Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Little Red Lighthouse

My husband has a sailboat, which we keep in the Hudson River. I have long wanted to take the boat up the Hudson to catch a glimpse of the Little Red Lighthouse from "at sea." So on Tuesday, we took the boat out.

It was a glorious day. Sunny skies, not a cloud in sight. Current was heading in and the winds were favorable. We zoomed up the river and took some glorious shots of the lighthouse.

We also saw this curious Quonset hut, decorated with the image of naked Neptune, a half-naked mermaid, and the Brooklyn Bridge (clad in steel). Also a random angel fish. It's truly wonderful what you can see from the water that you can never see from the shore.

Then, within three minutes, the weather changed dramatically. The wind was fierce. Thunder was rumbling. The sky was black. Lightning split the horizon. The Coast Guard advised "small crafts to seek shelter and put down anchor immediately. If you can hear thunder, you are in danger of being struck by lightning."


But there's no sheltered cover on the Hudson River, and as the rain beat down on us and we fought to the wind to get the boat anchored, I thought: Wow, what I won't do for my blog.


Rick Daley said...

You go, girl! Even Sebastian Junger wrote A Perfect Storm without feeling a drop of rain or the wind through his hair. I'm glad you fared better than the Andrea Gail.

lizzy_lyn said...

Oooooh; scary! But how neat to have a sailboat.

Haste yee back ;-) said...

Did ya catch any fish... striped bass? Yes, I know you don't fish from a *sail boat,* but I do/have!

Haste yee back ;-)

Brenda Bowen said...

Haste yee back: Fishing in the Hudson River under the GW Bridge = not very tasty fish. But thanks for the idea.

Rick -- what an interesting blog you have!

Haste yee back ;-) said...

Tasty fish...
Yup, we had the same problem with stripers anywhere in California, full of PCB, lead, nickle, actually any industrial waste run-off.

But, it's still a great catch-n-release fish. (But then, not everyone likes to fish).

Good luck next week; exciting time for you, I'm sure!

Haste yee back ;-)

Chris Eldin said...

LOL!! I've never been in a boat. Sounds really fun!!

brattcat said...

I'm sending you only the best wishes as you venture out into this new career. May the weather never, never turn on you as you navigate through these new, uncharted (for you) waters.

Rick Daley said...


Thank you for checking out my blog. I'm guessing it was My Daley Rant, and not The Public Query Slushpile you were referring to?

I need to post more frequently, but two works in progress take up a lot of my free time...and responsibilities to my family limit the volume of available free time.