It was such a full day that I feel like blathering tonight.
No facts, no study, no research – just my impressions.
I have been working in Haverhill for the last few months. And what I see around that city (which is a whole lot better than Lawrence & Lowell) doesn’t make me happy. I had a blowout a few weeks ago and was forced to be on a donut tire for a week until I could get it into the shop. Instead of taking 495, I took going through Archie’s home town. Ugh, everything was so ‘not right’’ – and then I finally pull into Newburyport via Route 113 and yes, it’s Storey Avenue, but it feels like a breath of fresh air crossing the border.
And tonight I was going down Water Street – and there it was! (and thankfully still is), our breathtaking harbor. How can it not bring a sense of awe and pleasure to pass by and see that?
And since the Hines Bridge is now open, I have the best commute to work. Early in the morning, I drive down to Water Street and head West. Passing through the beautiful Downtown, I continue on to Merrimac, pass the Rum District and the lovely Towle Building. I continue on thankful that it is so dark I can’t notice the ugly anti-historic preservation sign in the Ship Building District. At the border of the Newburyport Historic District, I pass the Dreadnaught Memorial. I then make it to outside Moseley Pines and then over the magnificent Chain Bridge and lovely Spofford House on Plum Island.
And it gets even better!
I pass into the Point Shore Neighborhood that is absolutely breathtaking and past the Lowell Boat Shop and the Union Congregational Church. I then turn left and drive by the Hat Factory turned partially into condominiums.
I go up the hill and turn right and then left onto the ramp for 495.
Overall, it is a stretch that is one, if not the most beautiful site in the Commonwealth.
And I get to enjoy it every morning all by myself!