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Glassy Sesachacha on June 13.

Tranquil Sesachacha

Ready to get out there on May 17.
Great landing spot!

Summer begins on Sunday, June 21. The summer solstice is finally here! Yeah! We made it through one of the worst, best to me, winters in more than 10 years and now the hot sunny days and warm ocean waves are ours at last.

But so are the crowds from America. We need them, I know, and they need us. But the crush of so many people swarming into the downtown, miles of traffic-clogged roads and the new Stop & Shop parking lot filled to capacity drives me out to the more remote parts of the island. Were I not busy launching my first ever business, well, in another week I hope, I'd be out paddling my new Wilderness Systems sit-on-top kayak on Sesachacha Pond because it's clear, warm, and there's almost no wind right now.

It's island-trite to describe this brackish pond as an undiscovered oasis or any other special spot on the Nantucket close to your heart where you escape to because it's over. The island's been discovered and all her little hiding places. But it is more than acceptable to say that a lot of the wilder places on Nantucket are just ignored. Sesachacha Pond is one of those places. Although I do see one or two people fishing from their skiff or kayak from time to time, this former kettle hole is a peaceful skim across the gentle ripples of solitude and relaxation for me. 

I love to paddle my kayak from the Polpis Road side of the pond where there is a dirt road leading down to the sandy edge of the pond over to the ocean side of the pond. If it's in the afternoon, I'll bring a light lunch, plenty of water and a towel so I can swim once I reach the Atlantic Ocean side of the pond. And if it's in early evening, maybe a bottle of wine and some crackers, and a towel. And hopefully, a companion.

I had hoped that my company would sometimes be my dog, Kismet, as one of the reasons I bought this kayak with its large capacity was so I could take her with me in it wherever I went because otherwise, she'd be at home sticking pins in her owner voodoo doll for leaving her behind. I was sure she'd want to ride along with me because several times while setting off on excursions from our place on Vinalhaven, Maine, she'd jump in the water to swim after me. However, when I tested my theory on a recent paddle across the pond, she ran as soon as she saw me coming for her. I ended up paddling around the pond about 200 feet off shore with Kismet running along the shoreline following my voice.

I love the stillness of the pond on early evenings like this and the ability of just getting away across the pond. Leaving everything back west behind me. Once on the other side, I paddle up into remainder of the channel cut into the beach where town opened this pond to the ocean in April and beach my kayak on the sand. 

It's sublime to take your time paddling back either during the sunset or once the stars and maybe the moon have come out. Because you'll never see a powerboat, Jet-Ski or ferry boat on this pond, you're totally at ease to take your time, enjoy the smells and the coming cool pre-night air wafting off the land over the pond and hear gulls, terns and ospreys calling. I'll be there soon!

To get to this launching spot heading along the Polpis Road toward ’Sconset, after Quidnet Road on the left and after a maroon concrete post on the right 345 in white letters on it, take the next left down this dirt road. If coming from ’Sconset, after the little scenic vista pullover spot, the next right down this road. Be careful going down it, as it's quite rutted and sandy.

Have a great paddle for me!