ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST – Marilyn Armstrong

RDP Saturday: COAST

When you grow up in any of the coastal states in the U.S., “going to the beach” is at the top of your summertime list from as soon as you are old enough to tiptoe into the ocean, until you get serious about work and forget about having fun for the next couple of decades.

It’s not that you don’t go to visit the shore. We all do that, even in the middle of the winter, to see the gulls fly backward against the incoming winds, early enough to watch the haze burn off along the shoreline … and the best place to think quietly without any interruption.

I actually prefer the coast in the winter. It’s relatively empty, at least of people. The sky is a great blue bowl overhead … and when the wind comes in, the seagulls really do fly backward until they give up and sit in the water until the winds die off.

Atlantic shore in Ogunquit. Maine at dawn
Rockport, Massachusetts at sunrise
Gloucester, Massachusetts, home of the famed fishing fleet
Gloucester, Cape Ann – A famous place for shipwrecks!
Barnstable on Cape Cod

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

20 thoughts on “ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I’ve never been a fan of the beach in winter but I see your points.

    Most of my winter beach treks have been on search stories in murder cases. Very little romance.

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    1. The New England coastline is amazing, no matter where you are. Up here, much of it is rockbound, but many areas have rocks in one place and sand in another. No palm trees, though. You have to go way far south for that. Maybe to the Caribbean. I could live with that.

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    1. I haven’t gone into the ocean for a long time. Too many surgeries, too many scars that don’t like cold water — and the Atlantic IS cold. Never got to swim in the Pacific. I was working and didn’t have time, but I spent a fair bit of time in the Mediterranean. That was lovely. And WARM.

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  2. Coast is a synonym for holiday for me. In England it was where we went for two weeks to get out of London and we traveled to other places in Europe to actually find the coast that Switzerland did not have..I would have settled for any season

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    1. For a lot of people, going to the coast is what they do for the holidays. It was never entirely successful for me because I’m so fair-skinned, I get torched. But we did spend every holiday for more than a decade on Nantucket Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Garry spent the time lying in the sun while cooking — and I went shopping. Then there was dinner …

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  3. I have only seen the ocean in photos, which may be why I’m one of the few people who does not find the idea of a day at the beach to be fun at all. I’d rather stay out of the sun, keep the sand out of my everything, and no I’m NOT getting in the water!

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  4. It is nice to have the beach to yourself in the winter time. I was never one for lying on the sand baking but I like it when it’s quiet and you can let your dog run and swim and look for interesting pebbles and shells. I was lucky to live in a beachside suburb for 25 years and luckier that because it was a stony beach it was not as popular as the other Adelaide beaches so really only used by locals.

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