A Day Out//Harkness Memorial State Park


Summer is almost over. Soon the days will be getting cooler and school will be back in session. One more day of walking a beach, collecting sea glass, and listening to the waves seemed necessary. We went to Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford, CT. It is a park we have visited many times over the years but we never tire of it. The park has gardens, a mansion, and a beach on Long Island Sound. No swimming is allowed on the beach but that was fine with us. We were happy to putter around taking photos and paddling in the waves.




We didn't visit all the gardens because Celia was very anxious to get down to the beach. A Tuesday morning is not exactly a prime beach visiting day so we had it pretty much to ourselves. There were a few mothers with their small children happily building sandcastles, some older couples ambling down the shore, and a small group of artists very involved in painting the ocean view but that was it. We were free to imagine that the mansion was ours and we had simply wandered down for a gentle stroll before lunch.




There is something so soothing about a beach. The rhythmic sound of the crashing waves drowns out the worries we all carry around with us. The sun, the sand, and the search for the perfect shell or rock return us to childhood. For a little while, we are happy and at peace.



Eventually, hunger drove us out in search of clam chowder and french fries but we had seashells in our pockets and salt spray in our hair to remind us of one last summer day.

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  1. What a beautiful place to have a day out, great photos and wonderful flowers. I have a lot of sea glass that I've gathered over the years, meaning to do something arty with it - some day!

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    1. We have a jar we keep shells and sea glass in. It looks pretty but I never thought of doing anything arty with it.

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  2. Sounds like a lovely, soothing jaunt! We went canoeing on the Shenandoah this past weekend, and it was similarly a happy way to finish out the summer.

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    1. Canoeing on the Shenandoah sounds lovely as well. My kids keep going back and forth about buying kayaks and I am secretly cheering them on because then I can use them!

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