Goodnight Irene! Some sand and rocks out of place, but that’s about it on Gooseberry

Gulls guard the entrance to the parking lot, the eastern half of which has a new layer of beach sand and some rocks and seaweed - the center and western half appear untouched. (With all photos click image to get a larger version.)

Hurricane Irene was much nicer to Gooseberry – and this region in general – than it was to the people who got hit hardest in the Carolinas, or the people in upstate New York and Vermont who are still contending with floods from the torrential rains.

Of course there just isn’t much to damage on Gooseberry and since it reach out into the ocean as point and doesn’t take the waves broadside, I think it tends to escape the kind of damage East Beach Road received.

I suppose the main question with Gooseberry would be did Irene do serious damage to the causeway? And the answer – at least to my casual eye – is “no.” There are some small rocks and sand  and seaweed on top of it. A few of the large rocks were moved around a bit. But I imagine a few days clean up will put everything in order.

A few large rocks on the causeway got moved . . .

, , , and several smaller rocks go added to its surface.

Guess this privy isn't supposed to be lying down ont he job 😉

There was a sign and saw horses as soon as I got across the Rt.  88 bridge announcing that the beach was closed and encouraging people to turn around. There was another sign at the start of East beach – much harder hit – that said the road was closed to through traffic.

And I was happy to see lots of healthy bird life as well.

Sandeling in flight along the east beach on Gooseberry..

Sanderlings preening on the beach.

OK - first winter Laughing Gull - black tail, dark wing tips, dusky around head.

Semi-palmated Sandpipers on the ocean-side rocks of the Causeway.

Looking towards East Beach the trailers are all gone - removed BEFORE Irene arrived - and a good thing they were!

Fence at beginning of causeway give a good indicator of how high the water was - or at least how hight he waves were breaking.

Guardrail just before causeway entrance took a beating.

Parking lot before causeway entrance got a lot rockier.

Meanwhile, far out in the Atlantic following a path not unlike that I Irene, or the ’38 hurricane, is Katia – but, of course, it is a long, long way off and many things can happen before it becomes any sort of threat.  But I have a feeling we’re reverting to the hurricane pattern of the 1950’s when a lot more storms than usual threatened the East Coast.

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