My dears! Sag Harbor!
Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
9Trip End May 05, 2010
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We met him at his house after his school hours, and he loaded us into a small 4-wheel drive vehicle, drove us to a ferry (or rather, ON to it) and for ten minutes we floated over to Shelter Island, one-third of which is a Nature Conservancy preserve. Hugh does a lot of collecting at the Preserve and has discovered a new moth; Jerry wanted to see the habitat. Off we went, down dirt roads with swaths of grass down the middle and elegant flowering dogwoods out in fields. The land was a former hunt club rescued by the Nature Conservancy, with trails and beaches and forests. We made two stops a localities where the moth has been found, and I wandered around looking at the unusual ochre-orange small rocks and amazing patterned seashells. Then we drove to the "Manor House," formerly the hunt club headquarters, now the Nature Conservancy office, a "cottage" in the Eastern tradition of huge and turretted and brown-shingled-with-white trim. Had a tour of that, then floated back to Sag Harbor, collected our rental car at Hugh's house, and drove back down the Long Island Expressway (which is very LONG--an hour's trip) to our hotel. Thank God for the seemingly endless supply of Chinese take-out we ordered the other night. We have enough to take home to Berkeley (but won't).
I picked up a brochure for summer rentals in the Hamptons. Jerry and I were stunned: $100,000 for the month of July. And $350,000 for Memorial Day to Labor Day ("MD to LD") for ocean-front properties with pools and guesthouses and home theaters. Where on earth does all this money come from?
Hugh says many of his students at the private school are children of real estate agents! Does this surprise anyone?
Off to Montauk today...