After all of the students and chaperones left to start their adventure in a local beach clean up, the parking lot became eerily quiet. I stayed behind to wait for a late arrival when it occurred to me that none of the chaperones had turned left out of the lot, and why would they? It was a wall of poison ivy, thick bushes and trees. There was no clear cut and wide trail for a group to hike on.
Albus Dumbledore once told Harry Potter, “Magic, especially Dark magic ... leaves traces.”
Well, there was no dark magic here but I know that if I looked carefully, I would see a chink in the armor of impenetrable green. After carefully walking along the untended bushes – I found it. A short rooty and rocky entrance to the north side of Chepiwanoxet Point. A few steps into the path revealed what was once known as Arnold’s Cove. This cove is now a silted in marsh where avian predators find easy prey.
As I peered into Arnold’s cove from a cluster of low hanging branches, a Snowy Egret stood motionless and ready to strike (see picture). It was obviously disturbed by my presence and after a couple of minutes spread its wings in a slow motion manner and glided easily towards Goddard Park. Why can’t I spread my wings and glide to Stop 'n Shop in such a relaxed manner? Forget the iPhone 5, I’ll stand in line for a pair of wings.
For anyone wanting some solitude this is the place to go. Chepiwanoxet is relatively small. I would guess that at a rapid walk, you could walk around the entire point in 30 minutes or less. There is a bench near the tip of the point where students picked up over 100 cigarette butts. There is poison ivy on the island, but if you stay to the beach and look for it on the trails you should be fine.
Solitude, sailboats and horseshoe crabs. Sounds like a nice place to get away. The only thing making it difficult is finding the parking lot. You can throw caution to the wind and just plug it into a GPS but it may not get you exactly there. I’m fiddling around a lot more with screencasts lately, so for some quick directions click here. http://www.screenr.com/r558 Enjoy the picked up point!
(A slide show using Photopeach can be seen here) http://photopeach.com/album/7pr2bx