a lil’ bit of Sun

it was a drive over to the ICW near the Sunset Beach Bridge this early morning at Sunrise.. ‘kewl’ temps at 30* and no wind which made it bearable.. forecast up to 60* and sunny for the rest of today on this last day of 2016

the drive south..back home

left Brooklyn at 1030am for the drive south towards home..  thought it would be much more crowded but except for a couple of slow downs on the NJ Turnpike all was good.. home at 1015pm..

Sheepshead Bay–bye bye

Belt Pkwy at Verrazano Bridge– ‘Fuhgeddaboudit’

Rt 1 Delaware
Potomac’s Nice Bridge Maryland to Virginia

Merry Christmas

hope all my family and friends have a very Merry Christmas on this very special day … up early and off to Church for 930am Christmas Mass at St Mark’s church here in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.. church was beautifully decorated for the Christmas holiday.. Pat created a super Italian traditional meal-raviolis- at Cuzzin Mary’s house here in Brooklyn

a sunrise walk to the ‘Bay’

that’s ‘Sheepshead Bay’ as it is known to us old-timers who lived nearby in Coney Island and hung around here in the 50’s & 60’s..just a short walk over to the fishing boat docks along Emmons Ave.  Swans galore..Pigeons too of course..gulls all over..  the Brooklyn..Ranger & Amberjack still fixtures among all the regular boats..saw just one fishing charter the Rockfish heading out with 2 aboard looking to hookup on some late season Stripers.. stopped at Emmons Bagels as per my usual–monster size Brooklyn ol’fashion Bagels..  all pics taken with my Note 4 phone

heading north..yikes

left the house and on the road at 530am.. traffic overall-a friggin’ zoo–I’ll just leave it at that..passed by good ol’ Ft Lee outside Petersburg, Va on I-295 off 95.. some good memories there back in late 1966 before shipping out.. got to the Verrazano and was welcomed by stopped dead traffic on the Belt Pkwy– so what else is new.. 3 days-14 hrs and I’m outta here .. just saying a BIG HELLO to Howie & Phyllis 🙂

Ft Lee exit
James River Bridge east of Richmond
Verrazano Bridge to Brooklyn

a pretty early morning at the beach

finally a sunrise after 11 days of cloudy..overcast.. and foggy early mornings since we’ve been back home from our cruise.. could use a bit of HEAT 31* and frosty at the beach–no wind.. a nice morning though.. one more day

Panorama at Sunrise

‘boids’ a/k/a Pigeons in flight at Sunrise
a nice morning– I’m Happy
a steamy-looking Sunrise
sun reflections

cold air moves back in

..as it was back to reality for December as overcast skies and cold 34* temps raised their uglee heads as I made my way over to the beach before yet another non-sunrise.. this afternoon’s temp had a high of 44* for a short while as it was back into the high 30’s by mid-afternoon.. not much going on at the beach as just a few walkers and disappointed picture-takers showed up.. and not a dog-walker in sight as the cold dreary weather kept all of them away for yet another day

what a week of early morning cold temps…

and non-sunrises..  down to 27* a couple of early mornings .. a 24* morning thrown in there also..  the past 2 days I headed over to the beach before sunrise –which wasn’t…. heavy pea-soup fog today much worse than yesterday but temp was at 61* early.. both days turned nice with sunny blue skies  mid-morning with today’s temps getting to 75*.. not too shabby for December

finally 61* at the non-sunrise
heading to the Island on the Bridge

 online Pier-Cam

where’s da’ Pier

Merry Christmas at the house
screenshot of moi at the Pier-Cam

enroute HOME–Ft Lauderdale

our ship arrived in Ft Lauderdale before 6am with cloudy skies and 69* temps..  a bit cooler than expected..  we were off the ship by 830am went thru customs in the terminal and boarded our Hertz shuttle Bus to pick up our one way rental van for the drive home.. we were ‘on the road’ by 915am heading northbound on I-95 ..  a couple of pit stops for lunch and later on for dinner in Charleston and we were home by 10pm 689 miles later.. with 27* temps for overnite lows…brrrrrrrr..  NOT NICE ugh!