Chatham Lighthouse Beach
As many of you know, I'm originally from Cape Cod - a place that is near and dear to my heart. We've been lucky enough to visit relatives there for the last several years, but I think this year's visit tops them all. Best of all we were able to spend time with relatives we rarely see, "breaking bread", laughing and talking but, we were also able to see the Cape from a vantage point rarely accessible to most. We flew in a private plane over and back between Chatham and Nantucket on one of the only really nice days this spring.
Flying over I could hardly get my bearings but found the Lighthouse at the end of Hardings Beach at the entrance to Stage Harbor and then was simply astounded to see all of the changes in the shore line and barrier beaches east and south of Chatham. North Beach is now North Beach Island. There is now a South Beach (in Massachusetts!), and it is separate from Monomoy Island and its distinctive lighthouse. The "new break" is easily seen from the air with the triangle of sand created by the break just yards from the new opening. The patterns and colors of all of the shoals, bars, and beaches is spectacular and I can't believe our good fortune at being able to see it all from the air. The trip between Chatham and Nantucket took less than thirty minutes but I was glued to the windows and my camera (of course).
Once on the island, we took an hour tour in a van to see parts of the island we couldn't have on foot in one day. Jozie, our driver, was a colorful character who was born (prematurely on vacation) on the island and has lived here for the last twenty five years or so. Her love of it was apparent and her knowledge of it was better than she professed. After that, we ambled the cobblestones of downtown Nantucket, window shopping and getting ready for our sail on the Endeavor.
Endeavor, is a Friendship sloop built by it's owner and captain, Jim Genthner. Peter and I have visited Nantucket for the last several years during our visits to the Cape, specifically to sail with Captain Jim. He's a delightful guy, with a thick New England accent and mischief in his eyes, and he's full of knowledge and funny stories about the island upon which he's lived with his family for the last three decades (plus). An hour and a half on Nantucket's waters on the Endeavor are guaranteed to clear out all the cobwebs and relax you beyond your dreams.
Next? Lunch of course, and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch on the cobblestones at the end of the pier at a restaurant called Cru. First order of the day? A plateau! What, you might ask is that? It's a "tower" of seafood including oysters, clams, crab, shrimp and lobster. It's dramatic and fun, especially if one in your crowd has never had one. Special drinks were in order followed by something sensible like hamburgers and espresso.
Our pilot has been spotting tuna for two fishing boats for over 20 years and when he dropped us off he went to work. He called us around 4:30 p.m. to say he was heading back to Nantucket to collect us. We met him at the airport and flew back to Chatham, savoring every glimpse from the windows. As we approached Chatham, my bearings were with me, so I recognized from the air the Chatham Lighthouse beach, Ryders Cove, Pleasant Bay, "the Outer Beach", and Eastward Ho. This was my home for many years, a place I know well, a place I love - and I cannot thank Leslie enough for letting us see it from the air! What a day, what memories, and what images. I hope you enjoy this slide show as much as I do.
Photos and Slide Show © 2013 Claudia Ward
Music: "Old Cape Cod" by Patti Page