Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cape Ann

Good book: The Last Fish Tale by Mark Kurlansky. It's about Gloucester, MA, a fishing city 10 minutes from Gordon College and my sister. This is a great history of Cape Ann. I have personally climbed on two of the rocky areas shown with sketches in the book - the Bass Rocks:
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The view in the book is looking from the rocks out to Thatcher Island and its twin lighthouses. I can't pinpoint the exact location. The other location is on Wingaersheek Beach on the north side of the cape. The view in the book is from the base of the big rock piles on the right looking towards the rocks on the left.
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While I'm on the subject of Cape Ann, a few other cool places:
Rockport, a neat touristy fishing village on the tip of Cape Ann. The main peninsula is Bearskin Neck, a lovely tangle of shops and fishing shacks. The larger squarish projection out from its bottom holds the famous Motif No. 1:

In the middle of Bearskin Neck are Top Dog, with very cool and unusual hot dogs - mac-and-cheese on a hot dog, anyone? - and Helmut's Strudel, the best pastry I've ever had. Next to the tiny parking lot at the tip is a 20-foot seawall, easily climbable. The greyish and green peninsula on the right side of the image is the Headlands, with lots of climbable rocks. Somewhere down from that is the house where the first transatlantic cable came ashore.
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At the very tip of Cape Ann is Halibut Point State Park - the closest point in the US to Spain and therefore to mainland Europe. The big pond is an old quarry. Granite was mined in a failed attempt to make a breakwater offshore to make Rockport in to a big shipping port.
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The breakwater can be seen offshore:
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There's also an old WWII artillery spotting station, intended to protect Boston in the event of a German invasion. It's now a mini-museum, with a 16" Artillery shell as big as me in the lobby. You can go up about 20' in the tower.
For a better picture of the pond and tower: go here
And finally, Gordon College, current locale of my awesome sister. It was founded in 1889 by Adoniram Judson Gordon, named after missionary Adoniram Judson (Gordon's name is thankfully abbreviated as AJ). It moved to the Fens in 1919 to about 1500 feet of Fenway. In 1950, it moved again to the small town on Wenham. It's a small nondenominational Christian College with about 2000 undergrads.

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See! An informative and interesting post with nada about rockets!

4 comments:

mandachan said...

sorry, was being immature again. at first when i saw the baseball link thing i thought of mr. #4 royals third baseman awesomeness :D

mandachan said...

wow, that's 2 baseball-related immaturities in one: the whole gordon college thing (sorry, i don't think i'll ever get over that) and the fenway thing. except i didn't pick up on the fenway thing until i read it the second time)
and why were you up at 2 in the morning? *shakes head*

The EGE said...

Because I can! I was up till three reading Devil Bones.

mandachan said...

you have no life.