Without warning, it’s suddenly our last night on Monomoy. Tomorrow, we break down the cook tent, pack up the guest tents, and start the move out. Continue reading “Last Night on Monomoy”
Sorry, folks, but this post doesn’t have much to do with Monomoy. It has a lot more to do with current events, flashbacks to my third grade self, and readjusting to life in a place where the people outnumber the birds.
It’s about 10:30 at night on a Thursday, and from the Chatham Light parking lot, we can see about a dozen floating lights wandering around the foggy beach down below. Continue reading “Pokémon Go!”
I love the colony.
I know that if you read my last post, you might think that I don’t care for, dislike, or even hate the colony. It’s noisy, sandy, inconvenient, and smells bad. It’s kind of like a city, and it’s the contrast with the peace and solitude of the rest of the island that makes it great.
The most exciting day of the week: getting back to land and having people look at you like an alien as you leap from the boat into the shallows, covered in days of sunblock and tern poop, harsh tanlines, and carrying your life in a soaking wet pack.
The walk from The Colony to the Monomoy Light is about an hour and a half- it depends on how fast you walk, which route you take, and how much good stuff you find washed ashore along the way. Continue reading “From Lighthouse to Lighthome”
If you eat your raisins in the dark, you can’t tell how many ants you’re eating.
Living on a desert island, “island time” takes on a whole new meaning. You know how people have “Relax, you’re on Island Time” signs hanging on the walls in their vacation houses? Monomoy takes that concept to its logical conclusion, further amplifies it by a factor of isolation, and then subtracts electricity and running water to achieve Monomoy Standard Time. Please adjust your clocks accordingly.
Although it’s been almost two months, it’s taken some time to get this project off the ground. But here begins the Notes from Monomoy, a collection of photos, videos, stories, and thoughts from the life of a field technician living on Monomoy Island.