papa’s beach (low tide)

I’ve been thinking about maps a lot lately because Doodle is seriously into Winnie-the-Pooh and wants me to look at the map of the “100 Aker Wood” about a thousand times a day so that he can show me the Bee Tree. So, I was in a mappy frame of mind when we visited one of our favourite beaches today. If asked what he would like to do at any given moment, Doodle will most likely want to go to “Papa’s Beach,” named by him after an apparently memorable trip there with one of his grandfathers. I’m pretty sure that there’s treasure buried on the island, but I haven’t been able to look for any because the island is closed until the fall because it’s a heron and egret nesting area.

Woah! Get THIS! So, I had never been on the site for this beach before, but just went to check for the date on which the island opens up again (Aug 31st, fyi), and it turns out that Captain Kidd is “reputed to have buried his treasure on the island in 1699”!!! I knew it!  I hope he didn’t disturb any egrets.  In equally exciting Papa’s Beach island news: apparently that is no ordinary sandbar, but rather a tombolo. It seems as though I have some changes to make to this drawing!

hammonasset beach

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One of the best things about our recent move to New England is that we have local access to the ocean. (Apparently, you’re not really supposed to call the Long Island Sound the ocean, but it fulfills my ocean expectations, so I’m happy.) Doodle and I have been taking advantage of this, and will spend hours walking the boardwalk, chasing seagulls, finding cool rocks/seaglass, poking at jellyfish, digging in the cold sand, and running away from the waves. The beaches here have an interesting combination of sand and smooth stones. Doodle loves to find a nice stoney section and stand on the rocks right where the water comes in around them, but not over them. Then he’ll throw stones into the water until I finally drag him away crying. It’s very hard for me to later explain to him that he can’t throw the stones that we brought home in the house. Because we moved here last fall, we have only come to know and love the off-season beach. I have a feeling that an afternoon at the beach won’t be quite as relaxing come summertime!