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

At the end of the first day in New Jersey (and still Nosher's first day on the east coast) we pack up the car and head over to the 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: Fire Island Lighthouse, New York State - 30th April 2006
previous album: Maplewood and Little League Baseball, New Jersey - 29th April 2006

An unusual view of the Empire State building over the marshes by the New Jersey Turnpike

The George Washington bridge

Somewhere driving through Queens

A bridge over the East River

Lol and Phil, with Kai somewhere under a heap of coats (it was windy and freezing cold)

Kai peers out from his coat coccoon

Phil gets his fire-department-issue bike out (there are no real roads, and it's quicker than walking)

A heap of shells

Lol has some breakfast

We ride into Fair Harbour - Phil goes ahead on the 'Fire Department Rapid-Response Bike'

Down at Fair Harbour

An old fire engine

All the fire crew have been supplied with new jackets

Firemen's jackets

Phil stands next to a fire truck...

...and then stands on another fire truck

The biggest, shiniest truck in the building

Phil does an introduction to basic fire-fighting hose use

Phil in his gear

Outside the fire station, an interesting door: Richard Nixon, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven and the Beatles

The Fair Harbour real estate agent

Phil on the pier

We grab the bikes to cycle back to the beach house

Fair Harbour's doctors' surgery

Phil and Lol's cool beach house

On the sea front

The Atlantic Ocean churns away. The day before I'd been looking at the Pacific...

Clapper-board beach house

Phil mans the barbeque

An inviting-looking (but deceptively cold) ocean, and a view that looks like Neopolitan ice cream

Ladies on the beach in deck-chairs

Fire Island fire hydrant

A dead branch

Eating lunch outside the house

Phil and Kai do the baseball thing: Phil fields some real heat

Kai pitches a ball (it's in the air, half-way between them)

More baseball pitching action

Rippled sand

Footprints in the sand

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

Stopping off on the way back at another town on the island

The setting sun, as we sadly bid farewell to the island

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An unusual view of the Empire State building over the marshes by the New Jersey Turnpike