Well, I needed rest and I got it. After an extremely warm, enthusiastic welcome from an old friend, Marjie, I was like a hibernating bear for a few days. She extended her hospitality and told me I could stay as long as I wanted, coming and going as I pleased. I didn’t know it, but I really needed to hear that as I had been feeling a forward momentum push and was rung out. She lives in Dover, New Hampshire, right near Portsmouth on the Atlantic Ocean. I sought my solace in ocean views of lighthouses, little islands and sea smells. I took three nights and crashed. Marjie had to work all the days, so I was able to sleep in and recharge my batteries. What a gift this was to a weary traveler.
My first night she took me to Newick’s Lobster House right on the bay and I had my first whole lobster. I named him Charlie and felt rather Spartan tearing him apart and ripping his limbs off. And what a mess, the bibs provided were needed as juice and shells shot off in all directions. Being a novice at the whole cracking the shell thing I made quite a jumble of it, but tried to keep it under control. I know now why they only serve the tail in most restaurants, it’s more civilized! But it was an experience one needs to have and I can cross that off the list. Not sure I need to do it again.
After sleeping in and lazing around catching up on emails and such, I took off to explore Portsmouth and find the water. I found myself at the town park and sat on the dock by the bay “watchin’ the tide roll away” reading a book and staring numbly at fish boats. The park was showing Top Gun that night on a big blow up screen and Marjie met me there and we watched as the moon rose and decorated the sky. I hadn’t seen Top Gun since high school, so it was all new again and fun to see all those glistening, male, naked, muscled chests in the moonlight.
I went to yet another beach the next day and had an even better view of another lighthouse. I napped, snacked, read, and did some watercolor painting until Marjie met me there with a pizza. Such a great do nothing, relaxation day. I feel ready to meet more highways, new towns and people now. The respite to do a lot of nothing sure was lovely.
I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
Then I watch them roll away again, yeah
I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay