...attempts to capture the scenes of life's journey.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Fire Island Ferry
Ferry service between Fire Island and Sayville continues on an abreviated schedule, conditions permitting, throughout the off season. This late November crossing has few hearty folks on the open upper deck.
Calm Reflections..... The dock at the Barret Beach section of the Fire Island National Seashore is mirrored in the unusually calm water of the Great South bay. Calm days on the bay are few and far between.
Dory being restored...... Lovers of wooden boats volunteer their time to restore classic hulls at the Suffolk Maritime Museum. This work in progress is a rowing dory used in seine netting and oyster fishing. For more information about the museum Click here
A building with character........ An out building at Meadowcroft that is scheduled for restoration. Most likely a boat storage shed, it seems to have volumes of family summer stories yearning to be retold. It seems ironic that in saving this stucture through restoration something will be lost.
Ready and Waiting..... The front porch of "Meadowcroft" the restored Roosevelt Family summer home. The former summer home of Teddy Roosevelt's first cousin David is located near the headwaters of Brown's River and has sweeping vistas of the saltmarsh leading to the Great South Bay. In the 1980's this archtectural gem was in disrepair and rescued by the Bayport Historical Society. The local fire department had scheduled a "burn" to train inductees in fire fighting techniques. Restoration continues and tours are available.
I am a recently retired Long Island High School guidance counselor enjoying new found freedom after 34 years in education. I charge my inner batteries by being outdoors, I love fishing, boating, beaching, scuba diving, traveling and photography. I enjoy Manhattan walks, good theatre, a nice meal and a decent glass of wine. I am blessed to have my loving wife as dive buddy, travel companion, co-captain and overall ideal playmate. I come from a loving family and share the joy of having five wonderful grandsons.
Some of the best advice I have heard about this journey we call life was: "Work like you don't need the money, dance like nobody is watching and love like you have never been hurt."
Every River has a story.......... Brown's River is a safe harbor for many boats that call the Great South Bay home. Until recently, the bay was the largest supplier of little Neck Clams in the United States. In the past decade the industry has collapsed due to overfishing and the clam harvest is a mere trickle of it's past glory days. Clammers and clam boats were once as common a sight as seagulls. At this site, along this tired bulkhead clammers would end their day by selling off their day's efforts to buyers who would then bag and ship the catch nationwide. Recently, The Nature Conservatory has begun a re-seeding program in protected clam beds throughout the bay. Perhaps their efforts will someday renew this wonderful resource.