|A trip into Long Island "Ferry" Land.|
Orient Point Lighthouse also called the "Coffee Pot"
Nothing beats the winter blahs like a long weekend away. And loving the sea we figured we would take the ferry out to Long Island to photograph lighthouses and do some hiking and sight seeing. As luck would have it we managed to get on the Cross Sound Ferry out of New London, Connecticut during the day, and a nice day at that.
The Thames was smooth as we headed out of the river into the sound. Ferries were coming and going with their cargo of vehicles and people. The Coast Guard has a base here. And the CG Academy is close by. Many lighthouses add to the beauty of the river mouth.
Today the crossing was smooth as silk. The sky was filled with gannets and various sea ducks. Reports of porpoises following the ferry speaks to the unusual warm waters for this time of year. Unfortunately we did not see any on this voyage.
The east end of Long Island is filled with vineyards and wineries.
The accommodations were just beautiful a 3 bedroom cottage with attached boathouse and boat dock. This place was on Reeve's Creek, just outside and to the NE of Riverhead. We even had our own flock of chickens. Swans, ducks and mergansers were every where.
So now to find some of the other lighthouses. Dense fog made it difficult to see some of the off shore lights but we did ok.
Traveling from the north fork to the south fork of Long Island can be done by ferry and it is interesting way to go. Follow the Shelter Island Ferry (Rte 114) signs and at this time of year you can drive right up and on.
The one on the left runs on the north side of the island and the smaller one on the south side. They were $11.00 and $10.00s one way. It cuts time and mileage going from one side to the other. When you get there you see some of Long islands best lighthouses. Fire Island Light and Montauk Light are two highlights you don't want to miss. Some of the many decommissioned lighthouses are bought by private landowners and thus saved from destruction. But the catch is you have to see them by water only.
We took a 3 mile round trip hike on the soft sand and moderate rain to get a photo of Cedar Point Light. The east end of Long Island is an interesting take. Off season rates are more than reasonable and crowds are at a minimum.