Are you up for the 13-2 Gloucester beaches challenge? 13 beaches. 2 jumps. 1 city. Go! #Staycation #safecation #Covid19

Covid-19 and summer brought an old post to mind. Reposting summer 2020; First published in July 2016.

 

Are you up for a Gloucester beaches challenge?

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 or quarries in Gloucester) and jumps in any order. Be flexible for different ages and 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

alphabetical order

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 did this challenge at least once each summer. (In 2016) 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

 

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Signs of the times creative families: Long Beach chairs drive-in movies plus giant beach jenga #CapeAnnCovid #outdoorfun

creative family Outdoor cinema and Beach Jenga-Long Beach evening_Rockport Mass_20200722_view from Gloucester Mass. end of Beach©c ryan

What movie would you play?

Scenes from a beautiful summer evening on Long Beach July 21, 2020.

Signs of the times | one way routes, sanitized pens, and on point placard Surfside Subs & pizza Long Beach #CapeAnnCovid #GloucesterMA

Local businesses adjust to Covid-19 reopening “new” normal.

Surfside Subs and pizza shop one way routes and sanitized pens and on point pizza box placard

 

Beach Day! New safety signs at Long Beach #RockportMA. Residents only at Good Harbor Beach #GloucesterMA

Scenes from Long Beach

views from both the Rockport and Gloucester ends at about high noon (tide heading out)

Cape Ann SUP is set up renting paddle boards and lessons at Long Beach by the Cape Ann Motor Inn, and the Cow Mobile Ice Cream Truck. Dominic is too modest to mention but we know that he keeps an eye out there beyond his clients and has rescued swimmers. The rip tide sign reflects the corner of the cove. There was a rescue covered in the Gloucester Daily Times this week, “Friends pull 5 from riptide“. Afterwards a lifeguard chair has been relocated closer to this side and a new sign added at the entrance.

 

Scenes from Good Harbor Beach

about 11 and again at 4pm

Happy Fourth! Flags and porches along the Long Beach boardwalk ‘Little Boulevard’

A ‘little boulevard’ – flags and porches, front cottages, Long Beach summer

and bonus red,white,blue thanks to glass fishing floats 

Kitesurfer maximized today’s wind advisory off Long Beach #RockportMA

This extreme sports enthusiast was out there a long time. I wonder how hard it is on the arms?

solo kitesurfer enjoying windgusts April 21, 2020 _Long Beach_Rockport_Ma, Gloucester_MA, Twin Lights © c ryan

 

 

(Meanwhile, it was so windy I had trouble holding my phone.)

How are you enjoying this 68°crazy warm winter walk weather?

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I didn’t notice yesterday but today, January 12, 2020, the ground smells like April. I found a sunny spot protected from the wind and stayed put reading outside, odd but nice. The former highest January temp on record was 62 degrees back in 1975.

The wreck of the lobster traps – Long Beach after the storm

Tangled lobster trap clots washed ashore after this week’s nor’easter, landing on the Rockport side of Long Beach between fire break #3 and the bridge to Cape Hedge. “Looks like a shipwreck,” people remarked.

 

The sand was stripped away from the riprap but the seawall is fine. The high tides did not swamp the wall or reach the street.

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Motif Monday: 3 Long Beach cottages off season construction

Side by side photographs: BEFORE (April 2017) / DURING CONSTRUCTION on the 8s (October 2019)  Stay tuned for After.

88 Long Beach

temporary barrier at 88 Long Beach front row cottage property_ former structure cleared_October 7 2019 photograph©c ryan

68 Long Beach

Behind 28 Long Beach

construction behind 28 Long Beach front row cottage_Oct 2019 photograph©c ryan