Tugboat Roundup

On their way to the Waterford Tugboat Roundout, the Tug Cornell and the Steam Launch Hestia passed by the lighthouse. The Hestia paused on its way upriver to drop off some passengers at the lighthouse dock. The steamboat operator tooted the whistle when arriving and departing, to

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Trail Conditions: new boardwalk

The wetland boardwalk was upgraded with new footings, brackets and anchors. These improvements secure the boardwalk against flooding while making a more pleasant walking experience through the tidal marsh. The boardwalk improvements were made possible through a grant from the Hudson River Improvement Fund of the Hudson

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Between the Thunderstorms

The annual Between the Tides Music Festival at the lighthouse was renamed the “Between the Thunderstorms” party on account of the rain. After 15 years of sunny weather during the annual festival, the lucky streak was broken and the rain poured down on the event. The diehards

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Lighthouse at Willis Avenue

For a fleeting moment, the lighthouse was on Willis Avenue. Then, the avenue kept on moving down the river. The replacement for the Willis Avenue Bridge is on it’s way to the Harlem River today. The massive steel structure was built at Coeymans, NY. Now, three tugs

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Trail Conditions: post-flood

High winds and heavy waves scoured beaches and parts of the trail, moving sand and rerouting the footpath. Recent flooding left bridges and boardwalks disheveled. Repairs are planned for early April.

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Ice Sailing on Tivoli Bay

A contingent of ice boaters enjoyed stiff breezes and sunshine on Sunday afternoon. A half-dozen antique “stern-steerer” ice boats graced the solid ice on South Tivoli Bay. Many of the ice boats are over 100 years old. Dock Shuter (aka Captain Dangerous) loaned me Floater, so I

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Shuga

The word for the day is “shuga”: spongy white ice lumps formed in churning water. A return to freezing temperatures and a wave-churning north wind combined to form shuga, which covered the shore this morning like acres of snow cones.

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Winter flood

A rainstorm quickly brought the Esopus Creek to flood-stage. The frozen ground could not soak up the rain, so it swelled the creeks. The weather system also brought a storm surge up the Hudson River. Flood water + storm surge = stranded at the lighthouse. The water

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New ice

Overnight temperatures in the single digits. A sheen of new ice coated the navigation channel. The first barge of the day pushed through the thin layer, breaking and churning ice under its bow as it went. I heard the barge as it approached, crunching through the ice.

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