Yesterday, I went up to Salem, MA to spend the day with my friend Nic. It has been unseasonably warm for December in New England lately, with daily temperatures getting up to 60 degrees. I hate the cold, so I am not one to complain about the warmer weather! Since it was so nice out, and there wasn’t much of a breeze either, Nic decided we should go to the beach. So off to the beach we went!
He took me to Crane Beach, located in Ipswich, MA, which is about 20-30 minutes from Salem. Crane Beach is a huge beach and conservation area, that has 5.5+ miles of hiking trails, a huge shoreline, and the largest pitch-pine forest on the North Shore.
Because it was December, we figured there probably wouldn’t be too many people at the beach. Boy were we wrong. There were a LOT of people at Crane Beach yesterday, enjoying the unseasonable weather. Most of the people that were at Beach Crane yesterday brought their dogs with them. There were so many just running around everywhere! We would be walking along the beach and some random dog would just happily jaunt over and be like hey, and then would jaunt off to somewhere else.
Once we got farther down along the beach, there weren’t nearly as many people. We probably walked a mile and a half down that side of Crane Beach before we decided to turn around. While walking there we found some random wooden posts sticking out of the ground and a row boat submerged in sand. There were also a lot of shells along the beach, and we came across one huge one that was still alive right along the shoreline.
On our way back to where we started, the sun started going down so we were able to watch the sunset. We continued walking a little further down the other side of Crane Beach as well, and noticed 3 different groups of people that even took their horses out to the beach. One of the groups even had their horses wade into the water a little bit. I’ve never seen a horse on a beach before, so it was pretty cool to see quite a few different people riding theirs along the beach.
AND THEN as we were finally walking to the parking lot, we were almost at Nic’s car and noticed a few people standing along the the parking lot, close to the sand dunes. There was a tree in the sand dunes all isolated, and a snowy owl was perched on one of the branches. This is the second time I’ve ever actually seen an owl in the wild, and I’m pretty sure it was the first time I’ve ever seen a snowy owl ever. I seriously felt like I was in Harry Potter. It was just surprising to see it because it was still kind of light out.
Nic and I only stuck to walking along the beach, but I would definitely love to go back here again someday to check out the hiking trails along the sand dunes, and other attractions at Crane Beach!