Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sandy Hook Trip

Sandy Hook beaches.Today was the last day of September, and it was sunny and beautiful. I am happy to write that it did not go to waste for our family. The three of us plus Danya’s parents went to Sandy Hook in NJ.

Alёna and Arosha are walking down to into the sand.We left shortly after 11, and it took us about an hour and a half to get there (it would have taken us a bit less time if we did not have to stop twice for Arosha’s bathroom break). At the park itself we stopped in three different places.

Concrete barrier.The first one was on sandy beach. Aroshka climbed onto some old concrete barrier which ran alongside the beach, and had a lot of fun walking back and forth. He also liked sand, beach vegetation, and seashells and did not want to leave.

Sandy Hook. Dad.Our second stop was at Fort Hancock, which is located on the Sandy Hook peninsula. Danya and his dad took a few pictures, Aroshka and his grandma laughed and ran around playing hide-and-seek, and I just felt extremely happy being with all of them someplace outside of Brooklyn.

 Fort Hancock.The third stop was close to the Northern tip of the peninsula. There is an observation deck with a beautiful view of the Verrazano Bridge, the southern shore of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Sandy Hook tip.It was around 3 PM (Aroshka’s normal nap time) when we finally got into the car and headed home. Since everyone was hungry, we stopped at one of the local rustic restaurants, Bahr’s Landing. This place had a beautiful view of the water and a good selection of seafood along with a seasonal Octoberfest menu.

Bahr's Landing.We got clam chowders/lobster bisque and mussels to warm up, and a variety of Octoberfest meals as our main courses. Everything was pretty delicious, but as usual the main meal portions were too big. This restaurant reminded me greatly of our Maine trip.

Arosha with a piece of cactus.Aroshka slept almost all the way home, but was cranky for over an hour after we got home since his nap was too short for his liking.

Looking at some flowers.All in all, we had a wonderful day. It felt as if we drove much farther from Brooklyn than we really did.

South Brooklyn, Manhattan. View from Sandy Hook.On a side note, I am very proud of Aroshka in terms of his control over certain bodily functions. He was diaper-free all day today, and he only peed in his pants ones in the car (luckily, we put a absorbent training pad on his car seat, so it did not get wet). We started going diaper-free outside about a week ago, and he is doing better and better. He even told us that he needs to do #2 while we were outside today, and to me it is a big accomplishment!

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Monday, June 23, 2008

New Jersey Lighthouses

Sandy Hook LighthouseOn Saturday we spent the whole day trying to entertain ourselves, and I think we succeeded. )

We woke up pretty late, had a quick breakfast and together with Danya’s dad and Ignat went to the lighthouse, located in Sandy Hook, NJ. There are actually a number of lighthouses in the area, but we visited only the Sandy hook lighthouse and the Twin Lights lighthouse.

The Sandy hook lighthouse was built in 1764 and is a little taller than a 100 ft. It is still operational (I just read it online), although this fact wasn’t apparent to me when I saw it. There is a tour of the lighthouse offered by the New Jersey Lighthouse society, but we didn’t take it because we kind of arrived there late and wanted to visit the Twin Lights while we still had time. Everybody got a pretty cool stamp though, and we bought a new lighthouse magnet for our fridge.

One question that I had in mind was why the lighthouse was build so far from the shore. Here is the answer: “When the lighthouse was built in 1764, it stood only 500 feet (150 m) from the tip of Sandy Hook; however, today, due to growth caused by littoral drift, it is almost one and half miles (2.4 km) inland from the tip.” Interesting!

View from the north lighthouse of Twin Lights.The Twin Lights are non-operational, and we took a short climb to the top of the North Tower. I’m a bit claustrophobic, so going up and down the narrow stairs wasn’t very pleasant, but this activity was rewarded by a beautiful view of the Sandy Hook Bay.

Twin Lights LighthouseIt’s interesting that the Twins are actually not identical (Ignat was the one who noticed it), as one might expect. They look alike, but there are some noticeable differences in their design.

The area around the lighthouses was very nice too. It smelled like hay, and I even laid down on the grass, and it totally felt as if I were in my grandmother’s village again.

Cherry Tree CherriesI spotted a cherry tree, and Danya harvested some ripe berries by moving the car under the tree and using it’s bumper as a stepping stone. Oh, those cherries were delicious!

9-11 MemorialNot far off the Twin Lights we stopped at some scenic viewpoint. The view was great, and we also saw a monument dedicated to the events of September 11 — it portrays an eagle carrying a piece of deformed metal in its paws. I guess, the metal once belonged to the Twin Towers.

Later on we went home, ate in the local Uzbek Kebab place (although the kebab was worse than normally), and then went to the movie theater to see “The Incredible Hulk”.
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