It's one thing to know in your mind that Boston Harbor, once a sewer and source of shame for our city, is now home to the cleanest urban beach in the country--something only possible because of the actions of thousands of people over multiple decades and a $5 billion public investment in the Harbor itself. It's another thing all together to stand on the deck of the "Freedom" and see proof of that in the form of dozens of porpoises diving (or porpoising) through the water, and harbor seals circling our boat. And the only thing better than seeing it with my own eyes for the first time? Hearing the literal "oohs", "aahs" and giddy gasps of excitement from over 200 people as they see it with their own eyes for the first time.
And this all happened on a chilly, rainy Saturday when most people would have looked out their window and opted for a cozy day at home.
|Smiling through the rain|
|I swear that's a seal . . .|
If I'd had any doubt before, I was sure then I was in the right place.