Knock, knock

Early this afternoon, I heard a knock at the front door. This baffled me because the trail was completely flooded and impassible. The lighthouse was surrounded by water, and the dock was submerged. How could someone possibly drop by the lighthouse in these conditions? I opened the

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Cat news

I received an email from Kate, who stayed here with her family on Thursday and took an interest in the cat wandering the premises that afternoon. Here’s what she has to say: I just spoke to the Saugerties Animal Clinic. They report that someone did indeed bring

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Speed limit

Yesterday evening at dusk, I glanced out the kitchen window and noticed a forceful surge of water and ice chunks swirling out of the cove and rushing under the ramp between the dock and the lighthouse. Normally, the movements of river ice are more languid. What could

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Ice terms

While checking out the Coast Guard’s daily ice report for the Hudson River, I encountered unfamiliar terminology. The ice report included descriptions of the type and form of ice such as brash, plate, & fast. I know what these words mean in normal parlance but can only

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Coast Guard Cutter Breaks Ice in Hudson River

The 65-foot Coast Guard ice breaking tug Line was underway for its daily icebreaking mission at dawn, passing by the lighthouse on its way out of the creek and into the river. Lately, the Bayonne, N.J.-based cutter Line is spending the night at the Saugerties station, tied

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Invisible man

Dock emailed me this photo from iceboating with the tag: “He lives!  Spotted on Orange Lake, the Invisible Man!” Andy, one of the other iceboaters, said, “You could rob a bank and get away with it.” As ridiculous as I looked, at least I was warm…sort of.

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Iceboating on Orange Lake

Impatient for ice on the Hudson River, I’d been hounding Dock for the past few days about going to go to Orange Lake where the water is already frozen thick enough for iceboating. Finally, this morning, he phoned to see if I wanted to go. Iceboating is

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