Rock that Beach

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Both Hampton Beach and Salisbury Beach live up to their names in spades, with miles of walkable beach with hardly a speck of seaweed to smoosh your foot upon. No shells or sea glass either. Cottages line the beach and while Hampton Beach provides a mini Wildwood, NJ along the street, Salisbury offers the requisite cheesy liquor stores, fried dough and pizza joints.

The main drag by Hampton Beach

The main drag by Hampton Beach

Remember this Coppertone sign?

Remember this Coppertone sign?

Newburyport proved a lovely surprise and only a ten minute drive down Rte 1. Located on the Merrimack River, it is welcoming to boaters, walkers, shoppers and diners. The attractive waterfront is easy to enjoy; the younger set taking selfies and the older crowd wishing they could.IMG_1538 (800x600)

closed at 8pm but looks like a good place

Well if that isn't Not Your Average Joe's across the street

Well if that isn’t Not Your Average Joe’s across the street

On our must-do list was fried clams at Woodman’s of Essex, MA and lobster pizza at Atlantic Pizza Co. in Rockport, oh and find a beach with sea glass.

Bonus finds were the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Russell Farms, Crane Beach, Halibut Point Park and great sea glass at Loblolly Cove in Rockport. On our way in to Rockport we’d scoped out two likely sea glass beaches; Pebble and Loblolly. Pebble lived up to the name; loaded with smooth multi-sized rocks and pebbles large and small. Nary a shard of glass nor an unbroken shell. But I knew I’d hit pay dirt, aka sea glass heaven, at Loblolly. A man about our age was walking the beach, head bent down and I figured he lived nearby and knew the beach offered something to beach combers.

Loblolly Cove, Rockport

Loblolly Cove, Rockport

He asked what I was looking for and his response was, “I beat you to it.” So you think. He told me that he’d “mined this beach” for years, using the glass to fill lamp bases and other containers to give as gifts. The corner would be the best spot. We started at the corner and worked our way around through the larger rocks with pockets of coarse sand nestled in between, every spot with sea glass. I added a new color to my collection; yellow.

On the site of former ship building company

On the site of former ship building company

Russ says, "we had one of those."  The old geezer!

Russ says, “we had one of those.” The old geezer!

 

101 yrs old- Woodman's is on the "list" of things to do b4 you die

101 yrs old- Woodman’s is on the “list” of things to do before you die

Russ and his farm

Russ and his farm

oh ya soooo good

oh ya soooo good

careful now, rung by rung

careful now, rung by rung

This talented mother hen made her way slowly down the ladder. The farm offered PYO and the raspberries we picked tasted divine.
The day after our sojourn to Essex and Ipswich Massachusetts we visited Rockport. You can check the link above for why we loved it so much the first time. You won’t be surprised to hear we had to have another lobster pizza! Nor that one of us visited Beadles Bead Shop. 🙂

Lobster loaded pizza at Atlantic Pizza Company

Lobster loaded pizza at Atlantic Pizza Company

A luscious lunch followed by irresistible ice cream didn’t pile on guilt because the next stop was Halibut Point Park, the site of a former granite quarry. The visitor center was closed for repairs so we didn’t get the full scoop on dates, process or volume. From the looks of it, the cut granite was hauled down to the water and loaded on a schooner or barge to be delivered throughout New England.

Granite quarry at Halibut Point Park

Granite quarry at Halibut Point Park.  This is only one half of it.

 

Is she longing for the sea?

Is she longing for the sea?

the arch has been invented!

the arch has been invented!

Saturday the temp hit 87 and we joined hundreds of other escapees at, can you believe it?? The beach!! Yep, loaded with beach gear, what little we have, we spent 2 ½ hours at Salisbury State Beach. The state park campground there has 481 sites and is so popular that even 5 mos ago booking a week’s stay wasn’t possible.IMG_1598 (800x593) Luckily our site at Pines Camping less than two miles up the road is mostly moderate shade and that allows the air conditioning to take the morning off and work like crazy in the afternoon. Monday, Annie and crew would head NW away from the coast to…??

site 136A Pines Camping

Our site 136A Pines Camping

 

 

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