This is a repost of a diary I wrote Aug 25, 2011 about exactly the kind of legacy that Pete Seeger left to us all. Pete Seeger’s sloop Clearwater often docks here in New Jersey and we are so grateful to know these wonderful folks. Please check out the video clip at the end it will help you see and understand just how Pete Seeger saw the Hudson and why he worked so hard to save it.
Last nite I witnessed something extraordinary and heartening. I was at a special campfire in Alpine NJ, along the Hudson below the Palisades. The campfire was a collaboration between the Clearwater ship of Pete Seeger fame and the Palisades Interstate Park’s NJ Section. The Clearwater often docks at the Alpine Boat Basin while traveling up and down the Hudson and giving their environmental programs and sails for the public. The sloop houses a wonderful crew of young folks who live on the boat and not only care for its upkeep, but teach young people how to sail and about the health and ecology of the Hudson river. It is NOT an easy job. It is, like the Peace Corps – the toughest job you’ll ever love. One week on the Clearwater is a physical workout like Cory Booker has never seen. The huge sails are raised by human strength alone. The sleeping quarters are not much different than they were over a hundred years ago when these boats plied the waters of the Hudson . No modern conveniences, but that is part of the charm.