Sunday, March 07, 2004

Sea Breeze Mind Clear 

I've been feeling the need for an ocean fix lately. Friday on my way home I took the long way, walking from South Station along the Harbour Walk up to the North End, then meandered around the North End a bit before heading over to North Station. Took about an hour, and it felt good to get out and walk along the water, but I needed some serious waves and rocks.

So today, since The Girl is off in NH sitting in on drums with a band up there, I decided to take off a couple of hours from studying to go on up to Halibut Point. This is one of my favorite places to get away and soak up the ocean environment. Hiking trails, huge boulders for clambering or stretching out on, ocean birds, waves, tidepools, wind. On the hike out to the ocean from the parking area, you pass by an old quarry. The trail goes all around the quarry, and there's a self-guided tour to learn about the history of the place. The picture on the website might look familiar if you've seen The Next Karate Kid, Hilary Swank's first starring movie.

The weather's been nice (i.e. 40 degrees and above), and I spent an hour and a half hiking, sitting, watching the waves, etc. Heaven. On the way out I sat on the edge of the quarry, with my feet hanging over the edge (my oldest sister would have had a conniption), and listened to Cyndi Lauper's recent cover of Unchained Melody on my Nomad. The wind was blowing a perfect accompaniment, and the water in the quarry is still mostly iced over but with a fantastic array of textures and cracks. For me, it was perfect meditation. Then I went for a drive along the shore of Cape Anne, through Pigeon Cove, Rockport, Annisquam, and Gloucester.

God I love New England. I've moved away several times, but I always end up right back here.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:25 PM