When we visited Cabot Beach this past April, we were shocked to see the destruction of the sand dunes over the previous winter.
We planned to visit again in August to see if the dunes recovered.
Four months later, the dunes appear to be doing well.
The Marram grass has grown again, and there is no discernible path over the dunes this year. People are giving the grass an opportunity to establish.
Three months ago, my husband and I were on this beach for setting day, at the start of the spring fishery. The early morning fog was lifting as the boats passed the shore on their way to set their traps. The pillar buoy, just off shore, looked eerily suspended above the fog.
On this August day, that same buoy sturdily stands vigil over the narrow channel through the sand bars which parallel the beach.
On setting day, lobster boats were motoring through the channel as family and friends watched from shore.
This August day, mussel fishing boats are returning to port with their day’s harvest, while beach goers watch nearby.
On setting day, one dog accompanied his family to the beach.
During our August visit, we understand the meaning of the dog days of summer.