Today I'm alternating between watching the Tour de France on tv and sanding down the decks on a Moth boat. Neither activity is all that photogenic. So instead of speculating on whether or not Thor Hushovd will retain the yellow jersey until the first big mountain stage this coming Thursday, or whether or not my impending varnish job will turn out OK we'll take a little walk to the rock jetty at the very south end of the island of Brigantine.
From my house in the middle of the island to the south end is a walk of about two and half miles, so our walk down and back will be around five miles. A nice distance that calls for a beer as a reward.
|The tide was coming in and the life guards were busy moving their surf boats to higher ground.|
|I encountered this American Oystercatcher (Haemaptopus palliatus). These birds range from New England to north Florida but this is the first one I've spotted in several years of walking this beach. Click on the photo to enlarge the image.|
|Here's the dredge working the ocean side of the inlet.|
|This tug was busy taking workers to and from the dredges.|
|Zooming in a bit. There were a fair number of surfers this day.|
|As I turned to walk back for that refreshing beer, the excursion boat "Cruisin' 1" departed for a cruise along the ocean front of Brigantine and AC. This is a popular activity for day trippers who have tired of the casinos.|
|Walking back I encountered this lady with three fish poles deployed. Nothing was biting.|
|This guy had better luck--he apparently found this truck!|