Get up, get out, and get to the beach!

Aug 9, 2012

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beach day 2012

Ya’ll I went to the beach and lived to tell about it. Let’s be clear, I’m not a beach-er. I live in New York City and can’t afford to leave. I’ve never been to the Hampton’s and the thought of Coney Island or Rockaway makes me want to lock the doors to my air conditioned apartment and never leave. People in the city lay out on the grass in Sheep’s Meadow or in my case Astoria Park, and think nothing of it. Another point to clear is that I do not lay out. I enjoy park time, but always under a tree in a quiet corner.

BUT, one of our girlfriends is leaving the city for a few months for a job so she requested that her “going away party” be a beach day. Confession, I was totally three sheets to the wind on some watermelon margarita’s when I agreed to this business, but I’m nothing if not a woman of my word. Paperwork was filed for a day off, a swimsuit was purchased, and beach day was on! Enter Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island, NY.

seagulls at the beach

long sandy road

strict swimming guidelines

unmanned lifeguard station

Notice a theme? Yep, it was overcast the whole day and It. Was. Awesome. You know you’re advancing in years when you go to the beach and are totally unphased and markedly relieved that the sun stayed behind the clouds and you were able to enjoy your day without the peril of debilitating sunburn or dehydration.

all of the beach-y things

Even though it was cloudy, we were still able to partake in all of the usual beach activities. Shell collecting and rock skipping. Lunching and sandcastle building. I bought a beach ball at the 99 cent store but it was carried on the wind to new adventures very early in the day, and the Frisbee was well, worth 99 cents and fared better as a repository for shells and rocks.

And yes, we did build our sandcastle out of empty lunchable containers and a guacamole tub, post guac consumption. We even gave it an underground subway tunnel, it was very Second Avenue construction you know. Then we got bored and buried the ‘Rooms in the sand and gave him boobs. Duh. We’re getting older, not less fun.

All of this would not have been made possible if it weren’t for the incredible child New Yorker wrangling skills of the ‘Rooms who spear headed the booking of the minivan and many many Facebook threads and group texts about the what, where, when and how much. You’d be shocked the level of co-ordination it takes to get seven grown ass adults to stop what they’re doing and get the heck out of dodge. Mission accomplished. See you in another five years beach!


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Alisa August 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

Your joy about the lack of sun is hilarious. Also your photography is lookin good!

I rapidly start to shrivel up and die if too many consecutive summer days pass with no beach activities – it’s a defect that happens to people who live near the Great Lakes. During the year I lived in NYC (okay, Staten Island.. I know that doesn’t really count), I tried to go to Rockaway Beach once out of sheer desperation and all I remember is hours and hours and hours and hours of public transportation. And that was the day I mentally started packing boxes to move back to Michigan.

Good call on the minivan, total game changer.


Beckie August 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

Zip car, a New Yorker’s best friend. We forget to use it all too often but the ‘Rooms is an excellent road warrior and Siri and I are trusty navigators.

The ability to get out of NY is key to calming the feeling of being trapped!

Brett Torrey Haynes August 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

Gorgeous! I’m on the Big Island and you just have to go to the beach every week. It’s the law & I’m a law-abiding citizen.


Beckie August 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

Such a fine upstanding American.

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