Everybody sing! [to the tune of “Over the River and Through the Woods”]:
Over the wind waves and through the shipping channel
To Hempstead Harbor we go,
The chart shows the way, so paddle and pray
Yer drysuit ain’t got holes. Oh!
“Lookit, a seal!” “Is that a loon?”
You ask me like I know.
We crossed the Sound, high-fives all ’round,
12 nautical miles, all told.
A little bit of Sound history… after his wife died in 1926, famed financier J.P. Morgan decided to build a public park in her memory. Acquiring the lands surrounding the former steamboat landing, the estate of another millionaire, and a Civil War-era hotel, Morgan brought some of the most skilled landscape architects in New York to work on the design and construction of the park. When it was completed in 1932, Morgan leased the park to the residents of Glen Cove and Locust Valley for a period of 999 years for $1.00. Note to self: come back in the summer for the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival.