The holidays are upon us, although this year will involve less merriment and adventure, and focus more on safety and health. For my wife and I, that means mall trips are replaced with online shopping, large family gatherings are replaced by video meet-ups, and going out to celebrations are replaced by quiet nights in front of the TV. But one thing remains the same: when we get a fantastic December day, with temperatures soaring into the 60s, we do the one thing we know best: get in the car and go somewhere beautiful!
On a recent mid-December weekend, we were surprised by a dramatic change in the weather. Not three days earlier, temperatures were struggling to rise above the 30s, yet on a gorgeous Sunday we awoke to sunny skies and a high temperature in the 60s. Grabbing only our light jackets, throwing the camera gear in the car, and checking the traffic report, my wife and I drove out once again to Sandy Hook beach at Gateway National Recreation Area in Highlands, New Jersey. It was a terrific way to spend an afternoon, and while I hadn’t planned on writing another post until after the holidays, this trip merited being shared!
Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreation Area was a wonderful diversion on a warm day in late autumn. Sandy Hook is open from 5:00 am – 9:00 pm during the summer months, and 5:00 am – 8:00 pm during the winter. Certain buildings (such as the lighthouse and visitor center) are closed due to the pandemic, but the outdoor sections of the park remain open.
Thank you for coming along on this warm December adventure on the open road ahead. Have a safe, happy holiday season, and be well!