May 20, 2009

Sandy Point Beach

So I've been feeling kind of restless and wanting to go to a beach of some kind to take some pictures or something. Finally, I did! This morning, I got up at 5 AM, showered, gathered some things, and went to Sandy Point Beach. It's the last exit before the tolls for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Even better was that it only cost $3.00 per car to get in. That being the case, I paid my dues and started my little photo journey. Only about half of the pictures I took will be shown on here since Flickr decided to limit my upload. Boooooo!

So when I first got there, I sat down and had breakfast. I stopped into a Wawa and got a small sub and a liter bottle of water. Sitting there and watching the bridge and water from the picnic table, as well eating that sub while smelling the fresh breeze was lovely! I thought it was funny that the net was right in front of me as well and watching the birds trying to balance on it in the wind while I slowly ate my sub.

So after I ate I started walking near the concession stand which was closed, but had signs out proclaiming beach balls, chairs, etc for rent. As I was laughing at the signs so happily declaring these things on a desolate beach I turned around and much to my surprise, THIS was there! Holy crap! I haven't seen one of these since I was NYC a few years back! And I actually had a quarter to put in it! I looked at the bridge and the cars going over it, as well as some of the boats. I wanted to take a pic through the eyepiece, but it didn't really come out at all, so I just settled on looking through it naturally. It was fun though.

This is standing in the middle of the beach area, facing to the South and looking at the road leading onto the Bay Bridge. Lovely, clear day.

This is facing to the North. The sun was surprisingly high in the sky for how early it still was.

This surprised me. If you look from left to right at the sand, you can see 3 particular bands in the sand where the tide line rests. It struck me that it was so visible. I guess it helped that there was no one on the beach either.

Don't ask. These signs always amuse me. Moreso because I briefly thought about bringing a couple beers with me, but thought better of it.

BIG EFFIN BOAT!!!! No more explanation needed.

I LOVE this picture. I love how it came out! THAT is what I'd like to be doing in about 40 years. The feeling is right, the composition is right. It's just right. Relaxing, but still having a good time, just enjoying the fact that I'm alive, unbothered by the world around me, still kind of to myself, but sharing it with someone I love. That is probably my biggest goal in life summed up in a picture. That's where I'd like to end up some day. Heck, even the fishing part wouldn't be bad either! I don't know crap about fishing, but lately it seems more and more like something I might be able to enjoy.

I like this one just because of the way the sunlight comes across the image and sort of splits the area between the lighthouse and the boat.

I got lucky with this one. This is the wake from that big ship as it went by. I caught this image right when I realized if I didn't move IMMEDIATELY the water was going to be up to my ankles. I still think it was a pretty cool shot though. One of the best I've ever taken. Here's a link to the big version. It's more badass looking in that one.

I tried to get a shot of this bird a FEW times. Every time I got anywhere near it, it would fly further away. I ended up having to shoot it with the digital zoom, so it doesn't look as good. I actually think that this is closer to seeing it than I did in person! That bird was massive though. Huge wingspan! And tall. Easily nearly as tall as I am.

This buzzard was pretty funny. He sat on a fence and stared at me for a while with his wings half spread for a while. We watched each other before he finally flew up into that tree. once he was there, we just kind of eyed each other for a while. Yeah. You go, big bird.

Not much to this one. Just found a small wooded area that looked out onto the water and thought it was a neat view.

This is a little further back down that same trail. I liked it.

This made me laugh. Hard. I saw it when I down to the water after I came out of that wooded area. Basically, somebody took some small sticks and sand, then made a little fortress facing the Bay with cannons pointed towards any passing ships. They even put a that little white and blue thing up there as a flag and staked off the corners with other little sticks. Hehe... I actually had to lay in the sand to take the shot.

Just one of the rock groupings. I liked how it curved outward.

This was taken standing out on the end of that curved part of the last picture that seperates the fishing areas from one of the little reservation areas where they have cookouts and stuff.

This also made me laugh. I walked into one of the cookout area bathroom stations and found this. The fact that it is a Waterless Urinal didn't really make me laugh as much as the fact they felt the need to proudly proclaim that it most certainly, without a doubt, absolutely was indeed a waterless urinal!

Nearby they had a seatless toilet. Not even the things that hold the toiletseat were on this thing. It was just a ceramic bowl with water in it and that was it. Sadly that had no sign above it. Just a button for flushing. That said, it wasn't worth posting on Flickr, to me.

I'm not sure, but I think this is the old "Mezick" house that's out there by Sandy Point. I wasn't keen on going too close because I didn't know if anyone still lived there, but you could tell the house had been there for quite some time. Regardless, that'd be awesome to live down there in that house. I'd love it!

This is the South end of the beach from one of the first shots. There's a sort of path made of huge stone that you can walk out on that runs alongside the West running side of the Bay Bridge. There's also a boat launch nearby as well, so it's not uncommon to see boats coming out of there going into the bay. When I worked at the pool company and driving back home, I saw lots of people with fishing gear every few stones out there. This is about as close as you can get to the bridge on foot. For people who're curious, the boats name was "Tail Chaser".

As I was getting ready to leave, a got this shot of a few seagulls chilling on the beach. It was getting warm out and they looked pretty happy.

One of the last things I thought of when I was leaving was "Damn... That IS a big bridge!"

Now be it known there were a few more pics I would've liked to put up, but Flickr is limiting and I'm lazy after typing all that up.

One of them was of something that made me smile. A big family was piling out of their van with the little kids running across the beach to stand by the water while the rest of them hauled all the coolers, chairs, and blankets out to the waters edge. I watched them for a little bit before I got into the car, thinking that maybe years ahead later on they'd remember Sandy Point and go back just to walk around and see the place again. Just a thought that made me grin.

Anyways, that's it for now. I was hoping for something a bit more self-investigative, but it's not happening. I do know that I found my little trip therapeutic though and would like to go again sometime soon. Going by myself was nice, true. I did realize though that I like to share my enjoyment with other people. Having fun alone can be gratifying for me, but I also truly feel satisfied when I can share it with someone else. *shrugs* Whatever the case may be, I enjoyed myself!


  1. These pictures are amazing!! I see a cookout at Sandy Point in the future.

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  3. Bitch i hate you Frank!!!! WHY DIDN'T YOU MENTION THIS WHEN I WAS THERE!!!!????NOW I HAVE TO GO AGAIN!!!!

  4. Wow. Great pics. I also see so much of Sr. and I in what you say. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

    Remember when the red sand would stain your swim trunks and feet?

    We had good times there. I'm so glad you guys all remember where we used to go. :)