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Phil and the Fair Harbor Fire Engine, Fire Island, New York State, US - 30th April 2006

At the end of the first day in New Jersey, and still Nosher's first day on the east coast after a couple of months in California, we pack up the car and head over to Lolly and Phil's beach house on the idyllic Fire Island, just off Long Island in New York State. The weather is amazing, the sea freezing and the island quiet and gorgeous - there's almost no traffic, and the only practical way to get over is by ferry, although one tip can be reached by causeway. The island itself is really a sandbar - 32 miles long, and about half a mile across. Old school-chum Phil also happens to be in the volunteer Fire Island Fire Service, so we get to poke around at the fire station for a while too.

next album: Times Square, the Empire State and Ground Zero, New York, US - 1st May 2006
previous album: Maplewood and Little-League Baseball, New Jersey - 29th April 2006

2006 A view of the Empire State building from the New Jersey Turnpike

A view of the Empire State building from the New Jersey Turnpike

2006 Near the junction of I-95 and I-80

Near the junction of I-95 and I-80

2006 Box houses near the interstate

Box houses near the interstate

2006 The George Washington bridge

The George Washington bridge

2006 Somewhere in Queens

Somewhere in Queens

2006 A bridge over the East River

A bridge over the East River

2006 Queueing for tea at Nicky's Clam Bar

Queueing for tea at Nicky's Clam Bar

2006 On the Fire island ferry

On the Fire island ferry

2006 Lol and Phil, with Kai somewhere under a heap of coats

Lol and Phil, with Kai somewhere under a heap of coats

2006 Kai peers out from his coat coccoon

Kai peers out from his coat coccoon

2006 Phil gets his fire-department-issue bike out

Phil gets his fire-department-issue bike out

2006 Down at the Fair Harbor fire station

Down at the Fair Harbor fire station

2006 A heap of shells

A heap of shells

2006 Anemometer and a shingled wall

Anemometer and a shingled wall

2006 Lolly has some breakfast

Lolly has some breakfast

2006 Phil's on the 'Fire Department Rapid-Response Bike'

Phil's on the 'Fire Department Rapid-Response Bike'

2006 Down at Fair Harbour

Down at Fair Harbour

2006 An old fire engine

An old fire engine

2006 All the fire crew have been supplied with new jackets

All the fire crew have been supplied with new jackets

2006 Firemen's jackets

Firemen's jackets

2006 Phil stands next to a fire truck

Phil stands next to a fire truck

2006 Phil on the back of a fire engine

Phil on the back of a fire engine

2006 The biggest, shiniest truck in the building

The biggest, shiniest truck in the building

2006 In the staff canteen

In the staff canteen

2006 Phil does an introduction to basic fire-fighting hose use

Phil does an introduction to basic fire-fighting hose use

2006 Phil in his gear

Phil in his gear

2006 A door of pictures, including Richard Nixon

A door of pictures, including Richard Nixon

2006 The Fair Harbour real estate agent

The Fair Harbour real estate agent

2006 The Pioneer General Store

The Pioneer General Store

2006 Fishing boats on the pier

Fishing boats on the pier

2006 Phil on the pier

Phil on the pier

2006 Fair Harbor

Fair Harbor

2006 We grab the bikes to cycle back to the beach house

We grab the bikes to cycle back to the beach house

2006 Fair Harbour's doctors' surgery

Fair Harbour's doctors' surgery

2006 Back on the boardwalks

Back on the boardwalks

2006 Phil and Lolly's cool beach house

Phil and Lolly's cool beach house

2006 On the sea front

On the sea front

2006 The only way to drive along the island

The only way to drive along the island

2006 Phil fires up the barbeque

Phil fires up the barbeque

2006 Wide open spaces

Wide open spaces

2006 Intrepid ladies on the beach in deck-chairs

Intrepid ladies on the beach in deck-chairs

2006 One of the 'streets' ion the island

One of the 'streets' ion the island

2006 Fire Island fire hydrant

Fire Island fire hydrant

2006 Weird yellow statue in the grass

Weird yellow statue in the grass

2006 A dead branch

A dead branch

2006 Phil checks the steaks

Phil checks the steaks

2006 Eating lunch outside the house

Eating lunch outside the house

2006 We all head off on bikes

We all head off on bikes

2006 Lolly, Phil and Kai on the main street

Lolly, Phil and Kai on the main street

2006 Fire Island lighthouse

Fire Island lighthouse

2006 We park the bikes and check the information board

We park the bikes and check the information board

2006 Climbing up the steps to the lighthouse

Climbing up the steps to the lighthouse

2006 A view from the lighthouse looking south

A view from the lighthouse looking south

2006 A boardwalk snakes away across the dunes

A boardwalk snakes away across the dunes

2006 Looking north towards Fair Harbor

Looking north towards Fair Harbor

2006 Looking down on the rooftops below

Looking down on the rooftops below

2006 The lighthouse lantern

The lighthouse lantern

2006 An old telephone

An old telephone

2006 Phil looks up from down below

Phil looks up from down below

2006 On the spiral staircase in the lighthouse

On the spiral staircase in the lighthouse

2006 A cast-iron spiral staircase

A cast-iron spiral staircase

2006 Phil exits the lighthouse

Phil exits the lighthouse

2006 We sit on the steps and eat a snack

We sit on the steps and eat a snack

2006 On the beach

On the beach

2006 Suffolk police drive by

Suffolk police drive by

2006 Kai on the Fire Department bike

Kai on the Fire Department bike

2006 Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore

2006 The quaintly-named Kismet fire department

The quaintly-named Kismet fire department

2006 We pause, as it's hard going on the sand

We pause, as it's hard going on the sand

2006 Phil saddles up again

Phil saddles up again

2006 Phil and Kai do the baseball thing

Phil and Kai do the baseball thing

2006 More baseball pitching action

More baseball pitching action

2006 Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand

2006 Back at Fair Harbor Fire

Back at Fair Harbor Fire

2006 Half the town turns out for the last ferry back to the mainland

Half the town turns out for the last ferry back to the mainland

2006 Back at Ocean Beach ferry terminal

Back at Ocean Beach ferry terminal

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A view of the Empire State building from the New Jersey Turnpike