Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hopper vacations

Though I will have to burn the midnight oil for the coming weeks, Markus and I decided to conclude his time here in the U.S. with a mid-week trip along the Long Island Seashore. In a sense, LI offers a condensed America-experience: from the fancy eateries of Westhampton to the trash flooding the dunes of Rockaway Beach, from the stunning natural beauty of the shores to the endless rows of gas stations and aging strip malls further into the island.

Near Wantagh we drove on a historic section of the coast road, built in 1937 with wooden light poles, leading up to brickstone bathhouses. All empty, making the absence of its eight million annual visitors even more present.

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