Posted by: 2in10 | 07/02/2010


A few minutes after 5:00 AM on Wednesday, June 30, I walked the honeysuckle-scented boardwalk to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts. At almost ten minutes past five o’clock, a fiery pink sun rose from the sea. Aside from a lady in a pink sweatshirt who was also on the beach at sunrise the day before, I was alone.

I had watched that same fiery sun sink into Cape Cod Bay about 8 1/2 hours earlier. We are close to the summer solstice when the sun stands still, and then tilts toward the autumn equinox when the hours of daylight and darkness nearly match. That is close to the time of my birth, so perhaps that contributes to my love of balance, of having things be appropriate.

I was staying with a friend at her cottage overlooking Cape Cod Bay. The humidity and haze finally had broken and cool, dry air brought vivid colors to land, sea and sky.

Coast Guard Beach is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, 43,000 acres that include 40 miles of beaches, inland wilderness, and residential and commercial properties. President John F. Kennedy signed a bill to authorize establishment of CCNS  in 1961. 

Coast Guard Beach, according to the National Park Service  (, is one of the Top Ten beaches in America. I agree! Its softly sloping, pale beige sand, tall dunes, surf-quality waves, and wide sky are spectacular — if you get off the beaten path to experience them. 

In the house where I grew up, there were honeysuckle shrubs by the back door. The red, juicy berries attracted birds, but I loved the jasmine scent of the white, trumpet flowers. I rarely encounter honeysuckle now, so I welcomed its fragrance on my sunrise adventures.

Can you believe it’s July?



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