Friday, February 8, 2013

Fire Island, Feb 7, 2013



From: Martin VanLith
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2013 7:56 AM
To: Hamlet Reporter
Subject: Fire Island, Feb 7, 2013



Den and I have a tradition of hiking Fire Island somewhere around our birthdays .  We've been doing this since 1968. We were a little late this year, probably because we're a little older than when we started. The Fire Island we knew is no longer there, most of the island now looks like a sand bar. 



 This is where the boardwalk and Old Inlet beach used to be:



It's been nearly 200 years since a ship went through Old Inlet. Wonder if this trawler might give it a try?




Beautiful tidal ponds scattered throughout the area: 





 Most of the pine, cedar and cherry trees looked very dead:  



The wetlands on the bay side seem to have survived very well: 










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