Day 48 & 49: Loving Long Island
Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
38Trip End Sep 27, 2008
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Wildwood State Park
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
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.