Day 48 & 49: Loving Long Island

Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Wildwood State Park

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Long Island, or The Hamptons, turned out to be a really pleasant surprise. Matt had been to Long Island before on business and had an industrial impression, our friends who live there were out of town, and our mental image of what made The Hamptons so intriguing made us think we would feel horribly out of place, but we had a curiosity about the place all the same. So, it was a shock to find the friendliest locals we have encountered all roadtrip.
In Sag Harbour we had a family who wanted to introduce their King Spaniel to the kids under the guise of husband wanting to exchange dialogue about Elle MacPherson with Matt, and another couple who wanted to tell us about the best beach on the island, despite him not having been on a beach since the movie Jaws came out. The wife was impressed we were travelling with the kids but visibly shocked when she enquired about the nanny's whereabouts and discovered why Matt had been gone so long in the toilet block. Even the couple we asked about parking permits on East Hampton beach were polite when insisting that without a residents' permit we couldn't park anywhere near the beach, let alone wander down on to such hallowed and private sand. So we took turns running down and taking snaps without actually parking. They told us that we should try our luck at the public beach, Sagg Main, so we did but the parking booth was unmanned and we couldn't buy a ticket. Thinking it was late enough in the day not to be bothered by a parking patrol officer we found a spot and put our cozzies on. Then we saw her. Circling the carpark like a seagull after chips. So the boys went first while Aviva and I did blocks of a very lovely neighbourhood and then we switched. The coastline seemed to stretch forever in both directions with soft sand and lovely grassy dunes but unfortunately the waves were at their dumpiest again, so it was pretty much in and out and back in the car before we got a ticket for indulging our passion for the ocean. (As far as beaches go though, We still prefer Moonlight or Avalon).
Dan had another chance at fishing from the State Park campground (which was really pretty and full of tents instead of RV's) but again came home without a fish. Hasn't dampened his enthusiasm yet though, he was most upset when Matt couldn't find a fishing spot this morning, but it's all those restricted areas that don't allow Californian's to park, that spoiled the fun. We had a guy drive up alongside us just to enquire whether we had really driven all the way from California, and whether we were going to swim home to Australia, but he is one of the few to make mention of the licence plates & Oz sticker on the car.
We did a little shopping (thanks mum, I knew that birthday money wouldn't last all the way back to SD). We ventured out as far as Montauk lighthouse but were too late to get inside so we just gazed at it and wondered why it wasn't red and white as we had imagined all New England lighthouses to be. Driving from village to village in the Hamptons was all very pleasant and we could happily spend a summer just eating and swimming and watching a bit of polo from the sidelines. The roadside seafood shacks we saw along Montauk Hwy piqued our interest heading out to the lighthouse, cars lined the strip for 100 yds in each direction and the crowd looked like they were enjoying whatever was being served up, so we stopped by on the way back. A lively atmosphere with 'the beautiful people' discussing real estate, cars and their general position in life (well, that the was the conversation at the table behind us, anyway!) but they served up some truly delicious crab and lobster sandwiches which filled big holes in our bellies after all that sea air.
But enough of living the high life in the Hamptons, even if we were in a tent in the State Park ... next up Rhode Island and Cape Cod.
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Hello to the Schwaiger family!
We missed you at the first day of Chaparral Elementary today. Anna and Duke have Mrs Cheadle as their teacher. We will check the school roster tomorrow and see who Aviva and Daniel have.

You guys are absolutely amazing with your road trip! You really need to publish this! What great writers....little did I know when you began the road trip that this would be the best summer read!

We are looking forward to ending our vacation stay at the Holiday Inn and moving back on the property next week.

Lots of love to all,
Jules, Rog, Anna and Duke

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