The allure of Greenwich Point

Over the weekend, I received my Greenwich Point parking pass in the mail and, as I scraped off my yellow 2013 parking sticker and replacing it with the black and white 2014 pass, I was reminded of how close summer truly is.

But these thoughts didn’t just involve how fast time was moving, because getting my brain drifting toward summer was also an excuse to focus on one of my favorite parts about it — my morning runs around the Tod’s Point jogging paths.

So, suddenly inspired, I decided to visit my summer stomping grounds. Taking advantage of the final few days of the December 1-March 31  period during which leashed canines are allowed at the Point, I took my dogs for a walk on my usual running route.

Even though the temperatures were below freezing, the sea grass dead and the boats shored, the scenery was still soothing and it was revitalizing to be outdoors. I even began to regret that I had not taken advantage of this special space during the winter months.

While walking my dogs on that blustery day, I realized for the first time how lucky I am to live on the coast and I do not know if I ever want to live away from the water. My interest in the ocean escalated about a month ago when my mom, who grew up in a sailing community in Massachusetts, dragged me and a friend to a lecture at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed aquanaut Jacques Cousteau, was the guest speaker and he explained to the audience the premise of his Mission 31. During his Mission 31 expedition, Cousteau and his fellow aquanauts will live underwater for thirty-one days to observe the biodiversity below sea level.

Though I felt a little out of place in a crowd of mostly experienced scuba divers and Marine biology majors, I nevertheless was able to take away a few lessons from the lecture. First, I learned that even though over 70% of the Earth is water, over 95% of the oceans are undiscovered. Not only are oceans not being properly protected, but we are probably overlooking valuable resources in the ocean as well.

The details of Cousteau’s Mission 31 were beyond my (nonexistent) knowledge of underwater exploration. However I was able to gauge how important it is to protect the environment-both the land and less-traversed ocean areas. As somehow who enjoys Tod’s Point for its beauty in all seasons, I realize that it is critical to keep that area clean.

Having participated in Greenwich Green and Clean-organized beach cleanups, I know that there are active members in the Greenwich community helping to preserve Tod’s Point. But now more than ever I understand the necessity to help in the preservation of Greenwich Point so the sands will continue to shine for future generations.

With my 2014 parking pass securely affixed to the windshield of my car and a new beach pass on order, I am more ready than ever to resume my summer runs at the Point, but, I am also eager to become an active participant in helping to preserve the Sound that makes Greenwich Point the allurement it is.

 

Maggie Carangelo is a senior at Greenwich Academy. 

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