Here is a sampling of things we have done over the last week.
Sunday - Visited the tip of the North Fork of Long Island. This includes the Cross Sound Ferry Dock where I had come onto the island from Connecticut. We enjoyed Orient Beach State Park and walked the nature trail. This park was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy and the damage/repair areas are easy to see.
Monday - Decided to visit the South Fork of Long Island which includes the Hamptons, land of the rich and famous. We did this via Shelter Island accessible only via a short ferry ride and made our way to the Mashomack Nature Preserve. This preserve occupies more than 1/3 of the land on Shelter Island and is managed by The Nature Conservancy. We hiked one of the nature trails and had a great time in this very well managed preserve. Driving all the way to the tip, we saw the beautiful Montauk Point Lighthouse and then made our way back through the obviously well-to-do communities of the Hamptons. This was a long day, but it was fun.
Tuesday - We visited the Horton Point Lighthouse and enjoyed the nature trail there followed by the more challenging Soundview Dunes hike. Yes, it was just as it sounds. Although a portion of the trail was in a lovely forest, much of it was trudging up and over sand dunes. This is not easy! Completing this called for a celebratory trip to Sandpiper Ice Cream for more Maple Walnut Ice Cream!
Wednesday - We traveled inland to visit the Walt Whitman birthplace and national historic site. We both learned a lot about Whitman and his place in literary history. We had an excellent tour guide and the museum is very informative. Driving to this museum as a "destination" also took us through an area of Long Island we hadn't yet seen.
On Thursday, we left Greenport for a few days in New York City. Bill loves the big city and couldn't wait to visit again. Me, not so much! I am definitely a country girl, but since it had been many years since I'd been to NYC, I was looking forward to it. We had some pretty aggressive plans plus we were hoping to connect with a couple of friends while there. Check back to see if all that happened!