Summer is for running on the beach, like this one on Cuttyhunk Island in the Elizabeth Islands of Massachusetts. I toured the entire island in a 1-hour jaunt that took me alongside beaches, marshes, cliffs, the town of Gosnold and the sparkling waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. It was a magical run in an unspoiled place.
Cuttyhunk has no cars, save a few trucks used for utility. Most of the 75 residents of Gosnold—which spans the Elizabeth Islands—and visitors to Cuttyhunk get around on foot or golf cart. As a runner, using my own two feet would do.
I arrived by sailboat with my husband and two of our friends who joined us for a four-day sail around the southern coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We rowed ashore—yes, rowed—in a little dinghy that came with our chartered boat. Folks on far fancier boats with large motorized dinghies giggled as we rowed by. We got lots of friendly heckles including a few shouts of “Rub a dub dub!” and “Row, row, row you boat!” We laughed along with them. That’s also what summer is for: laughing.
After the run, we splashed in the water by the beach and then walked back to our dinghy on the pier. What a magical way to spend a morning.
Running on vacation is one of my favorite ways to see a new place. And running on the beach is probably my favorite vacation run of them all.