Day 2 - Sunday, January 19:
After a quick morning breakfast, J and I drove out to Montauk Point State Park located at "The End" of the southern fork of Long Island on NYS Route 27. Normally there is an $8 parking fee but we found that we could park for free. There were only 7 cars present when we arrived but normally this attraction is packed with tourists during the warm season.
Our primary goal for this visit was the see the lighthouse while letting the dogs explore the park. This state park allowed dogs on its premises as long as they were leashed but do not allow dogs to enter the lighthouse or museum. We were fine with wandering without going inside the buildings. When we arrived, the gates to the museum and lighthouse were closed anyway so we walked the surrounding area for an hour.
The Montauk Light is a lighthouse that was authorized by the Second United States Congress, under George Washington's presidency term. Construction of the lighthouse was completed in 1796 and today it stands as the fourth oldest working lighthouse in the states. More information can be found on the official website: http://www.montauklighthouse.com
After our visit to the lighthouse we took a short 5 minutes drive to Shadmoor State Park. The 99 acre park is named for the shadbush that grow there Inside there is a short 1 mile hike that we walked with some scenic overlooks along the path. The path was well worn and we didn't have any trouble navigating around. Parking is free at this park and leashed dogs are welcomed. More information can be found on this site: http://nysparks.com/parks/16/details.aspx
After the hike at Shadmoor State Park, we drove back to the motel and let our Shibas rest while we drove out to East Hampton to wander the town and shop. Upon our return, Shio and Emi were still filled with energy so we took them back out to Kirk Park Beach and they ran themselves silly while the sun set.
J thought it would be funny to post the sequence of photos he caught of me running up the dunes and falling to successfully reach the top. Instead I tumbled down like a sack of rice two times before hauling myself clumsily over the edge of the dune. Luckily no one else was there to witness this!