My in-laws are on Long Island (New York) and we went there for Christmas this year. As we always do, we headed down to Jones Beach, which is a treat in the off-season (and a mass of humanity during the warmer months). There was a brisk Northwest wind and high, thin clouds, all making for a lovely day at the beach (the way I like it, anyway). Among the cool aspects of Jones is its sand – it has a lot of garnet, I believe, which settles into wind-blown formations that are really stunning. Enjoy!