Saturday, June 4, 2011

Decoration Day at Brigantine Beach.

The three day holiday we refer to as "Memorial Day weekend" started off just after the Civil War as "Decoration Day". When I was younger some people still occasionally referred to it as such. In reality, after the First World War the holiday was expanded to include a remembrance of all those combatants whom as Mr. Lincoln so famously said "gave the last full measure of devotion" and the name of the holiday was changed. In the U.S., Memorial Day weekend is considered the start of the summer season with the three day Labor Day weekend, in early September, marking the end of summer.

With daytime temps predicated to climb into the mid-nineties in Bowie, diarist-woman and I decided on spending at least part of the weekend up at the beach on the island of Brigantine.

The beach was quite crowded for so early in the season.
Dairist-woman and I had a number of spring maintenance chores to get done but we managed to sneak down to the beach and get in a walk.  Oh, just in case you're wondering, the surf temp is in the upper 60s--too cold for your diarist to think about testing the water.
It was hot for late May.  Temps were in the upper 80s at the beach and into the 90s inland.  It was quite hazy.  Almost like July or August.  You could barely see the Atlantic City sky line across Absecon inlet.  Works for me!
Ah, summer.  Compare this shot of the cut through the dune with the one from my first post last December.

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