New Jersey extends for about 110 miles mostly NNE along the Atlantic. We cruised staying 2 to 3 miles offshore in order to avoid the shallow waters. It was another glorious day of low winds on the stern, 3 foot waves with 6 second periods, and sunshine. I began thinking about all the captains that had sailed these waters since the founding of our country and what it must have been like without GPS-driven maps, depth charts and weather forecasts. The British, French, Spanish and others all braved these waters to discover and help establish what we now know as America.
The southern end of New Jersey is relatively flat with wide beaches, little natural vegetation, and homes close together along the shore. These homes are nearly at sea level and back up against large shallow bays and the ICW. On the northern end, the homes are just as dense, but they are interspersed with small cities, high rise condo buildings, occasional water towers, and more hills and trees rising behind them. It is easy to see how a hurricane such as Sandy could sweep ashore here and do so much damage.
|Southern New Jersey Atlantic skyline|
|Northern New Jersey Atlantic skyline|
|Housing which was part of the 1848 Cost Guard Station|
|Sunset over Staten Island|