Monday, July 23, 2012
A side of Boston I had never seen
It was a hot morning when we set off on a journey to Peddock's island via the harbor cruise shuttle. One interesting thing that started our day was when Professor Berman pointed out the large flock of seagulls milling about over a patch of water out in the middle of the harbor. He noted that it must be because they were hunting the striped bass that was swimming just below the surface, and that it is a great sign that the striped bass were back the waters of Boston.Our class was virtually the only ones on the island when we arrived, aside from the sea creatures we were to soon encounter. We made our way on a path on the left side of the island, past the buildings that were used as protection from the Nazi's as well as prisons for POWs at the turn of the nineteenth century. We eventually came to a very vast beach that contained many different kinds of terrains and animals. Our class first started our walk along the beach on a very pebbly beach as the tide was going down. Their were many small rocks, of all shapes and colors as well as many empty shells of periwinkles, of all different sizes. we had yet to encounter a living periwinkle. As we headed down the beach, further and further away from the dock we had arrived on, the pebbles seemed to turn into larger rocks, and the shells began to disappear closer to the oceans edge.
We made our way to George's Island where we waited for the boat back to the Boston waterfront. I went over in my head what I had seen, touched, explored and learned on Peddock's island, and it was much more then I bargained for. But also, it was much more then I would have learned from reading a book or googling the facts. I have lived in Boston my entire twenty years of living and have never explored the harbor islands (or underneath the docks) in any of those years. I eagerly look forward to what we will explore and learn next.