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A Return to Fire Island, Long Island, New York State, US - 30th March 2007

For a complete contrast to the frenetic life in Manhattan, Nosher and Isobel head off to see Nosher's old school chum Phil and his family in Maplewood, New Jersey. From there, after a night playing poker, we head over to the beach house on Fire Island for a bit of relaxation in another world. It's also a chance for Phil to take his new eBay purchase - a rather cool motor boat - down to a marina near to the ferry terminal, and for us to get stopped by a real traffic cop, for towing a trailer on an expressway. Fire Island itself is a sandbar island about half a mile wide and 30 miles long and is just off Long Island. It has virtually no traffic, on account of there being no direct vehicular access, but is criss-crossed by the boardwalks that connect all the individual clapperboard houses.

next album: A Trip to The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon - 6th April 2007
previous album: Liberty Island, A Helicopter Trip and Madison Square Basketball, New York, US - 27th March 2007

2007 Isobel has a beer on a boat

Isobel has a beer on a boat

2007 Phil and Isobel chat

Phil and Isobel chat

2007 Kicking back

Kicking back

2007 Kai and Isobel play piano

Kai and Isobel play piano

2007 Phil's boat in the drive

Phil's boat in the drive

2007 Phil tows his boat up the road a bit

Phil tows his boat up the road a bit

2007 The Bronx Whitestone Bridge

The Bronx Whitestone Bridge

2007 Powell's Cove, and a distance view of Manhattan

Powell's Cove, and a distance view of Manhattan

2007 A solar halo is spotted

A solar halo is spotted

2007 There really is a Hicksville

There really is a Hicksville

2007 A trucker's dog peers forlornly out of a small footwell window

A trucker's dog peers forlornly out of a small footwell window

2007 The Bay Shore Marina

The Bay Shore Marina

2007 On the Fire Island Ferry, we scoff hot fried clams and shrimp

On the Fire Island Ferry, we scoff hot fried clams and shrimp

2007 Phil sets up a massive chess game

Phil sets up a massive chess game

2007 Isobel plays as Nosher's queen, whilst Kai stands in as Phil's rook

Isobel plays as Nosher's queen, whilst Kai stands in as Phil's rook

2007 Chess on the sand

Chess on the sand

2007 Atlantic seafront

Atlantic seafront

2007 Isobel on the empty beach

Isobel on the empty beach

2007 Blue sky, white sands

Blue sky, white sands

2007 A stack of discarded fencing lies on the beach

A stack of discarded fencing lies on the beach

2007 A Fire Island fire hydrant is observed by a strange yellow statue

A Fire Island fire hydrant is observed by a strange yellow statue

2007 The chess pieces are scattered

The chess pieces are scattered

2007 Lolly's beach house

Lolly's beach house

2007 Sunset over the old pier

Sunset over the old pier

2007 Close up on the pier

Close up on the pier

2007 The end of the jetty states somewhat obviously: 'boats'

The end of the jetty states somewhat obviously: 'boats'

2007 The Fire Island lighthous light reflects on the water

The Fire Island lighthous light reflects on the water

2007 Phil and Isobel mill around on the pier

Phil and Isobel mill around on the pier

2007 Phil and Isobel on a pier covered by sea-shells broken open by seagulls

Phil and Isobel on a pier covered by sea-shells broken open by seagulls

2007 Phil takes us for a quick tour of the fire station

Phil takes us for a quick tour of the fire station

2007 The house in the dusk

The house in the dusk

2007 A fence under the moonlight

A fence under the moonlight

2007 Moonlit beach under the orange barf-glow of Manhattan

Moonlit beach under the orange barf-glow of Manhattan

2007 Orion's belt, and an SUV on the beach

Orion's belt, and an SUV on the beach

2007 A beach house stands on the edge of the beach

A beach house stands on the edge of the beach

2007 A long exposure as an SUV drives past

A long exposure as an SUV drives past

2007 The fenced-off path leading to the beach

The fenced-off path leading to the beach

2007 A plane takes off from JFK

A plane takes off from JFK

2007 The giant chess set's pieces lie discarded in the moonlight

The giant chess set's pieces lie discarded in the moonlight

2007 Isobel in the beach house

Isobel in the beach house

2007 Lolly gets something out of the fridge

Lolly gets something out of the fridge

2007 Isobel looks up inside the lighthouse

Isobel looks up inside the lighthouse

2007 From the top of Fire Island's lighthouse, the view over the west of the island

From the top of Fire Island's lighthouse, the view over the west of the island

2007 The island police station

The island police station

2007 The towns of Kismet and Saltaire

The towns of Kismet and Saltaire

2007 The bridge to the west of the island

The bridge to the west of the island

2007 A couple walk along the boardwalk up to the lighthouse

A couple walk along the boardwalk up to the lighthouse

2007 The remains of an old lighthouse

The remains of an old lighthouse

2007 The lighthouse lantern

The lighthouse lantern

2007 The way down

The way down

2007 A bench in the lighthouse

A bench in the lighthouse

2007 Fire Island lighthouse

Fire Island lighthouse

2007 One of several deer on the island, aparently considered a pest

One of several deer on the island, aparently considered a pest

2007 A Virgin Atlantic A340-600 parked at Heathrow

A Virgin Atlantic A340-600 parked at Heathrow

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Isobel has a beer on a boat