Back in Monday I referred to this ‘hidden gem’ I discovered earlier this year. I’ve lived around Lynn for more than a year and never discovered this incredible landmark within Nahant until this Spring. Nahant is a quaint, timeless island attached to the rambunctious atmosphere within the city of Lynn. Surrounded by the vast ocean, Nahant is where you slow down and notice the movements of nature.
Located at the end of Bass Point Road is Bailey’s Hill. Bailey’s Hill features park benches as well as a gazebo built near the ocean. But what really intrigued me about this park was the trail veering off to the right. And what I discovered at the end of the trail was something truly amazing.
#1 Following the Trail
With my backpack in hand, I stepped out to the entrance of Bailey’s Hill. I veered off to the right where I noticed this trail heading up north. The trail looked like it was inclining higher as you walked further along. What was this mysterious trail leading me to? How far would this trail go? Curiosity got the best of me, so I started walking towards the trail.
#2 Shrouded in greenery
Walking up the path, I am greeted by the shroud of greenery along the sides. Plants, branches, leaves, and flowers made their place in their neck of the woods. The sun is slowly waning in the sky, giving off its last jolt of light before taking off for the night. Shadows are swaying by the plants, hinting that natural darkness is yet to come. Light gave color to the plants and the darkness is creeping up to steal every inch of it.
#3 Twisted Tree Dancing
I took a small break when I noticed a unique group of tree trunks. These tree trunks were twisting upwards, soaring higher into the blue sky. Autumn’s foliage is shedding the leaves of their temporary color, only to have them fall to the ground before winter. Leaves are falling, yet twisty tree trunks continue to fly higher into the sky. It’s as if life within the tree trunks was still bursting. What strange symbol could be waiting for me next?
#4 End of the Trail
After wandering aimlessly through this curvy path, I stopped to look further ahead. There it was – just one last leg of the trail left. More plants and shrubs and trees greeted me near the end as I walked to where the cement met the dirt. Cement slowly thinned out near the ground as I entered through Nature’s path.
#5 Trees Hiding Surprise
As the path became more and more rugged, I knew that I was heading towards the end of my journey. I stumbled onto an area where huge trees stood their grounds. Looking past the growing trees, I noticed a crystal clear blue light shining nearby. The end is close!
#6 One Last Path
Wandering past the trees, I discovered the last path through the exit. One more small, narrow path leading me to a whole new area of Bailey’s Hill. The journey has been fun, but I was ready for what lied ahead in the end. What special area has this miraculous path led me to?
There it was – paradise. I reached the end of trail to catch one of the most beautiful sights ever. Clear blue ocean swirling, seagulls leaping off, the sky painted in hues of pink and orange.
I traveled quite far from my apartment, walking farther and farther away. In this land, there was no city. There were no cars or buses or restaurants or people or drugs or billboards. Instead, there was only LIFE – Life occurring to the very fullest.
Seagulls diving into the ocean for clams, barnacles sliding through the slippery rocks, sea salt swiveling around the tide pools, waves crashing ferociously every second. That right here is how life truly happens – not just for us, but for every living being on this planet. It’s not about you getting through that crappy job or searching for your soulmate; in reality, it’s about surviving every complexity life has to offer. What’s truly shocking about this conclusion is that man will never grasp full control of this so-called life!
When I reached closer to the ocean, I realized how small I truly was as I human being. All of those personal turmoil or sadness washes away into the sea because you stop to realize that you part of something so much BIGGER and GREATER than you ever could imagine. Those daily problems — collecting enough money for rent or getting through that project – seem completely and utterly superficial when you understand how many other living species are on this Earth. You are facing the same complexities of life, just like the barnacle sliding through the tide pool or the fish swishing around to avoid predators.
#8 Nature’s Reward
Even when I thought I have seen everything in this incredible area at Bailey’s Hill, it turns out to be even more magnificent. An orange glow was shining through just a few minutes after taking in the paradise in front of me. Not only did I come to the end, but the sun was just about to set. The sun was waning into the ground, casting silhouettes from the distance. Its orange glow reflected upon the choppy waters, streaming a path straight ahead.
Minutes passed and the sun was concealed from the silhouetted buildings. What was once a gold-orange sky was now becoming hues of pink and dark blue. Sunset was turning to twilight in just the blink of an eye. It was something you anticipated for, but at the same time its too overwhelming with beauty that you couldn’t believe what was happening. This was the instance where patience becomes the ultimate virtue in the end.
That marked the end to my adventure around Bailey’s Hill. From the leading trail to finding nature’s surprise, the whole experience was outstanding. This was something you had to discover for yourself, not read about it in some book or article. The spontaneity made the journey even more mystifying, prompting me to reflect back on my role as a human being here on this earth. It was one of those days where nothing mattered except this very moment. Walking through the trail, being greeted by shrubs, viewing the twisted trees branches – those small things made it that much more memorable.
In the end, the most exciting experience that occurs is the unexpected, spontaneous experience. It’s truly amazing because you don’t anticipate what happens, yet the fun part is diving head-first into the many surprises life has to offer. Wandering through the trail at Bailey’s Hill provides that experience every time.