Monday, July 16, 2012
A lesson, a swim and relaxation at Peddocks Island,
Good Evening all,
The class only keeps getting more interesting, the third and the best day started ideally in a serene, sunny blue sky over the Boston harbor with a warm weather but very tolerable. We left Long wharf at 8:45 and arrived at Peddocks Island around 9:30 after ferrying a second time via a water taxi from Georges Island.
A young and happy ranger pleaseantly greeted us at the dock, then briefly spoke about the history and the present condition of the island. Archaeological evidence confirms that Native peoples traversed the drumlin hilltops now forming Peddocks Island almost 6000 years ago. In fact the oldest skeletal remains thus far found in New England are from Peddocks. Peddocks is named after Leonard Peddock an English "planter"in the ill-fated 1622 Hingham Bay Wessagusetts colony. The island was proposed as a Praying Indian detention camp in the 1675 King Phillips War which ethnically cleansed the Massachusett Indian tribe from existence at the hands of English Purtian settlers.
The Boston Harbor islands are glacial drumlins, Peddocks Island was created between 100,000 and 15,000 years ago when glaciers moved across the region. Deposits of glacial till beneath the ice were left behind as elongated hills when the glaciers retreated.
We wasted no time and we began walking from the newly renovated visitors center toward the coast leading all the way to Prince's Head. Professor Berman good to his traditions encouraged us to observe, study and look for anything that looked unusual, I noticed some red-berries which are eatable. After a 10 minutes walk we finally arrived at the beach overlooking the Quincy Bay and Hull to the left or the north-east. The beach was rocky, typical of most New England beaches. The beginning of the beach was comprised of small rocks and lots of pebbles which were formed by the introduction of Periwinkles by the French ( a French ship was burned in the 16th century by the natives and its crew enslaved).
The introduction of this invasive specie forever changed the coast of New England including Peddocks Island. We found razor clams, small and large clams, blue mussels, broken glass from the 1940's.
However when we got to the end of the beach, where it is comprised of large rocks, stones and few pebbles, living organism increased. we found plenty of crabs and seaweed. We took a lunch break around noon. I ate my protein bar which was enough to quite my hunger, I was sitting next to Professor Berman who had a full picnic bag, he kindly offered everyone chicken, bread, cheese and iced water. Being mad about cheese, I could not turned him down as he had one my favorite spread French cheeses, The delicious Garlic Boursin, once again many thanks. the highlight of the field trip was the swim in the bay, I tremendously enjoyed it, again this was possible because of the Clean Water and Air Acts and the campaign to clean the harbor.
Thank you all and I wish everyone peace, health, happiness and success.
See you next week, which I am very much looking forward too.