Almost Normal

Our favorite place to go in spring and fall is Plum Island in Massachusetts. We park the car in downtown Newburyport and ride our bikes out to and across the causeway to the island. First we go south and ride into the wildlife sanctuary. It provides a habitate for a variety of bird species. Then we go back to the north of the causeway to an area of vacation homes crowded together on the little island. We stop to pick up some sandwiches and then have a picnic at the lighthgouse at the northern end of the island. When we get back to our car, we celebrate with iced Chai lattes and cookies from a local shop.

We didn’t go to Newburyport or Plum Island in 2020. There were significantly more cases of COVID in Massachusetts compared to where we lived. The area can be crowded. But, the numbers are no longer that much different. My wife is fully vaccinated. I’ve had my first shot of the vaccine and am waiting on the second dose.

I made these photos yesterday with my iPhone. It was our first visit there in twenty months. Nothing fancy. Just a fun outting. We still had to wear masks in the downtown are and the shop where i bought lunch. But it almost felt normal. It certainly felt good.

32 thoughts on “Almost Normal

  1. Ashley

    Very nearly perfect too! You’re so lucky to have these places relatively close to home! The pictures of the beach and the sea are wonderful. Happier days are on their way! 😎😎🙏

  2. photobyjohnbo

    Beautiful place to visit, as I’d surmise by your photos.
    Yes, things are starting to appear “normal” again. We are finally spending time again with family and feeling good that almost all of the “oldsters” (me included) are fully vaccinated. Hopefully our cruise planned for February is another slice of normalcy.

  3. Nancy

    I’m so happy for you Chris! Life is slowly starting to feel normal again.
    What a beautiful area you got to bike around! And great shots as well.
    The fun in the sun is going to happen again… take care my friend.


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