In 2012 Hurricand Sandy breached the barrier island in Bay Head and Mantoloking, NJ, among other places, resulting in major damage and flooding along the beautiful Jersey Shore. In the aftermath a 3 1/2 mile long protective steel wall was placed along the beach from Mantoloking through the Normandy Beach section of Brick Township. The 45' steel is driven 30' into the ground with 15' above sea level. It was then covered with sand with reportedly 150' to 200' of sand between it and the water. As you can see, several subsequent storms have played havoc with this effort. These beaches have now been closed, temporarily we hope, in this ongoing battle with mother nature. Right now there is no safe access to the beach along most of this area.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.