighthouse for dessert. We ate homemade strawberry shortcake. Then, we sang sea shanties. The crew is getting ready for another season of sailing on the Hudson River. Tired of singing the same two or three

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Buzz in the air

Springtime is always a busy time of year for an amateur naturalist like myself. So many things happening in the natural world all at once, it’s hard to keep track of it all. Birds migrating. Animals appearing. Insects emerging. Plants popping up. The ice cleared from the

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River otter sighting

Yesterday morning, I spotted a river otter in the mouth of Esopus Creek at the dock at approximately 6:45 AM. At first the otter was beneath the corner of the dock and immediately submerged and swam away. It resurfaced approximately 50 feet away. It swam around in

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Report from Ice Station Glasco

Captain I.R. Dangerous brings a tale of a different sort of ice boating: As some of you may know, the chief bottle washer of Ice Station Glasco is also a bored member of the Saugerties Lighthouse, & holds the prestigious title Chairman of the Dock Committee. Some

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