Sunken Meadow — The Greenbelt Trail

Wanted to try the Greenbelt Trail again, this time I picked it up at a starting point from the Sunken Meadow State Park, which is actually mostly a big beach, and I imagine in summer it is packed something awful, but as it is the middle of winter I expected some solitude. I was wrong about that, as the nice weather encouraged lots of folks to get outside, and many went to the state parks, I suppose. Continue Reading →

Fire Island — Oh Deer…

I never realized there was a National Park out here on Long Island, but the Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Area is under the authority of the National Parks Service, and is protected even in summer when on just the other side of the same beach, hordes of beachgoers fill every square foot of sand at Smith’s Point. Continue Reading →

Nissequogue River — The Greenbelt Trail

It wasn’t too cold (today’s hi was 40F), but a little windy, and I was bundled up for the walk. Drove to a new place I had never been along the other side of the Nissequoge River from Short Beach. The Nissequogue River State Park encompasses part of the land of the old Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital. And a section of the Greenbelt Trail goes through here. Continue Reading →

Short Beach — Welcoming in the New Year…

The first day of 2012 — happy new year! Last night we celebrated the new year with unusually warm weather, and so we decided to make a bonfire in the backyard fire pit. We started the fire early enough to make a BBQ and kept it going till midnight! It was lots of fun and a novel way to welcome in the new year.
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Short Beach — The Marshy Side…

Today I set out for a walk on the beach along the Long Island Sound at Short Beach in Smithtown, but when I got there, I decided to take a different path, and go around by the marsh to the other side of the place I went by kayak a few weeks ago. This is where the Nissequogue River actually empties into the Long Island Sound. Continue Reading →