Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Staff Day at Spectacle!

During staff day on Monday, I finally made it out to Spectacle Island! While everyone tossed the football or Frisbee in the field below, I wandered up to the top of Drummond Hill, where I was rewarded with an amazing view of the Boston skyline and the sight of the sun gleaming on the harbor waters. The picture below doesn't quite do this experience justice, so I suggest you find a way to get out to the islands yourself, either with Save the Harbor's All-Access trips or using a ferry pass from the local library or discounted fare through DCR!

I was happy that we ended up at Spectacle because it gave me the opportunity to swim, which is my all-time favorite activity. The water was perfectly refreshing (though a bit saltier than I prefer) and it was great fun to chase after the floating disc of the Frisbee and pose for pictures with all the summer staff. We had plenty of food and a beautiful day to relax, explore, and enjoy one another's company.
It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago Spectacle Island was a flaming trash heap and the harbor waters were clogged with waste! The harbor has become such a special, abundant place to play, fish, and learn, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of Save the Harbor's outreach and education efforts. It's exciting to know that this ecosystem will continue to be a resource for Boston residents and visitors for years to come.

See you on the islands!
~Emily B.

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