Weekend Road Trip: Plum Island, Massachusetts

Plum Island


Plum Island is located in the northeast corner of Massachusetts, near the New Hampshire border. The island got its name because of the large number of beach-plum bushes that grow abundantly, all over. Local folks make jellies and jam from the tiny plums.

The Parker River, at the mouth of the Merrimack River (one of our favorite kayaking spots), separates the island from the mainland.

A thirteen mile bike ride through the Parker River National Wildlife Reserve provides for some wonderful scenery and bird watching. Some of the birds that can be found hanging out in the salt marshes are: plovers, redwing blackbirds and kildeer to egrets, gulls, great blue herons, and occasional snowy owls or ospreys.

The refuge is truly a peaceful place.

A short walk over the dunes takes you to the ocean.

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Yesterday, I was interviewed by publisher Ben Leroy of Bleak House Books.

You can listen to the Podcast here: