So Quiet at the Lake

Thursday night we had a great thunderstorm throughout the evening and into the night. Paula and I sat on the covered porch for most of it. Quite something.

Yesterday and today were beautiful. The water is quite warm. I spend considerable time on the water– both in the kayak, and trolling from the Jon boat. I am still amazed at how quiet the lake is.

Last night was perfectly clear, with no moon. We were out, taking in the stars. I saw a couple shooting stars– I understand we should see a meteor shower Sunday night….

One troubling trend– I have been noticing more power boats at some of the rental camps. This is not a good– given the increase risk that invasive species will be introduced to Loon Lake from these boats.

How did it get to be August? We have been away for a bit, given family obligations. It seemed like forever, yet it was actually less than two weeks. Paula said she felt the same. I feel that the Summer is flying by…


The Joys of Owning a Boat

The Whaler is down here on the Hudson for a bit. I keep it on the water, in a slip at the Coeymans Marina. I like to cruise on the Hudson, watching the Bald Eagles. Paula and I also like to take it down to Hudson, and then walk into town for lunch. This is a beautiful section of the River.

The Hudson is always a challenge, and always offers up different conditions, given the changes in current, tide, and wind; coupled with the big waves created by the large ships and tugs with barges.

And this week we dealt with torrential downpours.

It was in one such storm that I went down to check on the boat. A Whaler is unsinkable, so I was not too worried. When I got to the boat, I found it to be essentially a bathtub, filled with water. The bilge pump had drained the deep cycle battery and quit.

I switched to the starting battery, drained the boat, and started the motor to charge the batteries. In a driving rain, with thunder all around. In checking the deep cycle battery, I realized it was 4 years old. So I decided to replace it.

The marina was accommodating, as I grabbed a battery of their shelf, saying, “I’ll be back to settle up.” Eric the mechanic lent me a wrench, as he worked, dry, in one of the garages. The rain did let up a bit, while I switched out the batteries. All good for now.

Not exactly what I had in mind when I decided to bring the Whaler down here, so I could spend more time using it on the Hudson.

This is not funny

We actually have a president who just threatened another country– via Twitter. We have a president who has openly embraced an enemy of this country and who has disavowed our own non political intelligence agencies.

We have a president who is contemptible, dishonest, ignorant and racist. He has no respect for the rule of law and is morally unfit to lead this country.

What to do? Impeachment is highly unlikely, given congressional dysfunction. Therefore, I suggest two things. First, vote! Support voter registration. Support voter turnout. Make your voice heard, at all levels, at every opportunity. Second, challenge the administration, on every front and issue, large and small. Kudos to the ACLU, for doing exactly this. Support the groups that are instituting these legal challenges. Collectively, we can achieve what individually we cannot.

Don’t just sit back and do nothing. Counter this incompetence with an intelligent, reasoned approach.

I don’t enjoy writing this, but I cannot remain silent.

Mid July at the Lake

What a run of good weather! We have not had any significant rain since the end of June. The temperatures cooled off over the past week, and it was comfortably cool at night. We may get a thunderstorm late afternoon today.

We have had enough wind to get the sailboat on the lake. The ridges surrounding us result in some interesting wind patterns.

The water is quite pleasant for swimming- which we do several times a day, dogs included. The dogs are in quite a routine, here. Fully speed outside, zonked out asleep inside.

We are fortunate in that Loon Lake is quite remote. There is very little activity. An occasional boat goes by, and you usually see a couple of kayaks or canoes out. The folks around the lake have made a concerted effort to keep the lake free of invasive species– so far we have been successful. It is so quiet and peaceful, that I fell asleep, just floating on my kayak, lazing in the sun….

Yesterday, after dropping the kids at soccer camp, Paula and I climbed Haystack Mt. in Ray Brook. About 2/3rds of the way in, just before the serious climbing began, we crossed Ray Brook at a small concrete dam, with a water intake structure behind in, in the small impoundment. I am curious as to its purpose.

The last of our guests/family are leaving later today. Paula and I will have the camp to ourselves for the first time in about 2 weeks.