Monday, February 2, 2015

Crazy cold beach day



I know that I'm always talking about how crummy the cold weather is here in Jersey, so the fact that me and Aaron walked up to the beach today and touched the toes of our boots to the freezing cold breakers either makes me look like lunatic or masochist. I guess both are slightly true.
We had just walked a load of packages to the post office, where we also picked up some packages. So we walked back home, unloaded our boxes, and we were just about to plan dinner. But then I said "hey, you wanna walk up to the beach?" And Aar immediately said yes. 


It was a chore getting there. There isn't one stretch of consistently shoveled sidewalk, so you're constantly having to step out into the street where cars are driving way too fast on the icy, slushy roads. 


But when we got up there it was so worth it. All of the trees and bushes were encased in ice. The pics really don't do it justice. It was magical and barren, and the lighting was sorta eerie. Earlier in the day it was snowing, so the sky was still overcast. We were up there right before sunset but like I said, it was overcast, so instead of a sunset there was just a warmer glow to the grey sky in the west. 


We had quite a bit of snowfall over the past week but the snow didn't really accumulate on the beach. It looks like the wind whisked most of it away. Oh boy it was windy up there!


Our view across the bay is of Staten Island, some of lower Manhattan, the Verrazano Bridge, a little bit of Brooklyn, and Coney Island. In the pics the horizon looks a million miles off, but in person we can make out the shapes of houses in Staten Island. The visibility was excellent today. 


The water was super choppy and sand colored from the bottom getting churned up. We saw a boat out there, because ya know, fishermen are crazy like that.


So yeah, the whole top layer of the sand is frozen. When you walk on it it cracks into pieces like this.


And check out these slush balls that the waves make!


Pretty cool.


All of the dune grass was coated in ice.


Just as we were leaving it was past sunset and the street lights had gone on. With light shining through it this ice coated dune grass looked like it was made of copper. In the background you can see some other branches glowing in the light.
Ok, so yes…we hate the cold. But this outing was one of those "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" moments. And it was worth it. First off, when we arrived back home our house felt kinda warm for about an hour. Of course this was merely a mind trick, because now we're totally freezing!
We're about to take our work upstairs where it's warmer, and work until quittin' time (whenever that is). And then since we forgot that yesterday was Sunday, we get to watch a couple of our current favorite shows tonight instead…Girls of course, and Togetherness, which is the great new show from the Duplass brothers.
Ok, that's it for now. Maybe I blogged this just so that I could provide a visual example of how cold it is here. ha!
Hope you're staying warm!
xo, Jenny…and Aaron says hi! 






20 comments:

  1. I loved this post! The pictures were stunning...did you have cocoa after or do I need to send you more marshmallows?

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    1. Thanks bunches Lisa! We had soup right after. But mannn talk of your marshmallows brings back great memories!! :) xo

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  2. Those slush balls!! I just want to stomp on them. I would have a hard time staying away from the ocean, hot or cold. I guess it's good that I'm land-locked. You look like you're freezing but still manage to be ridiculously adorable. <3

    The Manflesh is working in Staten Island right now... Give him a wave for me! Xo!

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    1. Riiight? Those balls were awesome! ha! It was CRAAZY cold up there! About an hour after getting home my entire face broke out in hundreds of raised red bumps! Like a cold/wind burn sorta. It was awful! It lasted almost a day! But of course We went back up there yesterday! ha! Less windy though!

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  3. Crazy slush balls! Those photos just make me chilly....

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    1. Aren't they great!!! It was BEYOND cold up there!!

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  4. Those pictures are beautiful!! I love to see recent pictures of everyday life around the world, and you gave me a unique insight of a beautiful frozen beach..

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    1. Thanks so very much! So glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for popping in! We just blogged yesterday's trip back up to the snow covered beach. It was less windy and cold… but way more snow! Hope you'll have a look! :)

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  5. I love snow, we haven't had that much this year! I'm not a fan of the cold but I love the magical feeling of snow and how everything looks new and fresh covered in a blanket of sparkly white! Your photos are lovely! Hope you're feeling warmer

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    1. Hi Sam! Ohh the cold is the worst! I know we are crazy for going up there! ha! But it is so hard to stay away knowing how amazing it always looks covered in white. We went back up yesterday for more photos… amazing how different it can look. This time there were no slush balls… instead, big white snow blocks floating out to sea! :) Thanks for visiting. xo

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  6. Loving the photos!!!! I can't believe the sand was frozen! That's crazy!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Julie! Yeah the sand looked amazing!! We went back up yesterday and it was totally covered in snow… no sand to be seen. Just blogged it. xo

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  7. Love the slush balls...lol I live 5 minutes from the beach and never go there in the winter, very cool.

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    1. So fun right? Loved seeing them! I honestly cannot handle the cold… but we just had to get up there to see it! ha! Thanks for popping in!! xo

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  8. Oh Jenny and Aaron, you must move to San Diego, California!! We are still wearing yoga pants and t-shirts. No slush balls on the shore or frozen sand to crunch on (although looks fun)!!
    Out West, out West, out West, come out West!!!
    The donuts are divine.....

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    1. Hi Claudia! ha! We would LOVE to!! Maybe one day!! At least for a year or two! And oh yeah we are dying to do a donut tour of Cali!! ha! xo

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  9. I've always wanted to see where the ocean meets the snow. And, now I have. So cool. I hope to, someday, see it in real life.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Robin! Ohh so glad you enjoyed the pics! We just blogged some more pics tonight, from yesterday's walk up to the snow covered beach. It had a totally different look from these photos. No sand to be seen this time, no slush balls. All snow, and chunks of snow washing out to sea. Thanks for visiting! xo

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    1. Thanks so so much Val!! Love from Jersey! xo

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