Ice and Snow

New England in winter is a land of ice and snow.  Sure, there’s all that other stuff here, but when you live here you’re always aware of these two things that encroach on your daily routine more than anything else.  Want to double or triple the time it takes you to get to the office?…

Red #2

Standing watch at the Mouth of the Merrimack River is Red # 2.  Red # 2 is a navigational buoy that rides out some of the most violent conditions on the East Coast.  Red # 2 is not as well known as MR, which is the first red navigational buoy on the approach to the…

Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter Bomb cyclones and polar vortexes, blizzard conditions and brutal cold.  That’s 2018 weather so far.  I think about the first settlers to this region when the weather gets like this.  Depleted food stores, meager heat thrown from the fire you had to feed all year to survive.  Threats from the native population that…

Fogtown

Fogtown A few weeks back, with time to kill before my flight home from Newfoundland, I drove to the top of Signal Hill and walked out to North Head.  Signal Hill offers stunning views of St. John’s Harbor and The Narrows, and East to the Atlantic Ocean.  It’s a place I’d love to linger at…

Alexander’s Map

Alexander’s Map A new year, and a new pursuit; this blog.  So why the name? Alexander’s Map is a rare map published in 1624 to encourage colonization of the lands granted to William Alexander.  The map gives an early, if inaccurate, glimpse at this region that I’m so fascinated with.  Alexander’s Map stretches from present-day…