We spent about 30 minutes in the rental and then made our way to Old Barney. We didn’t brave the 217 steps, but at least were able to let Zach peak inside to see what they looked like. He really wanted to go up, but we all knew that about 30 steps up, he’d want help. That wasn’t going to happen 🙂 After walking the jetty, it was back into the car – and onto Holgate.
I was anxious to returned to Holgate. What damage remained? What was fixed? Had the trailer park area seen new tenants or had any work done? While it’d only been a few months since I’d been there, I still felt giddy and wasn’t sure what to expect.
It was clear in spots that nothing had been done – houses with “Keep Out” spray painted across plywood remained. Sandy touched oceanfront homes only had “for sale” signs adorning their fronts (this one here was a mere $1.2M). Were the homeowners insured? Had they given up? Not easily determined as a passer by. Was there even a beach left (below, left)?
As you’ll see below, some of the houses that hadn’t been touched on the last trip no longer stand. New construction had taken its place. In other areas, houses hadn’t yet been touched. The trailer park was a sand lot with more “No Trespassing” signs than signs of what it once was… – kris