"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 20, 2013

Aug. 19 - Montauk, NY

Lake Montauk - Anchorage

The last two days we haven't gotten off the boat...today we made up for the lack of exercise. It was three miles from the beach where we left the dinghy to the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Which was our first stop this morning. It sits high on the bluff on the very eastern tip of Long Island. Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. It was authorized by the Second Congress, under President George Washington, in 1792 and was completed in 1796. It is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States. The light flashes every 5 seconds and can be seen a distance of 19 nautical miles. We hiked down to the beach and did a little beach combing, not really a beach, more of a rocky coast, but still fun to explore.

Our next stop was riding through Camp Hero State Park. This park is the former site of the Montauk Air Force Station. It was originally commissioned by the U.S. Army in 1942. The site was chosen because of the fear of a New York invasion that might be staged from the sea. It was a coastal defense station that was disguised as a fishing village. Today the park offers a beach, fishing, hiking, a bridle path, biking, and cross-country skiing. We enjoyed a few of the trails and then had a picnic lunch before riding into Montauk.

To get to the village of Montauk we had to do the three miles back towards the dinghy and another two more miles further down the island. The miles aren't so bad...it's the hills they have in New York that kill you! Coming down is sooo much fun, but going up is sooo much work. We thought Montauk would have a little more New England charm, but I guess we're not in New England anymore. Montauk is just your typical little beach town. The beach is beautiful and only a few blocks from town, but the main drag is filled with t-shirt shops, surf shops and over prices fast food joints. It reminded me of being at the beach in Port A. That really isn't a bad thing, but just not my thing anymore...way too many tourist. They did have a nice bakeshop and a cute little market, but both were very expensive. We picked up a few things at the market before heading back to the boat. We may not get a lot of exercise every day, but boy do we make up for it on days like today!

The view from the overlook on our way to the lighthouse. Looking out over Block Island Sound
Montauk Point Lighthouse
The cliffs at Camp Hero State Park, with the lighthouse in the distance
The Atlantic beach in Montauk
This picture just reminds me of the beach 

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