Harkness Memorial Park

With a slight yen for non-city seaside air, GV and I took a day out of a long holiday weekend and made our way to a beach in Waterford, CT (near brother-in-law’s home). The day would have been most excellent had it involved time in the water, but even though it’s the salty Atlantic Ocean, because it boarders the Long Island Sound, body-surfing waves are scarce, hence a drop of disappointment which quickly evaporated with several miles and hours of tranquil sandy beach foot-massage walking.

Donated by Mary Harkness to the people of Connecticut for their health and general benefit, the land was a 230 acre seaside farm/summer home (mansion), now a state park run mostly by volunteers.  Ms. Harkness and her husband purchased the land with the fortune her husband’s father made as a silent partner of (the famous) John D. Rockefeller.  Extensive beachfront should not be privately held, anywhere, so it sure was heady gesture of Harkness to bequeath the land back to the people.

Beside the sand and surf, the park provides lots of lawn, complete with plenty of large trees covering tables with delicious views of the sea.  Being by the sea was a welcome antidote to city rat-race, even, or especially during the 239th birthday of the USA.

looking into morning sunrise

looking into morning sunrise

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C snapped beaches for as far as you can walk

C shaped beaches as far as you can walk

abundant lawn for those looking for seaside grass

abundant lawn for those looking for seaside grass

a backside inlet perfect for wading among the sealife

a backside inlet perfect for wading among the sealife