Every time I arrive at a place I have not visited before I can’t wait to get out, camera in hand, to explore the country side. My first visit to Massachusetts was no different, and I was especially fortunate that my host Glenna and her friend Marlene had made a plan for a driving tour of Duxbury and area for Sunday afternoon.
After a drive through a posh neighborhood with historic mansions we briefly stopped at this beach access where families and individuals were launching kayaks and canoes.
Our next stop was at a small park with wonderful vistas all around.
Beach Plums in the foreground, gentle waves lapping at the beach – what more could one hope for on a sunny Sunday afternoon?
The park was quiet and a small pathway invited for a relaxing walk to explore the plantings and water views.
A quiet corner with weather beaten trees and rocks provided some welcome shade.
This gnarled tree became a focal point for me and I soon walked over to take a closer look.
I love the contrast of the dark branches against the cloud dappled sky.
Near the exit these Wisteria seed pods were well hidden behind lush leaves.
This historic mansion once belonged to the local ship builder King Ceasar. These days it is part of a historic home parade which opens to the public on set days throughout the year.
From the town of Marshfield we soon made our way across Powder Point Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in the United States. It connects the mainland to the six mile long local beach.
A great view of the bridge we had navigated only moments ago.
Local residents have parking privileges and we found a convenient spot close to the boardwalk leading to the beach which part of the Cape Cod Bay region.
Duxbury Beach view to the north…
…and the view to the south. I could not resist to take my shoes off and dip my toes into the Atlantic.
Our next stop was Standish and the homestead of Captain Miles Standish who settled here immediately adjacent to the water.
What a glorious view. I wonder if it has changed significantly since Captain Standish claimed this choice spot.
I wonder who walked along this beach close to the Standish homestead site?
I did not get much time to ponder this question. We were soon back in the car heading back to Plymouth where a sunset harbor cruise was on the agenda. Check back soon for images of that great experience!