December in the Hudson Valley 2017....
managed to get the skates out on the 17th... ice was about 2" thick on Heron swamp. Will check Tivoli Bay the day after Xmas - a cold snap looks to be arriving then - at this point suggesting 4-5 nights of single digits. That's what we need! Get your runners sharpened!
|Dec. 12. 2017 - A light covering of snow didn't hinder the skates, though slowed down the puck a bit.|
Heron Swamp is a hidden little skating gem in upper Red Hook. Surrounded by hills on 3 sides, it is a pretty place to navigate the trees and bushes in the shallow swamp.
see last photo for the nests of the namesake birds.
|Reid demonstrates the sailing position of the skipper. Galatea's cockpit is one of the larger ones, stretched out to 8 foot!|
Galatea has had some exciting sailing since getting back on the ice a few years back!
|waiting for the cold...|