First, a HUGE thank you to Miss Zippy, Kristen, Carrie, Ilene, Pavement Runner and Kristin for stepping in and taking care of my little home here for the past two weeks. I really can’t thank you enough for helping me out and allowing me to unplug (or try to) and spend time with my family.
Where were we during our end-of-summer sabbatical? Montauk.
Montauk is located on the easternmost point of Long Island. It is absolutely gorgeous and surrounded by water. There’s the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Block Island Sound on the other side. It’s known for its surfing and fishing (home to the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in New York State) and at one point, it was a base for the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force. It’s a pretty laid back town compared to the glitz and glamour of the neighboring Hamptons.
We spent a lot of time at the beach – collecting rocks, throwing rocks in the water, digging holes and burying treasures (and subsequently losing the treasures because certain little people forgot to put an “X” to mark the spot).
My husband had a chance to surf in gorgeous conditions and a building swell thanks to Hurricane Isaac. While I didn’t get to surf, I did get to get out on the water on a paddleboard and practiced yoga on the water.
We also hiked around Montauk Point, enjoying the incredible views from the cliffs. The boys kept reminding all of us to stay on the path to avoid the ticks while they stopped every 10 feet to shake out rocks from their shoes. City boys.
We met up with one of Ed’s old college friends and went out on his boat. We took a short trip to Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island for dinner, ice cream and a carousel ride. The boys got a kick out of riding on a motor boat. I tried to convince them that sailboats were nice too but Jasper clearly proclaimed that he wanted a motor boat when he was older.
And then, there were the ridiculous sunsets.
I kind of loved Montauk and is one of the few places outside of Brooklyn that I could actually see myself spending a good chunk of time because it’s so easy to be active there. It kind of reminded me of Boulder, CO in some ways in that every other person you saw was running or riding a beautiful road or tri bike.
It was a great place to close out the summer and a good reminder to just be, to enjoy and to soak it all in. While it was hard for me to unplug at first, I think that I started getting a hang of it towards the end of vacation (although I could never quite give up Instagram). Balancing living with other priorities is a work in progress. I hope that I can shift more towards the living side of the equation.
Cheers! How was your Labor Day Weekend? What’s been going on? I feel out of the loop! Did you live up these three glorious days?