I've many passions but two of them are reading & camping, so naturally my camper's name is Parnassus for Christopher Morely's "Parnassus on Wheels".
By: PeaceRiverBP, 11:43 PM GMT on April 12, 2008
As I mentioned in my last blog, I lived the first 41 years of my life in New England before moving to Florida in 2002, and while I expected that I would need to acclimate myself to my new home, there was one thing in particular that came as a surprise- the night sky was different. I have long enjoyed looking up at a star-lit sky, searching out the stars and constellations that my sea captain father had pointed out to me years and years ago when teaching me about celestial navigation, but after I moved 1500 miles south, I found that my old friends were now askew. It was slightly disturbing and it gave me a feeling of vertigo when star-gazing.
Hubby & I will be hitting the road in a week or so for my old stomping grounds on Cape Cod to take advantage of the more lucrative job market up there and there are many things that I'm happily anticipating: seeing family and old friends; not just to go visit, but running into them at the Post Office, grocery store, gas station, waving at each other in traffic. It was very hard to move from a small town where I knew just about everyone to a new, distance home almost as alien as a faraway planet.
It was also a little disconcerting to go from living walking distance to the ocean to a place where I seldom got to see salt water. Cape Cod is a long peninsula that bravely sets it's hook a long way's out into the ocean. It is at the mercy of the restless elements, often swept by a raw, salty wind that last saw land on the other side of the Atlantic. I've missed the feel of that brisk wind on my face and the tangy smell; it makes all other air seem stale and lifeless. The sea is never more than a few miles away and it provides the residents with some of the best sea food to be found anywhere. As a fisherman's daughter and someone who worked in the fishing industry for a good part of my life, I was used to eating fresh fish all the time and I will be very happy to be on a sea food diet once again!
Last but not least, I'm looking forward to being able to look up at the night-time firmament and finding the stars back where they belong! On quiet evenings, I'll be able to turn my eyes toward the glittering heavens, hear the muted roar of distant waves crashing on the beach and then- then I will know I'm home.
These are old photos of my grand-daughter (now 5) on the outer beach.
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Updated: 1:57 PM GMT on April 28, 2008