Hurricane Sandy – One Year Later on Long Beach

Can you believe that just  short year ago we were all cuddled up in the candle light as Hurricane Sandy – the worst storm to hit NY– just tore through our town!

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While we were without power for 10 days, those just a few miles south of us…by the beaches were not so lucky. People lost homes and businesses…not to mention pets and loved ones.

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imageI was SOOOOOO pregnant at this time last year. About 33 weeks. and I was just praying that I wouldn’t go into labor.

One year later…we headed down to Long Beach to see how things have changed.

Long beach is our beach. After living in NY for 10 years, we are finally near a beach and take full advantage of it. Lily is a water baby… much like myself and Thomas seems to love the waves and the salty sea air.

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Long Beach is still recovering, much of boardwalk has been built up but much more needs to be done. The playgrounds on the beach are back and there is no shortage of sea shells and marine life to be found.

This summer there were many whale sightings off of the beaches of Long Beach. Whales you guys!!

We go to the beach all year round. This year we’re going to go see what the beach looks like in the snow..

Does it snow on the beach?

Great to see so many locals on bikes and jogging on the newly built boardwalk. Thomas added to the excitement with crawling all around.

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Lily loves looking for crabs and sand fleas and whatever else she can find on the sea-shore. She found a ton of jellyfish, clams, mussels and parts of sand dollars. image

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Growing up in Florida, we had multiple hurricanes throughout the season. Some were devastating and some just passed through. Sandy was a strong storm that really disrupted so many lives and communities. While these communities are trying to still rebuild, the beaches seem to have healed.

We have been so fortunate to enjoy these gorgeous sunsets and shells and marine life that Long Island has to offer. Next summer Lily and I are getting on surfboards.

imageThere’s still much work to do to rebuild. But a year later… much healing progress has been made.

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