A mid-week vacation day is the easiest. Oh, and you’ll need your resident beach sticker. We prepped our car with a picnic blanket for the seat, extra towels, and ice waters. Start early and grab a big “lobsterjack” breakfast because you’ll need the fuel. End late.
Let’s establish some base rules here.
First off, you need to spend at least 15 minutes at each beach. (You can tweak this a little if you want.) Next, you need to dive under. We suggest a ritual for each beach, e.g. ‘The Five and Dive’. Finally, you have to stop for ice cream and candy. Remember, you can do these beaches (or others in Gloucester) and jumps in any order. Be flexible for unexpected delays like staying at one beach for hours, or a friend asking you to drop off a sub (*cough* Joey *cough*). Most importantly, you have to do at least 13 beaches and 2 jumps in one day. Mind the tides. Be grateful we have so many choices.
The Beaches- partial list
Annisquam lighthouse. Coffin’s beach. Good Harbor beach. Long beach. Magnolia beach. Niles beach. Pavilion beach (by Beach Court). Pavilion beach bonus (by the cut). Plum Cove beach. Rocky Neck Oakes Cove beach. Stage Fort Park (1) – Cressy’s beach ( our alt. title ‘sea serpent’ big beach). Stage Fort Park (2) – Half Moon beach. Wheeler’s Point. Wingaersheek beach.
The Jumps- partial list
Annisquam bridge. Magnolia Pier.
*We do this challenge at least once each summer. Yesterday we started off with breakfast at Willow’s Rest and continued from there. Our timing was random especially as we spent hours at Wingaersheek. The second meal to get us through the day came from the sandwich counter at Annie’s by Wingaersheek. Yes, they have a sandwich counter.
Gloucester Beaches sandwich directory
Scenic spots for Gloucester’s beach swim lessons, part 1.
From Jeremy Nestor at the YMCA:
“Beach Swim lessons are offered at Niles Beach on Tuesdays and Plum Cove on Thursdays starting July 5th. The free to member classes give children the tools they need to be safe at the beaches this summer! If you are not a member do not worry. You can still register for the Beach Swim Lessons for $50. Ages 3-5 at 11:00 am and 6-10 at 11:45 am.”
Weekly sailing camp options for kids and adults are available from the City of Gloucester through the Cape Ann YMCA. I will add additional sailing options in a separate post.
From Jeremy Nestor:
“YMCA Sailing Camp is a great way to experience all the scenic views Gloucester has to offer from a boat. Kids will learn the essential to sailing and build skills to last them a lifetime. The Cape Ann YMCA partnered with the City of Gloucester to run this recreational sailing program. We also offer adult sailing lessons on Tuesday and Thursday evenings because you don’t have to be a kid to learn the fun of sailing!”
Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Tally’s crew, police, and especially Brendan Hendrickson who had the most undesirable job of being in the driver’s seat, the truck (with Maine plates) was pulled to shore without what appeared too much damage to the undercarriage.
I stopped this morning to take a snapshot of the lifting fog when the beach combing mom and her little boy came on the scene. For all the moms making wonderful memories for their children, Happiest of Mother’s Days to You!
Sunset from several nights ago, Bell House, Niles Beach
I only had my cell phone with and wish so much my movie camera was back from the repair center. He/she was fairly high up in the tree so it’s really not that bad for a cell phone camera. The hawk did not at all seem to mind my interest and stayed for a while before flying towards the Lighthouse.
Mandy Davis reports that Cape Ann S.U.P will deliver and pick up their paddle boards to Niles Beach!
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A sweetly random sign to come upon while walking our Rosie at Niles Beach this morning.
Love Niles Beach!
LOVE was found just below the high tide line, which makes me wonder how the letters stayed in place because a fellow dog walker mentioned it had been there for a few days. Whatever the case, thank you to whoever made it!
After a day of madly painting interior rooms, whipping our home into shape for the holidays, and for Liv’s upcoming wedding, I took a walk to get out of the paint fumes in what I had hoped would be a lifting fog. Instead of dissipating, around every bend in the road the fog became increasingly dense. Albeit beautifully atmospheric, I imagined how dangerous it would be to be aboard a ship in the heavy fog and wouldn’t have wanted for anything to be a sailor or fisherman yesterday.
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I went looking for the eclipse this morning Paul M. It was way too overcast (as you predicted), but the colors of the sky over Eastern Point, facing west, were very unusual, for sunrise. The panorama was taken at Niles Beach, in the direction towards where the setting moon would be, at around 7:15 this morning. Do you think the bright light and pinkish color in the sky is a reflection from the setting Blood Moon?
Last evening’s late summer sunset began quietly, in soft shades of coral rose and lavender blue. The sky’s light swiftly transformed to a riotous rainbow of super saturated hues.
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The Moolongz have now colonized earth. They are everywhere. This is a colony at Niles Beach in Gloucester. Whenever the Moolongz encounter a human that cannot see or hear them, they hover around that person, intently focusing these thoughts at them:
“You are a unique and unrepeatable miracle of creation, possessing all the power within you needed to create the most amazing version of your life that you can imagine. Have no doubts or fear; just know you were born for greatness, love, joy and every good thing your heart desires. Know it, believe it, be it, share it.”
The Moolongz are there beside you, loving you, encouraging you, and patiently waiting for the day when they hear you say:
“I see Moolongz”.
Can you see Moolongz?
Yesterday Our Twin BJ and Amanda celebrated their Sweet Sixteen Birthday! The day was AWESOME from start to finish! We spent the afternoon in Boston for a “Surprise Lunch” at The Top Of The Hub. Cousin Alison Ciaramitaro snuck up to our table at The Top Of The Hub to wish BJ & Amanda a Happy Birthday in person, she completely surprised BJ & Amanda. Their faces were priceless, …You Rock & we Love you! Then Uncle Joey successfully kidnapped and entertained the Birthday kids, so Barry & I could get to Niles Beach to be a part of the “ Big Surprise” with our family and friends. Thank You to all who helped pull off the Sunset Beach Surprise Party, My Mother Pat, BFF Dee Erwin Noble, Katelyn Foley, Craig Kimberley Brook & Barry Hallete, and Michele Donovan, For helping my mother set up at the beach. Thank you to all our Friends & Family from near and far for making BJ & Amanda feel special on their Sweet 16 Birthday! … We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all your love and support, we are truly blessed to have you all in our lives… BJ & Amanda were completely surprised, and had a wonderful day!
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Moolongz become very sad when they encounter humans who are not evolved enough to see or hear them, which is why they have decided to remain on Earth, to help humans evolve and become the joyful, fulfilled, abundant beings they were created to be. Soon many humans will begin to say: “I See Moolongz”, which Moolongz will be overjoyed to hear. Can you see Moolongz?