Where We've Been and Where We're Going. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

December 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

A physical and temporal way marker

Low Tide at Snug Harbor Lighthouse

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People in Rhode Island hold to the old village technique of measuring where one is from. The second metric is how long they have been there. These are important factors in Rhode Island life.

Me? I have been all over the state. I grew up in Warwick (Warwick Neck to be specific). But I sailed all over Narragansett Bay. Many times, I ventured outside of the bay to other areas. I was a child of Narragansett Bay as much as I was a child of Warwick Neck. My perspective became different from most Rhode Islanders around me.

So, on a Fall afternoon walking from Jerusalem at low tide, I use a lighthouse to recall my young adventures. This is the place that I passed every year, after all. And lighthouses are way markers of navigation through both physical and temporal space. Both where we are going in the present and where we have been in our memories.

Fall would come in the late 1970s and it was time to store my father's boat for the season. We would start on a chilly day from Warwick Cove to bring it to the area between Snug Harbor and Potter Pond. Kenport Marina was the name of the place back then, and "Dave" was the manager and mechanic. This lighthouse helped mark the final turns to Kenport. The tide would run hard here, and it was easier to handle if we headed into the current on the ebb. And it all looked just like the photo. This is the right place at the right time.


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