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Thawing Out



Y’all, hell might be freezing over. Why? Because:

  1. It is not snowing outside
  2. It is RAINING outside (You don’t realize how much you miss the rain until it only snows, sleets, freezing rains or ice pellets for months on end)
  3. The Professor did ALL the dinner dishes AND wiped the counter. (Highly unusual behavior. I think he hopes to get lucky.)

There’s been some silence on this little blog because I’ve been suffering a bit of seasonal affective disorder. I am ashamed to admit that I used to make fun of people who claimed this, saying that surely they were just “making excuses” and that “they should get outside despite the cold!” Clearly I had never experienced real winter.

I’m still not back to my 100% happy self, and I’m not sleeping worth shit, but I feel a slight uptick as the days get longer and the sun slowly burns through all the snow and ice that has piled up.

What a lovely white sandy beach! Actually, that is about 6 inches of snow on a brown sandy beach.

What a lovely white sandy beach! Actually, that is about 6 inches of snow on a brown sandy beach.

Last weekend it was a balmy 47 degrees in Central Riverdale so I packed a picnic lunch and piled my family into the car promising fun in the sun at Jones Beach, Long Island. While it was quite warm in Riverdale, it was much less warm on the Atlantic Ocean. Sabine was unimpressed with my “beach” delivery” and lasted about 45 minutes.

You lied.

“You lied,” says Sabine while I whip her pack mule father to KEEP HIKING. 🙂

This was my first time experiencing a snowy beach and it was quite beautiful and extremely peaceful. I only wish we had braved it when the temperatures were so cold you could see tons of ice floating on the ocean.

Snow. Sand. Surf.

Snow. Sand. Surf.

Looks like sea foam but really it is sea snow.

Looks like sea-foam but really it is sea snow.


Once we were all sufficiently cold we retreated to the car and enjoyed a picnic with our heater. For those curious, we dined on canned salmon with grapes, red bell pepper and chipotle mayo; mealy apples (because Whole Foods sucks and only puts the yucky apples on sale); crackers and raw carrots. Sabine enjoyed black beans, crackers and a pile of raisins.

After lunch we drove onward in search of another adventure, eventually ending in a parking lot that overlooked Fire Island and the Fire Island lighthouse.

“That! I need to find THAT!” I demanded. So the Professor navigated us to Fire Island and we hiked a mile or so inland to the Fire Island lighthouse. The hike was a little warmer since we were back from the water a bit and was stunning.

So beautiful!

So beautiful!

I made friends with a deer who had CLEARLY made many human friends before me.

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The lighthouse was lovely and another one to add to my growing list of lighthouses visited. Sadly, you had to pay to climb to the top and we are cheap so we did not.


This was a lens they had on display, not the lens currently in use.

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We wandered down another trail after the lighthouse and ended overlooking the velvety blue water of the sound and big chunks of floating ice. So cool!

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It was a really fun adventure and we look forward to returning to Fire Island and hiking to the 5 miles or so from the lighthouse to the sunken forest when it warms up a bit more.

This coming weekend my little brother, Hermano, is visiting. I can’t wait to have some city-side adventures with him and Sabine. I’ll try to grab photos and share them with you all next week! Until then, enjoy the thaw and if you are one of my readers somewhere that is already requiring shorts, please leave it out of the comments!! I kid. 🙂



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  1. March 10, 2015

    That snowy beach is so beautiful!

  2. March 11, 2015

    Yeah, I’ve never had SAD as bad as this year, good lord. You’re in my thoughts. Also, we MISS you guys something terrible! Let’s make a visit/beach trip/mountain hike/something happen this year, shall we?

  3. 35life #
    March 11, 2015

    I’m absolutely convinced I suffer from SAD and I think it gets worse for me each year. It’s amazing what 40 degree temps and an extra hour of sunlight will do for my spirits. I don’t think I’ve ever really seen snowy beach pics before. Kinda cool!

  4. March 11, 2015

    I hope you get some much needed sunlight and warm weather soon! Also, not trying to be too nosy, but how has sabine’s doctors and growth been?

  5. Annie #
    March 11, 2015

    I too was not a believer in SAD, until this year. I believe having a toddler definitely contributes to a tough winter. We live in Boston and there were weeks when it was too cold/snowy/on our third blizzard to go outside. I hope that spring will help all of us feel better!

  6. jak #
    March 12, 2015

    something magical about a snowy (or icy) beach! glad you guys got out on a cold, albeit clear, day:)

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