I've been writing about, and hearing about, the Hudson River's recent ice jams for a couple of weeks, but it wasn't until this weekend that I got a chance to drive around and see the bulk of it in person.

To quote a guy who we met among the dozens of gawkers we saw during our time roaming around Thurman and Warrensburg, it is like something from another planet.

The river's surface was basically a solid chunk of ice from Lake Luzerne to Cronin's golf course, and upstream of that the walls of ice surrounding the open channel are amazing. You can't get close enough to get a good measurement, but some of the ice walls appeared two or three stories high.

The state-owned land off Golf Course Road was a great place to see it, as is the Route 418 bridge and the open sections of River Road.

The same guy who said it was like the landscape of another planet also said he has lived his entire life around here and has never seen the river as it has been the last couple of weeks. I've been around nearly 30 years, and I have never seen it like this, either.

The force of the water and the noise this cascading ice must have made when it moved must have been something.

-- Don Lehman