I received some excellent fan mail yesterday:
Hello, Loving Long Island!
Such a cool blog. What I really like is the LOVE you put into your posts. Nice photos, recommendations, recipes, videos how to… a rich, lovely site.
You and Soundbounder have the Island covered. You both make me want to explore more.
Thanks for the work you put in! It IS greatly appreciated!
If that weren’t flattering enough, it’s from Christina Sun, one of my favorite publishers. Her site, Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook, features beautiful, informative, and sometimes comical water color paintings of New York Harbor, and entertaining transcripts of radio communications between the boats working there.
(I still haven’t figured out why she always has that radio with her, but when I was working from home I had a marine VHF squawking on my desk all day long just for fun. So if that’s the case, I get it.)
The funny thing is, while Christina wants to explore Long Island, she and Will Van Dorp of Tugster (he has a way with words like Christina has a way with brushes) have me hooked on New York Harbor and the Hudson, places I never thought I would have any interest in whatsoever.
But that’s the whole point of publishing this stuff anyway, isn’t it; to share the excitement and inspire others to come see too?
As for Soundbounder… Well, that’s Mathew Housekeeper. I’m on his site all the time for his excellent photographic coverage of both shores of the Long Island Sound. I don’t know how he gets around so much, but he does.
So, three great sites that I highly recommend. If you love the water, work boats, cool places, great writing, and pretty pictures, then the rest of your day is shot
Oh, and thank you, Bowsprite for the fan mail. It’s nice to know that all this work is greatly appreciated.