Thursday, May 22, 2008
It only took me four hours, three crying spells and five gnawed fingernails to load this photo. Seriously. I actually had no intention of writing about Wolftrap Light today...but the pictures I wanted to load would not do so. I have to save my sanity wherever possible.
My children and I, determined to enjoy a crisp, clear 70-degree, humidity-free day (which occurs around here exactly this often: NEVER except for today), decided to go back to Haven Beach, also known as Old House Woods, also known as the haunted beach.
Never mind that. For reasons unclear to me, and for the first time in history since the Jamestown Settlement, Haven Beach was closed to the public. Closed! On the one perfect day of the year.
Determined not to let this get to me, even though inside I was seething and ready to write to my senator, if only I knew who he was, I said, "That's O.K. We'll just go to Bethel Beach." Right! Bethel Beach.
The drive to Bethel Beach entails I have no idea because I can't tell you how to get to Bethel Beach from the Haunted Beach. In fact, I can't really tell you how to get to Bethel Beach from anywhere because I always forget the one route. Also, many miles of Mathews back roads are involved. Mathews back roads all look the same: long, windy unmarked roads with lots of trees on either side. The end.
What I can tell you is after much hand-wringing in the back seat by my son, who knew darn well his mother did not know where she was going, despite her proclamations to the contrary, we arrived at a public beach. Not Bethel Beach, but one close enough to it.
Now that you're asleep, I can tell you that I have been to this beach before. It is exactly between the haunted beach and Bethel Beach and if you look in the photo above, which looks out onto the Chesapeake Bay, just in the upper right corner is a place known as Wolftrap Light.
Based on how far off track this post has gone, I will save the story about Wolftrap Light for another day. Or, on second thought, realizing there's really not much story left to tell, I will say this: Wolftrap Light is not the stuff you see in the right hand corner, although it is located in the right portion of this picture. Wolftrap Light is a lighthouse so far out into the bay on the right that you cannot see it in this picture, although you can see it from the beach.
Someone recently bought Wolftrap, and I cannot imagine why. It would be just like staying or living on some offshore rig with nothing but deep water and horizon in every possible direction.
Sort of like a wolf caught in a trap. Only the wolf is in the middle of the bay. With no decent food, no drinkable water, nothing to do and no decent internet connection.
Almost like living in Mathews....