To start off Labor Day weekend, a longtime friend who grew up with me on Long Island (a.k.a LI) brought two of her friends from New Jersey for their first ever visit to LI. I joined them for what was a fun-filled, beautiful day. We started out at the Sands Point Preserve on the north shore, hiking paths that traveled through lushly overgrown woods down to the shore of Long Island Sound. Bits of the shoreline reminded me slightly of the Northern California coast.
The friends from NJ were impressed by the beach, but were blown away when, after a scrumptious Jewish deli dinner, we headed down to Jones Beach State Park, a beautiful 10 mile long stretch of sand and sea on the south shore of the Island that's celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
Walking along both shores in one day reminded me of how lucky I am that my home is close to so many beautiful sites here on Long Island.