I just arrived back home, to Texas, from visiting my mom in New York. We had a very good visit, as always. :)
Mom lives on Long Island, not far from so much devastation left behind by hurricane Sandy. Her home survived this hurricane all right and only lost power for 2 hours. However, we have had damage from hurricanes, that have come before, and have had power outages for a couple of weeks before. So, our family is used to the loss due to storms. This time we feel very blessed that all is OK.
Here's mom! We were having lunch in her kitchen and I snapped this photo!
One day we decided that we would take a drive around town, to see the damage that some of her friends were dealing with. By the time I arrived to NY, most folks had gutted their homes of walls and carpets, cabinets and furniture. They were working on rebuilding and fixing. Her friends' homes were being repaired and starting to look pretty good.
We drove to the local boat docks along the south shore of Long Island, near her home, and stopped in our favorite spot for just sitting and looking at the sea. It was an extremely calm and beautiful day. But, here is some of the damage that we saw.
This is a local seafood restaurant. They were getting it repaired, so they could open back up and serve the public.
Some houses being repaired. All the first level floors were being ripped out, while the families were inhabiting the top floors. If you look close you might see the wood leaning against the houses.
More houses and more devastation. But, repairs were under way.
All of these homes are right on the bay, the bay opens into the Atlantic.
This, below, is one of my favorite views. :) Why? Cause it is a picture of the bridges to the beach and I LOVE the beach. Yes, there are two separate bridges there, but they are built close enough, that from a distance they look like one. We noticed that cars were crossing, so I started the car and we drove to the bridge and tried to get to the beaches.
After we crossed this bridge, and a draw bridge, we couldn't get to the third bridge, that leads to Fire Island. The bridge was ok, but the road on the other side isn't. We tried to visit a couple of other beaches, but they are all closed, due to damage. So, we turned around and went home......
We had a great day, visiting with each other and seeing the water. We both always enjoy just looking at the different views of the water.