Walking To Monomoy

Narrow PassageMy goal on Thanksgiving was simple: to eat at least four different kinds of pie.  As it turned out, I had not anticipated the banana custard, the ice cream and white potato pudding.  Or that, by the end of the weekend of leftovers, I would have surpassed my goal so well that I could leave out the words "different kinds of."  

So when I heard that the inevitable had happened - the southern tip of South Beach had merged with the northern tip of South Monomoy Island - I saw it as an excuse to lose a pie or two from my bathroom scale.Rising Tide

I like to tell myself that every year I've walked from the Chatham Lighthouse to the end of South Beach since it first became possible.  During the summer of 1991, I even waded across a narrow channel in front of the lighthouse to the island that was South Beach, to go body surfing.  But those yearly treks skipped a few times.  The last time was on a brilliant afternoon of March 2004.

Every time I have gone, the beach had grown. So the walk became longer as I have grown The Forbidden Zoneolder.  Probably for the best, then, that South Beach collided with Monomoy.

(see video here and read the rest of the column here -- and get an explanation to some of the accompanying photos shown below)





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 Portrait in Frustration


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Beach Glass


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