Could someone please arrange it so the 4th of July is always on a weekend? Since the holiday fell on Saturday this year I (this is Tim writing) got a bonus day off. And bonus days off are made even better when the weather forecast calls for a perfect day. We knew we had to get out and explore, and since we’re surrounded by water, it only made sense to do some more kayaking. After checking out a few options we decided to take a four hour tour with North Shore Kayak out to Thacher Island. The tour wasn’t much more expensive then straight up renting for the afternoon, and we figured heading out into the open ocean with a group would be better than just the two of us.
North Shore Kayak is based out of the harbor in nearby Rockport, which is probably one of the most quintessential New England seaport towns you will ever find. A mix of fishing, lobster, and sailboats are all moored in the little harbor, and the surrounding streets are lined with tiny, weathered shacks containing all manor of restaurants, art studios, tourist crap, and, of course, a multitude of ice cream shops.
Thacher Island is a mile offshore, but two and a half miles from Rockport harbor. It took our group of nine kayakers plus two guides about an hour to reach the island.
Besides the fact that Thacher Island it is a wildlife refuge (and overrun by the biggest seagulls we have ever seen. They provide you with sticks to fight them off…I’m not kidding), the main draw of the island is that it boasts two identical lighthouses. Both were built in 1861, they stand 123 feet tall, and are constructed of granite.
The north lighthouse is no longer operational which means it’s open for visitors to climb. After trudging up all 126 steps to the top, we stepped out on the catwalk and took in the magnificent views.
Another fun day on the water. This kayaking thing is addicting. We just may have to get some new toys.