Jul 14, 2008

The Spit Off Robins Island

The spit off the north end of Robins Island extends over three thousand feet, more so as the tide lowers. The cove created by the spit and the island is a favorite spot for boats to anchor in the island's lee protected from the prevailing southwestern winds. It is shallow along the spit making it a good place to swim and play and discover shells. Sometimes boats will raft (tie themselves together stern to stern, prow to prow) so that one can go from boat to boat to visit and see what's cooking, literally as well as figuratively, and especially if you need to wet your whistle and have come up short on your own, barely forgivable but it does happen. It's fun to walk the length of the spit as some low areas are covered by water that necessitates wading. As you near the island proper you will encounter signs allowing you to go no further as that area is prime piping plover nesting ground. Robins Island and Plum Island are the only two islands around that you dare not walk on at all, not up to the high tide mark as you can elsewhere. Robins is a habitat refuge and Plum is a bio-containment level three research facility. Both are patrolled.

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