Monday, September 21, 2009

The Last Day of Summer


Long Beach, NY circa 1923

Today I spent the last day of the summer in Long Beach, a city in Nassau County, New York on a barrier island off the South Shore of Long Island. The trip started with a 20 minute walk to Penn Station from where my partner and I boarded the 9:37 AM train that took 50 minutes to arrive at our destination. A few minutes later we were walking along the beach. The weather was a perfect 76F and sunny. Unlike the photo above, the beach was pretty empty with only a few people here and there worshipping the sun and a few surfers trying to catch a wave. We sat in the sun for a while and watched the waves coming to shore and the seagulls basking in the sun.
Later in the day we ventured into town for a meal of pizza and coca cola. Cheap but filling. We returned to the oceanfront to walk along the boardwalk which is about 2 1/4 miles long. There's a bike lane on the boardwalk and many cyclists were out enjoying the beautiful weather, even a mom and dad on a two seated bike towing their sleeping child in an attached trailer. At 3:07 PM we boarded the train headed back to Penn Station and arrived home a hour later slightly sun burned but content. Hope you had a wonderful day!




4 comments:

Loddelina said...

It sounds wonderfull - I used to live an hour away from the sea (when you live in a small country like Slovenia, pretty much everything is an hour away...).
Our last day od Summer was sunny and pleasantly warm - a very nice farewell.

Leslie said...

What a lovely way to spend the last day of summer. Funny but I looked at the calendar and saw "first day of fall" as the earmark -- I love that you turned the last day of summer into a quaint celebration. Thanks for sharing Elisa.

Whimsical Creations said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day!

Anya said...

I wish I was living by the sea,
I must two ours drive for it ;)
Lovely post !!!!