Sunday, February 17, 2013

Route 1A Mosaic

Route 1A, Rye, NH

New Hampshire has a short stretch of coastline and it is a wonderful for a joy ride any time of year.  This particular day was the day before Nemo struck with 2 feet of snow. The sea was calm and the day was clear. So clear it looked like the Isles of Shoals were close instead of 6 miles out.
source: Wikipedia

The Isles of Shoals is partly in NH and partly in Maine.  It was used by the native Americans for seasonal fishing camps.  John Smith sighted and named them in 1614.  Poet Celia Thaxter hosted an arts community and gardened there in the 19th century.   In 1813 there was a famous unsolved murder of two Norwegian women, Karen Christensen and Anethe Christensen.  Celia wrote about it and so did Anita Shreve.  I enjoyed her book, The Weight of Water.  It tells the story of the murder through Karen's younger sister Maren who hid in a cave to survive but it also has a modern day point of view told through a photographer who is working on a photo essay about the murders.  I recommend it.

Today the islands are used for research, tourism, religious retreats and wildlife.

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