... beaches I have known and loved
When I was a little girl growing up in East Boston, Mass. I, along with my sisters and friends, would walk to Wood Island Park to go swimming. There was a beach, a concession stand, bath houses and a hatch shell where there would be summer concerts. There was also a very large park and we would have picnics as well. That was in the past, because now, Wood Island Park was taken over by the Logan Airport and is now runway #52.
Author and daughter pictured. We then went to Revere Beach which wasn't as great because now we had to deal with the tides. High tide was good, but low tide was not. It meant a very long walk in order to wet your ankles. The only redeeming feature about low tide was that we could "dig" for sea clams. We didn't dig, but would walk on the flats and would be able to "hear" the clams close it's shell when we walked over it with our heels. Then it was a matter of bending over and scooping up the clam because it was so close to the surface.
After many years at Revere Beach, because my family purchased homes in Hull, Mass. we started to go to Nantasket Beach. This beach was only 30 miles from my home and since my family had homes there, we were able to make use of the facilities. This was not "a day at the beach" but more like a weekend or week at the beach. Nantasket beach is serviced by the M.D.C. but the Hull beach is serviced by the Town of Hull. New sand is shipped in every spring and the beach is cleaned every morning.
author's two sons.
There are no lifeguards at Hull Beach, but every mother, father and adult have an eye and ear for the children's safety.
August 6, 2004