The Weekend – Day 2

Before I get to Day 2 (Sunday) of the weekend and the surprise waiting for us at the beach, I need to provide a little background regarding Saturday.

Since yesterday’s post was strictly about the horses, today I wanted to share the condition we found the beach in this weekend.

For example, here’s a picture I took back in September of a cottage that’s “out on the beach” more than any others. You can see the water’s edge to the left. The beach there at the cottage is about the same width as it is here.

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This was the same cottage on Saturday.

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This next cottage was practically destroyed last fall during Hurricane Sandy. You can’t really tell how far it is from the ocean, but there’s normally a wide expanse of beach between the cottage and the water.

demolished cottage

This next picture was taken from the other direction on Saturday. I took it through the windshield, as Motor Man and I waited for a wave to recede. We then drove between that sand bag on the left and the “shrub-like” debris on the right. In the distance you can see the cottage in my first photo.

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This is a picture of the beach on a typical day.

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This was the beach on Saturday.

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And this was the surprise we encountered when we drove on the beach early Sunday morning, hoping to get some sunrise shots and see the horses. (I opened my door and took this picture; that’s why the Jeep antenna is in the center of the photo.)

narrow beach

We ventured just a tiny bit further, up to the beginning of that dune. I took this next picture (again from my door) just before we turned around, and we were as close to the dunes as we could get. It was rather scary, especially since there was no one else on the beach. We wonder how long it was before the residents and guests at the cottages in this area were able to leave. This is the only way on and off the northernmost beaches.

waves from the jeep

But, Motor Man did find a spot for me to get sunrise pictures, and I’ll share those later this week.

We’re anxious to get back to the beach to see how it fared after this latest storm.

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22 responses to “The Weekend – Day 2

  1. Isn’t it amazing how much damage a storm can do? Wow!

  2. mollieandalfie

    It’s such a shame, beautiful photo’s can’t wait to see the Sunrise ones, I’m never up early enough..LOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. It never ceases to amaze me how big that ocean is and how small we all are! MJ

  4. Oh wow! A little scary…but I still want a beach house 🙂

  5. Great shots….before AND after…(and during!)…..I love the beach but building RIGHT ON the beach seems like a gamble to me. Sure is pretty though. Funny to see so many cars on the sand that close to the ocean but as you say – it’s the only way to get around!

    Pam

  6. They say the happiest people live near the water. I have always thought so. But, the questions after this kind of devastation are always about risk. Your photos are phenomenal.

  7. Storms can be so cleansing and yet so destructive. I enjoyed you photos of the drive on the beach. I didn’t know you could do that. It’s so wonderful you & MM enjoy visiting places like this with a beautiful sunrise (and the horses that live there).

  8. Oh my…goosebumps, for sure.

  9. Oh the fury of Mother Nature……your pictures capture the before and after very well—thanks for sharing those views.

  10. i could not live on the shore. danger at the doorstep.

  11. I don’t think I would have built hanging out there that far, scary! It’s a shame, the weather has been so wacky everywhere last year and now into this year. Your last shot is so pretty! All that foam????

  12. Water is such a powerful force of nature…easy to forget that on a beautiful day at the beach. Sad to see the damage from the hurricane, and amazing that people who live on the edge of the ocean are so resilient! The owners of these homes must have to do repair work on a regular basis…and yet the beauty keeps them there! ~ Sheila

  13. The befores and afters are impressive here… I can’t imagine living in one of those cottages further up. You’d be at the mercy of the storms!

  14. Thanks for sharing! Not everybody is as brave? as JR!

  15. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Have quickly the ocean and swallow up the sand. One day there next day at your front door. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Sorry, How

  17. Enjoyed your before and afters. Beaches are nice to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there! Too scary when those storms roll in.

  18. I was surprised to see so much traffic!

  19. As a coastal born and raised gal – I’ve had enough of it….so I moved further inland! Beautiful pictures nonetheless! ❤

  20. The power of both the ocean and storms is something to be feared in a healthy way, I think. It is amazing to see what they can do. I love the beach to visit, but I really wouldn’t want to live on the coastline.

  21. it was a tumultuous weekend in so many many ways…thank cod the weather did not interrupt the rescue of The Royals and the other kitties in that transport

  22. Whew, it’s amazing how different the “before” and “after” pictures are. The ocean sure is powerful.

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