New England Summer magic

There is nothing as golden, as delightful, as fleeting, as delicious, fragrant and precious as New England summers, and an ocean front July 4th with family and friends is the pinnacle of this!  Salt and sea, fresh food and tipsy drinks, walks down memory lane and rigorous construction of new ones to be told in the future, and the colors of the world - the ocean - the food - the sky, are all the ultimate treasures of summer, captured only by our eyes and minds.

A salty life ... is Always a good life

We are soaking up every bit of hot salty summer air and time on, under and in the ocean.  I feel so fortunate to be basking in summer after this winter that reminded us of all that New England can dish up!  It is wild to think that Cape Cod bay had ice bergs only months ago.  For all that I have have perpetual wanderlust, home right now is a pretty surreal and wild place itself, when you put all the seasons, nature and beauty together!

"And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. "
— President John F. Kennedy

"Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim."
- Tyler Knott Gregson, a wise poet from Montana

"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied..."
John Masefield, Sea Fever

The Questions we Ask!" Bruce Kirkby

I love LOVE this in all its simple explosive accessible wisdom, and his perfect kicker!

"It is the questions we ask...shape our path"

"What is adventure... I'm not so sure we know these days.
Movie and magazines all scream extreme, goretex suits and vertical routes. 
Foreign trips and big cliff hits. 
But that's not the heart of it.
Adventure is curiosity.
The willingness to embrace uncertainty, wondering about the possibility of doing just one thing differently than before."

Vacation Sweet Sweet Vacation

There are few things as sweet as a New England summer at the beach.

...wake up when it feels right.
Walk the dog on the beach, in pj bottoms, bikini top, coffee in hand, sunglasses on, greeting others doing the same.
Return home to complete the swimsuit and wash your face, grab some fruit.
Swim, maybe paddle.
Read some, but fall into naps often, let's be honest.
Eat ice cream or drink a beer.
Friends just show up, because they know they really can, and we all know we really love the place.
Make sure you always know the tide, are in, on or near the water, rarely go inland.
Walk and bike everywhere, drive only when absolutely necessary.
Go barefoot, never use a leash with the dog, always use a leash with your boards.
Watch the sun go down, the way the sea behaves at twilight, infinitely different each night.
See the stars come out and wind up.
Sneak down for a night swim when you like