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A Monday meander: Love and place

A beautiful sunrise.

Love makes you see a place differently, just as you hold differently an object that belongs to someone you love. If you know one landscape well, you will look at all other landscapes differently. And if you learn to love one place, sometimes you can also learn to love another.

~ Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces 

Shine.

Let’s meander around Assateague Island today.  M and I have gone to the beach two weekends in a row and I realized this morning that I haven’t shared that with you.

Driving on to the beach.

Another thing I don’t think I’ve shared with you is that we are now the owners of a moderate-sized pick-up truck.  M has been on the hunt for one for a year or two because our car just isn’t suitable for a lot of the work we try to put it through.  Between the remodeling of the house and all the clean-up around the property, we’ve had to drag a lot of things on and off the ranch.  In some cases, we’ve had to pay to have them brought on or taken off.  Now that we have the truck, we can do most of that ourselves.  And we won’t have to load up the car every week with our trash.  (We don’t have garbage pickup out here in the middle of nowhere.  We have to take our trash and recyclables to the land fill on our own.)

Sunlight trying to break through the clouds.

The truck is also better suited for the OSV (Over Sand Vehicle) section of Assateague Island National Seashore.  Our car, as you might recall, is said to be suited for it but we did manage to get stuck in the sand our second time out.  We decided at that point not to use the car for such excursions again.  All in all, it just didn’t seem to be good for the car.

Lighting up the ocean.

There are, I think, about 13 miles of open beach on the Maryland side of Assateague Island that are accessible with an OSV.  You could also hike it if you’re up for it.  They do allow backcountry camping so you could hike in, stay for a while to rest up, and hike back out.  It’s something I have on my list of things to do while we are living here.  M and I will have to work up to that because it looks like a lot of work.  There is no fresh water available at the backcountry camp sites so you have to carry that in with you along with your other stuff.  You could also canoe or kayak your way to one of the campsites.  There are two oceanside and four bayside campsites to choose from.  There are plenty of rules involved (for instance, you have to hike in; you can’t have someone give you a ride) and you need a permit for use of the backcountry sites.

Dunes near where we parked.

On Saturday, February 10, M and I took our first trip on the beach with the new (used) truck.  As you can see from the images, it was a cloudy day.  It started raining about an hour or so after we parked the truck on the beach and started our hike towards the bay area.  We parked at KM22 (kilometer 22) and hiked out towards Tingles Island.  We didn’t get to see the island because we detoured to see something else.  You’ll have to wait to see what that was because I don’t think I’ll fit it into this post.

Marsh grasses lining the soft sand path to the bay.

I just realized the other day that M and I have been on the Eastern Shore for almost five years.  It was five years ago this month that we found the house we’re now living in.  At the time I thought I would love it here.  In some ways, I do.  I love the water, the beach, the wild horses, and even the landscape.  It’s taken me a while to appreciate the wild beauty of this area.  It’s so different than what I loved about northeast Ohio.

Windswept loblolly pine.

I know that sounds absurd, to take so long to appreciate this place.  Who wouldn’t want to live near the water, near the beach, near wild ponies?  Well, that’s what I thought, too, when we moved here.  My heart is still in Ohio, but I think a large part of that is due to the family connection (my children, their spouses, and my grandchildren are all in Ohio).

Swirling.

I’m learning what the locals know.  Visit the beaches as much as possible during the off-season months.  Go during the off-hours in the summer months.  Find the off-the-beaten-path parks, the secret places you learn about when you live here.  And the most important lesson of all no matter where you live:  There is beauty to be found in every season.

Reflecting.

On that note, it’s time for me to go.  Thank you for meandering with me on this gray and rainy Monday.  There is very little chance that we’ll see the sunset this evening, but if the clouds should part, I’ll meet you at the Point.  Sunset is scheduled for 5:47 PM.  It’s fairly warm today (mid-50’s) but the wind coming off the water can be chilly so you’ll want to dress warmly.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Berries on a myrtle.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  566)  A walk in the rain.  567)  Exploring more of the beach than we’ve been able to in the past.  568)  The crazy bluebirds and their crazy antics.  569)  Inner discoveries.  570)  An incredible 90 minutes of yoga and meditation this morning.

From today’s walk which was entirely on the property. It was a short walk (about 1.25 miles) partly because it was raining but mostly because I walked a lot on the beach yesterday and my legs requested a short walk today.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

24 thoughts on “A Monday meander: Love and place

    1. It is, Dale, but we manage to get out to see them every few months and that helps along with the marvels of modern technology. We Skype occasionally, and I’ve fallen in love with the Marco Polo app (a bit like a walky-talky with video). I can read stories to my grandsons or show them the beach or take them on my walks, and they can answer back with their own videos. 🙂

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      1. Thank goodness for modern technology, is all I can say! It has changed families’ situations in such a positive way. There are so many fabulous apps, aren’t there? 😀

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 Have fun in Cape May. Would you believe I’ve never been there? My husband and I keep talking about taking the Lewes Ferry over, but haven’t done it yet.

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      1. Thanks, Robin. I’m sure I’ll have photos and a post. It’s just a quick visit. I’ve never taken the ferry there, and I’ve only been to Cape May a few times. We took the girls to the zoo there a few times when they were little.

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  1. What beautiful skies you have shown us in this post Robin. The grasses also look so beautiful.
    Being far from loved ones definitely affects the way you feel for a new place. I am sure if they had been with you, you would have gotten used to it a lot quicker.

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    1. Thank you, Colline. 🙂 I believe that’s true. I keep coming up with “if I won the lottery” schemes to move everyone out here with us. I don’t play the lottery so it is unlikely I will win. lol!

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  2. Ah, such a restful post. Loving the winter textures in your photos.
    I can feel a shift in the air, the rain has brought warmer temps (it reached 50 today!) and I’m noting the progress of the sun, feeling warmer and setting later. Winter is shedding its skin!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 Winter is definitely shedding its skin! It’s like summer here this morning. Warm, humid, and the birds are singing up a storm (maybe literally — I hear there’s rain coming later).

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  3. Well here it is Tuesday afternoon and I’m just getting to your Monday meanderings. Lovely, as always. I agree, there’s always something beautiful no matter where you are and no matter the season. My favorite of these images is “Swirling.” I’m itching to get out with my camera here in AL, saw 3 different things that looked great on my way to Wallmart to return the steam cleaner this morning, but have too much to do here to wander just yet. Maybe by Friday.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 I love those grasses, too. I’m always amazed at how much the coloring of the wild ponies and the grasses match each other. The textures seem similar to me, too, although I’m pretty sure the horses are softer. I hope you get out and about soon now that you traveled to spring.

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  4. Your opening quote really gave me a lot to reflect on…”Love makes you see a place differently, just as you hold differently an object that belongs to someone you love.” This post has made me think about the places in my life and how love has made me see them differently.

    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful shots, by the way — my favorite one was the berries!

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