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The One-Legged Sandpiper

November, 2008





Tuesday, November 4, 2008


A Sunset Walk in Seaside Park
It seems more important as the days grow shorter.

      Sunset is a special time at the beach. Some times it's even worth leaving the beach for the bay side of the island to watch the spectacle. I've taken thousands of sunset pictures but can never find an excuse no to take more. It's as worthwhile to collect sunsets as it is to collect sea glass. They can be a little sad sometimes. They mark the end of a beach day and that's never good. They also mark the beginning of a beach night and that is good.
      Each sunset is different. The reddest ones seem to excite the seagulls that leave the beach settle in the sedge islands in the bay for the night. They all call loudly in unison until the last light of the sun is below the western horizon. Yellow, orange or pink sunsets don't seem to affect them the same way.
      This sunset walk started on 24th Avenue in Berkeley, the last town on the island before the state park. 24th Ave. is the location of the Berkeley Seafood Market and restaurant, which is a great place to have dinner and a great place to watch sunsets from the second floor dining room. The dining room has views of Barnegat Bay and the ocean side dunes of Island Beach State Park. Our walk took us west past the old Wheel House Marina to the intersection of 24th Ave. and the bay road. We walked the beach along the bay road north into Seaside Park. We stopped at the big town dock just south of the Seaside Park Yacht Club. The walk back was dark as the last red glow slipped below the horizon to the west over Bayville on the other side of Barnegat Bay. A few red running lights passed by as the last few fishing boats returned from the open ocean through Barnegat Inlet. We could see the light of Barnegat Lighthouse ten miles to the south across the Inlet.
      The saddest part of this sunset walk was seeing all of the boats washed up and possibly damaged from the fierce storms that hit hard most of October. The whole scene reminded us of how we found Cantaloupe, our own long suffering Mutineer sailboat after letting someone use it for the season. Someone who didn't look after her.
      We stopped at Georges Mexican grocery and deli on the boulevard in Seaside Heights for fresh cilantro before hitting the A&P for the rest of the ingredients for fresh salsa for the party Saturday. It was a great end to a great beach day... and the first test of the new kayak seat.



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   A very sad sight.   

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   I don't like seeing this happen to any boat.   

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   My Diane is one of our favorites.   

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   She's been moored in Seaside Park for quite a while now.   

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   We almost missed the actual second of sunset.   

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   This seagull seems to appreciate the moment.   

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   A great night for a sunset walk past the old Wheelhouse Marina... Gateway to Island Beach State Park.   

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   Another victim of the violent storms this October.   

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   The bay road must have been under water during this one. It's happens all the time now, but this must have been a bad one.   

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   I bet this is a great fishing boat... Or was. It'll be fine with a little TLC.   

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   Still a few boats in the water in Seaside Park.   

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   Sunset boat ride? Sure!   

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   I love the way the water looks in this one.   

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Walking south along the bay beach.   

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   The town dock, south of the yacht club.   

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   The moon and first star are visible if you look closely.   

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   No special effects. It's that wavy.