Compo Beach was hopping today, as Westporters turned out to enjoy a glorious October afternoon. Since beach parking stickers are not required after September 30, I wouldn't be surprised if some out-of-town friends were also in
attendance. Driving into the beach area, it was obvious
that all the best spots were taken.
As I walked the beach, I saw people taking taking advantage of the wide range of activities that the Compo Beach complex offers.
Of course, there were the sun-worshipers stretched out on blankets and beach chairs, soaking up the rays (it is the beach, after all!) I even saw a few brave folks taking a dip in the water. I know they say water temps remain "warm" through October, but is 65 degrees really mild enough for a swim? To be fair, those I noticed were wearing wet suits.
Dog owners were cavorting with their canine friends, as the
summer ban on pets at the beach is also lifted as of October
Beach goers appreciated the fact that Joeys by the Shore,
the Compo Beach concession, stays open through the late
fall. I admit to being sorely tempted, as I watched happy kids munching on french fries...but I resisted.
Looking out on Long Island Sound, I was a bit envious of those boaters who haven't yet winterized their vessels and were taking full advantage of the wonderful fall weather. I've always marveled at how clear the views across the Sound are, when the cooler weather moves in.
Across the road, a group of teens were making good use of the ball fields, while the younger set were having a great time exploring the marvelous Compo Beach playground.