Posts Tagged 'fire island'

Fire Island Shipwreck

[photo via OB local James Mallot]

The ocean said “no thank you” to this boat.

I don’t know the story behind why this boat washed ashore on Fire Island, but what a shot! With the overcast skies, this photo has me thinking that some crazy Goonies-esque adventure just happened, with the end result being someone’s sailing skills getting called into question by a bunch of people who have never stepped foot on a boat.

Fire Island Beer Company Keeps It Weird

According to beer blog The Pint Glass, Fire Island Beer Compnay makes a “respectable ale”, but I just can’t get passed their bizarre labeling. The Fire Island Lighthouse is a landmark on Long Island’s South Shore, so I cringe when I see it positioned behind a New York-cowboy riding a deer. Now this: barrel rolling.

[photo via The Pint Glass]

Would you consider barrel rolling in a bay where people manage to drive their boats clear onto the shore? Hey Fire Island Beer Company, how about using some images of clammers or a sailboat?

Deer Rodeo

Lighthouse Ale, the official beer of the Fire Island Deer Rodeo.

Clam Power

At the West Islip County Fair this past Saturday I came across a t-shirt with a clam on it that said, “Clam Power”.  At one point in time, the Great South Bay, which borders Long Island’s southern coast in between the barrier beaches of Fire Island, was full of clams.  And at one point in time, clamming was a huge industry on Long Island. When my father moved to Long Island from Chicago back in the 70’s he got a job as a clam digger. Unfortunately, the Great South Bay has been over clammed,  and the clam digging culture associated with it is dieing out too.

Originally designed in the 1970s and just recently brought back into production to keep the Long Island clam culture going strong, the people at Clam Power are selling these great “Clam Power” t-shirts. Part of the money from every shirt goes to reseeding the clam population in the Great South Bay.  Go to the site, read more about them and buy a shirt to help keep clamming on Long Island alive.

Horseshoe Crab Graveyard

Thanks to Cmadey and her experiences with working for the New York State Parks & Rec Department, we now know where all the horseshoe crabs on Fire Island go to die.

Great South Bay Cross Bay Swim

The Maggie Fischer Memorial Great South Bay Cross Bay Swim went down yesterday, July 24th, with 95 swimmers and 95 kayakers taking to the water. It is a 5.3 mile swim from the Fire Island lighthouse to Gilbeak Park in Bay Shore — a great event put on by an amazing family.

For me, this was my first attempt at the swim and the nerves were there, but

I had done too much trash talking not to finish. The 15 mph NW wind didn’t make the swim any easier, and it also put a healthy chop to the water in the middle of the bay.

I finished in 3 hours 15 minutes, and the best part was my 57-year-old father (my kayaker) finished too. Over all it was a beautiful day to be out on the water out on Long Island.

If you think yourself a waterman, you should swim the bay.

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