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Fire Island Option

I asked my Fire Island guru to design a day trip to that would provide a good taste of Fire Island, a fair amount of exercise, a variety of activities and do so at minimal cost. Based on Natasha's recent email, I made the assumption that transportation would be via carpool if possible and would not make use of the AMC facilities.

Option 1: (Cheapest)

Drive onto the island at Robert Moses State Park. Drive about as far West as allowed, parking near the Lighthouse. (It may be "field 5") Visit the lighthouse and then adjacent lighthouse beach (on the ocean side.) Walk east on the beach for a mile or two, leaving the state park and entering the National Seashore. Stop at will for a swim and to relax. Then continue east to quiet towns of Kismet and Saltaire. Stroll the town(s) a bit, and then return to the cars, either the way you came (on the beach) or on a "road" of sorts down the middle of the island. The State Park has changing facilities etc. Costs: share of driving expenses, parking fee per car. If you want to do more walking and less "beaching", you can continue further east to addtl towns before turning around.

Option 2 (More $$$, but still pretty cheap. Probably more interesting/fun.)

This option entails taking the Ferry from Bayshore to the Island and back. The Ferry ride is delightful and adds a feeling of really getting away from it all, since it serves those areas of the island where no cars are allowed. There are several ferry routes, but for first-timers the best choice would be Ocean Beach, the largest and most lively of the island communities. On arrival, stroll around 'downtown' Ocean Beach, then head west through the residential area to the Ocean. There is a public changing room/facilities there. The beach is among the most popular, but the local authorities enforce all kinds of peevish rules (like no drinking on the beach...not even soda), so head west on the beach till you reach one of the adjoining communities (Seaview, Ocean Bay Park, FI Pines), where the beach is much less crowded and things are more relaxed and you won't get busted for taking a snack our of your backpack. Hang and swim here as desired.

Those with lots of energy and desire to walk even more, could continue on to Sunken Forest, a unique ecosystem worth exploring. When the day is winding down, it is possible to return to the mainland on the ferry from Ocean Bay Park, rather than having to walk all the way back to Ocean Beach. There are also a couple restaurants there, though not nearly as many as in Ocean Beach. (Or, as an alternative, return to Ocean Beach and enjoy a beer and maybe a bite before taking a later ferry.)

The package ($30 includes train from NYC, taxi to the ferry and the ferry fare) may be the best deal for this option. The round trip ferry ride itself costs $17. I would expect that even with 4 persons per car, the cost of driving, plus tolls, plus parking at the ferry dock could easily be $13 per head or more.

If you are interested in going, please let us know by taking the poll here:

Table of Contents

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Planning A Trip To Fire Island August 18, 2009 6:27 PM anonymous
Fire Island Camping Option August 18, 2009 6:25 PM anonymous
Fire Island Option August 18, 2009 6:24 PM anonymous
Fire Island Info August 18, 2009 6:21 PM anonymous
What Happens If I Can't Keep Up? August 18, 2009 6:17 PM anonymous
Hikers Responsibility code August 18, 2009 6:15 PM anonymous
FAQ's August 18, 2009 6:08 PM anonymous
How to Quit A Meetup Group August 18, 2009 5:58 PM anonymous
Proper Equipment for Hiking August 18, 2009 5:28 PM anonymous
RSVP and ATTENDANCE ETIQUETTE August 18, 2009 4:26 PM anonymous
Part2 Meetup Terms of Service Agreement August 8, 2009 5:43 PM anonymous
Part4 Meetup Terms of Service Agreement August 8, 2009 5:42 PM anonymous

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