Punishment for Goofing Off
Right now J. and I are blessed to have a lot of time to spend together and flexibility in what we do so we want to take advantage of that. I had to go out to Long Island to pick up some work equipment and J. came along so we could go to the beach. I can’t remember the last time either of us saw the ocean I think it was last Easter but I’m not positive. Originally we were going out to Montauk but it was 1 1/2 hours further then we needed to go so we looked for something that was on the way back. We found Robert Moses State Park and the Fire Island Lighthouse. We thought we would walk along the beach and scope out the light house for a couple hours before heading home. We thought we had to park at the state park field house (it costs $8) and later realized we could have driven straight to the light house and saved ourselves the money. It was a nice walk along a board walk from the parking to the light house that passed through six foot tall reeds swaying in the breeze. The light house itself was pretty standard and for $6 a person you could go to the top. I’m sure the view was great but we didn’t want to spend the money. Since we had paid for the right to hit the beach we figured we would head out that way. And we got a nice perspective for some photos of the light house.
What we also got a good view of was nude sunbathers. Unfortunately for us there was no sign like the one up top on the boardwalk that warned us. Instead we slowly started noticing one and after older usually less fit and incredibly tanned person literally hanging out enjoying the beach. I guess we should be more worldly or less prudish but I just couldn’t enjoy the beach anymore. We walked a little ways trying to focus on the waves or our feet was ended up taking the next boardwalk exit we saw. Back at the field house (where the bathrooms are) there was also a playground so imagine the whole strip isn’t “clothing optional” but you would think they would put some sort of warning up when you enter the parking lot.
The beach itself though was beautiful- it reminded me a lot of the Outer Banks in NC because of the dunes and dune grass. It wasn’t really crowded although it was a Monday after school had started so I imagine on a weekend it would have been a lot worse. We didn’t explore more of Fire Island because you have to get around by Ferry or water taxi and we didn’t really have time for all that but it looked like it would be a fun place to spend the day.