Sunday, April 7, 2013

Jamaica Bay with Violet

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

This afternoon Violet and I went to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay is one of my favorite places to go with my family.  Unfortunately, we haven't been since the fall.   This fall, there was a hurricane and there was damage at Jamaica Bay.  There was a breach in the barrier between the saltwater bay and the freshwater pond.  Usually, we hike around the pond, but because of the breach, you can no longer do that.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Luckily, the birds didn't seem to know the difference! We saw swans, Canada geese, an osprey, and an egret or heron (not sure which!).  Here's Violet looking at a goose swimming in the West Pond.  Violet was pleased to be back at Jamaica Bay, but she was sad about the pond breach.  When the pond was breached, the freshwater fish died. Isn't that sad? The ranger reminded us that it was nature's way, but we were still sad for all the fish.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Here's Violet on the path back to pond.  There were lots of things washed up in the little forest area along the path where we have walked so many times before.  The benches and signs were mostly washed away.  My family was very lucky that the hurricane did not cause much damage to our neighborhood.  Many families in our part of the country were not so lucky.  Violet and I kept those families in our thoughts today.


Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Here I am with Violet at the Visitor Center. I'm glad we got to talk to the rangers about the park.  They are planning to fill in the breach.  I thought they might build a bridge, but filling the breach would be less expensive than building a safe bridge.

Have you ever been on a hike? What did you see?

In this entry I'm wearing: purple tee by Royal Doll Boutique, shorts, socks, vest, and boots by American Girl.

6 comments:

  1. I hope the breach is filled in soon. Where I live, the river freezes in the winter and then floods in the spring. When I was little, I used to like to play on a fallen tree on the riverbank, but one year the water got so high that the tree was swept away!

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    1. Wow! The water must have been really powerful!

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  2. That was scary and sad for those poor fresh water fish. It is hard when things change that much. I know when we went to Grand Turks in the Caribbean the second time it was not long after Katrina and much of the island was damaged, it was much different than the first time we were there. We are hoping when we go this time it will be fixed up for those living there again .. Hurricanes can do so much damage.

    We love to hike, well some of us girls do, there are some that are too girly and hiking is not their thing ..

    Hugs my Friend,
    Taryn

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    1. Hello Taryn!

      Hiking is totally my thing! Violet is pretty girly and she still loves to hike. Maybe you can convince some of your girls. :)

      Inky

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  3. Oh, dear! I really hope the breach is filled soon. It must have been nice to talk to the ranger about that. However, the birds must have been very nice to watch. There aren't many birds where I live. I like both you and Violet's outfits. Perfect for hiking!
    Dakota

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    1. Hi Dakota!
      I hope the breach gets filled in too! Thank you for your compliment on our outfits!

      Love,
      Inky

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