New Year's midnight log entry

It is customary in the maritime services (Coast Guard and Navy) to write a rhyming entry in the logbook for midnight on New Year’s Eve instead of the usual matter-of-fact prose account. In that tradition, I offer this verse: The tide table tells me what this cloudy

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Historic tugs and more

Thanks to downriver-neighbor Dock for alerting me to this fleet of boats on the river. A flotilla of historic working vessels will be traveling the Hudson River and visiting riverside communities in coming weeks. Tugs, fireboat, steam launches, canal schooner, dutch barge, etc. will be featured. I

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Dam builders

This morning, my cross-river neighbor Tim mentioned that he recently noticed a beaver swimming along the shore at the Tivoli Landing. Probably the same beaver I saw one evening while kayaking home from Tivoli last week. I wonder where its lodge is located. Beavers are known for

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Water temperature

Water temperature reading: 78 degrees F. In recent days, the water temperature climbed above 75 degrees for the first time this summer.

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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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