A school group visited the lighthouse this morning. The tell-tale long-braided hair and simple calico dresses of the girls identified them as members of the Bruderhoff Community in Plattekill Clove. Each student carried a miniature canoe. They carved and painted the canoes themselves. Inspired by reading the storybook Paddle-to-the-Sea, the students planned to launch their canoes on the Hudson River to see where in the world the canoes would end up. Each canoe carried a waterproof container with a note, like a message in a bottle. One by one, the students stood at the edge of the concrete pier and hurled their canoes into the water. Fortunately, they had the advantage of an ebbing tide and a strong northerly wind to help the canoes on the way down the river and hopefully, eventually, out to sea.