After many years of whining and moaning and longing and ranting, I have finally had...The Fire Island Experience.
People tried to console me throughout several summers and tell me that it was overrated...shallow...not the kind of people I want to be around. But you know what? I had a really good time!
First of all, it's beautiful. The ferry lets you off in a pseudo-Downtown area packed with cute little shops and bars and restaurants. Just a few yards beyond that we found ourselves on a boardwalk surrounded by tall grass. On our way to our place we passed many adorable little houses, along with the incredibly pretentious but nonetheless beautiful Belvedere Hotel.
The house we stayed in was surrounded by a tall forest of bamboo. There was a deck in the back, fenced in by greenery, which allowed for plenty of privacy, which allowed tat to use the outdoor shower without offending anyone. (Don't ask me why, but I feel like the outdoor shower may have been one of my favorite things about the trip.)
The beach was also a wonderful experience. It's been a few years since I've been to a beach, but I don't think I've ever enjoyed a beach as much as this one. The whole clothing-optional aspect was a thrill in itself. One that I actively participated in, of course. If you've never been butt-naked in nature, you simply must. It's one of the most freeing feelings in the world. I was reminded of a joke I heard from a comedian a few years ago, saying that nude beaches are a lot less like the Spice Channel and more like the Discovery Channel. Sure, there were a few gentlemen whom I would not have chosen to see without clothing, but there was also an admirable supply of men whom I could have stared at all day...and I think it's safe to say a handful of them stared back.
|I met a deer!|
As you can probably gather, I had an absolutely terrific weekend, and it could not have come at a better time. My only regret is that it didn't come sooner, because now that I've been to the Grove and have a better I idea of how the whole operation works, I can't wait to go back! Unfortunately I have neither the time nor the finances to make it happen again before the summer is out, but you'd better believe I'll be back again next year!
P.S. I lied. I have two regrets. The other is that I have to make some serious edits to "Fame Whore" now.