During my morning nature engagement, the thought came to me, why do I always search for the known views; why do I always go to the same majestic views of wind, sand, and ocean? Why not explore more? Why not drive further? Why not accept a challenge to find more than sand on the beach?
The inspired drive took me to Sandy Hook National Park, beyond the beaches to the historic Fort Hancock. Usually, I turn at the base where the natural forest pulls back to reveal the miniature eclectic settlement of historic houses, marine research labs, quaint firehouse, and regal lighthouse. The only time I would venture further was when I was in search of a sunset to photograph- there is a perfect place nestled between the park and the row houses where the sun dances a near rhythmic ballet set in orange hues that mirror cinematic fantasy in serene tones.
A drive into the settlement yields views of the historic homes once inhabited by Generals and their families. Behind the homes is a beautiful lighthouse sitting watch over the calm and gentle military village. Venturing further were sights of a forgotten war zone – one where the guns, walls, and cannons that once protected the nearby shores were abandoned and are a reminder of what happens to all things unkept.
Searching beyond the sand are roads less traveled — yet stocked with treasures for the taking. A view of history.
A view of security. A view of peace. A view of nature untouched by humanity’s calamity. A view of life on its own terms.
With the rise of the pandemic crisis, we are traveling roads we may have never traveled; we are learning to navigate through uncharted waters. Bonding closer with friends, family and our resilient worldwide community of mankind. We have seen much, given much, we will overcome and recapture treasures in the simplicity and beauty of living a re-defined, re-energized, and more appreciated life.