Good Harbor Beach: Inspiration for a New Story

More Treasures of Rt # 127

Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA

So what does an illustrator see when he comes across this; a home owned by a recluse ship captain who meet two kids that he introduces to a fat whale he got addicted to Mexican food. A whale whose belly is so big now it drags on the ground and when he farts at the end of the story he creates the tidal river you see in the photo above. Yes, inspiration and what results can be a little warped…

I admit that.

So this is Good Harbor Beach. It is just off of Rt # 127 in Gloucester. It is my favorite wrong turn. See Rt # 127 takes a hard left here without a stop sign, I used to always miss the turn and end up on the beach. Now I purposely miss the turn.

Besides the cool house, the beach is amazing because of this tidal river and how far out the beach goes during low tide. Also the next beach north, Long Beach, the tide runs right to left like a stone skipping as the surf breaks.

So go check them out one day; for now just check out these photos:

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Rafe’s Chasm


Now a lot of people come to Salem, MA, but they are really missing the boat if they do not venture any further north. A trip up Boston’s Gold Coast up Rt. 127 is a must see! A road filled with the Robber Baron’s mansions, castles, a windy road along the ocean, and many natural wonders.

On the midpoint on the road before it loops back on its self through Cape Ann is Rafe’s Chasm in Magnolia, a section of Gloucester MA. It is a huge red rock jutting out to sea with a chasm to right that fills up during high tide. It is my favorite place to sit on the ocean and do rock hopping. One section reminds me of some ancient boat ramp. This spot might hold some mysteries beyond is beauty alone.

During Hurricane Katrina the waves reached the top of this rock face that rises 3o feet from the water and beyond another 20 feet to crash halfway to the treeline. During most average storms, the water turns a beautiful green among the foamy wave crests. A definite to see.

Sometimes seals can be seen from here as well. Many times you will find a fisherman or two. On some occasions you will come across an old bonfire, something I need to do one day.

After your trip up Rt. 127, leaving Salem behind, take a stop at Rafe’s Chasm and see why tourists and locals have been coming here since the nineteenth century!

Chris Dowgin