Last week my friend Erica announced on Facebook that she was hankering for a lobster — with lots of drawn butter. “Anyone want to join me?” she asked.
It sounded good to me, and before you could say “summer day trip,” Paul, Karina, and I were in the car driving north to meet her in Rockport.
The lobster was a bit small and a little disappointing, but it was followed by a memorable walk in Halibut Point Park. The park is home to a quarry, which borders the ocean.
While I held onto Karina’s leash, Paul took aim with the camera. His photos show why I think Cape Ann is one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth.
(That’s me in the blue hat.)
Karina handled the rocks like a mountain goat, and she surprised us all by lying down on a bed of green seaweed at the bottom of a tidal pool. I wasn’t quick enough to catch her La Dolce Vita moment, but the seaweed was more patient.
The waves were mesmerizing and I stood rooted to the spot, just watching and listening (that’s Paul and Erica discussing cormorants in the background).
When we got home, I remembered something I’d seen while scanning some old photographs. We’d been here before.
These were taken on a September camping trip circa 1990, when the boys were still boys, my hair an unfaded red, and Paul wore ’80s sunglasses before they were considered “retro.”
Happy weekend everyone!
louise radack said:
beautiful photos – I too hiked there when eric lived in gloucester – nice memories.
Hope all is well with you and family
Thanks Louise, I hope all is well with you too. And I hope you avoided the copious amounts of poison ivy we saw all along the trail. We managed to come through unscathed, but the stuff was everywhere. Nonetheless, I would go back in a second. It is a beautiful spot.
I love this! Great pictures and great way to tie the past to the present 😉
Thank you Melissa,
Our family archives are a bit haphazard, and your comment reminds me that there is a better way to store those memories.One of your workshops is in my future!
Heather in Arles said:
Oh how I loved this post for so many reasons Judith. Remi is watching the news so I will look forward to watching the little movie later. 🙂 How wonderfully reassuring in our messy world that some things never change…
You realize of course that the “La Dolce Vita” reference was a nod to your Ben. Our little Karina hasn’t yet shown much of an interest in swimming so I was proud of her willingness to flop around in that tide pool.
Very nice. I hope to get to Cape Ann while the Marsden Hartley exhibit is still there.