We had several diversions along the way. Inflating the tires, stopping for a sandwich/banana bread, etc. What we'd hoped would be a 10:00 am departure time became a 12:00 noon departure - OH WELL WORSE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED.
In the car, we talked about weighty matters, such as which colors of leaves were our favorites. Orange was the clear winner. At one point, were so engrossed in the leaf conversation that we completely missed our turn. We continued down the little country road for a way in hopes that we hadn't, but it became clear that we were not in the vicinity of the nature reserve.
However, we did NOT miss the charming roadside farm stand selling pumpkins.
We chatted with the farmers, posed with the tractor, and each purchased a pumpkin. They threw in a couple of squash into the deal. After some directions from the friendly farmers, we were on our way again.
Plum Island is a barrier island...
...with the Atlantic Ocean on the east...
...dunes and forests in the middle...
...and marshes along the protected channel to the west.
All in all, a pretty fun day. We stopped for french fries and fried clams on the way home and got back pretty late and exhausted.
More photos, for your enjoyment.
Footprints, human and gull.
'All animals have a comfort zone. If an animal moves away
from you, you are too close'. Good advice for humans too.
A lot of linear feet of boardwalk.
It was chilly by the water.
The 'plums' for which the island was named.