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Still an Island

A stretch of sand clasps Great Island to the mainland now.  But, before the currents of Cape Cod Bay swept the sandbar into place Great Island truly was an island, the residue of melting glaciers.

If Cape Cod were the muscled arm of a flexing bodybuilder, Wellfleet, Massachusetts would be the forearm.  Chilly Atlantic waters crash heavily on the open ocean side inevitably tugging down statuesque bluffs in the ongoing rearrangement of sand by Sea.  The inner side of this forearm is Great Island.

We hiked the Great Island Trail after a weekend of celebration: a fiftieth birthday and the subsequent reunion of favorite family and friends. Great times. I had run the roads of Wellfleet the morning before and was primed to walk its adjacent shores and marshes before driving back toward Boston.

We followed the Great Island Trail through a pitch pine forest, by salt marshes and along sandy shores adorned with flowing sea grasses.  Color was nuanced across a spectrum of gold, brown and russet red, pierced by the brilliant blues of sky and sea.

And as we wandered through its desolate beauty and tranquil seclusion, Great Island still felt every bit the island it once was.

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Featured Photo: Tangier Generations

Featured Photo: Tangier Generations (Tangier, Morocco)

 

 

 

To walk the streets of Tangier is to cross the threshold of a swarming hive. A teeming colony of entrepreneurs —reliant on wits, stamina and a few practiced phrases— trail foreigner visitors like a highly mobile shopping network. We expected this. And the vibrant, evolving city still charmed us with its hopeful energy. But it was this quiet moment, discovered with a backward glance and captured in this featured photo, that embedded itself as my most cherished Moroccan memory.

 

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Hiking Handies Peak

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The view was spectacular —but the climb itself was my milestone.DSC_1624

Six months after ankle reconstruction surgery, I had hiked to the top of Handies Peak, one of Colorado’s fifty three “14ers.”*  In the previous week, my ankle had carried me high into the San Juans, up vertical DSC_1608climbs to impossibly blue crystal lakes and over treacherous rock slides to exposed wind swept crags.

With my surgical scar hidden beneath the strap of my hiking sandal, none could see the evidence of my three bone and ligament grafts acquired in November of 2012. The few determined hikers we encountered around Durango, Silverton and Ouray saw only a like-minded mother and daughter, paused only for photos and occasional gasps of the thin air.

OK, I may have smiled a little more than the average hiker as I crested Handies —but it’s tough to contain the exhilaration of beating “you can’t.”263448_10151136090428148_585337907_n

* Mountains with an elevation of over 14,000 feet.

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