Greetings from Cape Cod! On this foggy day here on the Cape at 6 am, I am writing about a place near and dear to my heart, Faith Hill, or the lifeguard station on the little hill at Dowses Beach in Osterville. As you enter Dowses Beach and cross over the bridge that separates little East Bay from the larger East Bay, rounding the turnabout and bearing right up a small incline, you arrive at a parking area that offers 3 or 4 spots, a bike rack and a small building housing said lifeguards and their gear. As you walk up the 7 or so steps to the top of a grassy flat area complete with two picnic tables, you might notice the old style wooden fence and ancient New England rock wall covered in moss and other deciduous plants. You might also see, as you look out onto Nantucket Sound, the shape of a hull, or the bow of a sailboat, as the curve of the fence gives the impression of a mighty yacht as it sails off into the western sky. A lone flag waves at the people below, giving rise to another day of hopeful sun, surf and sand. I have spent many days upon the deck of this imaginary vessel, and always, always have found a sense of peace that transcends time and space, bringing back what is right and good about this world and the people in it. Have a good Wednesday. Peace M
August 12, 2009
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