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US 50, coast to coast 1 editions

Cover of: US 50, coast to coast | Wulf Berg


Day One of Our Journey

Ocean City, Maryland to Easton, Maryland: 137 miles

It is 6:00 a.m. in the morning. The wind is blowing. I had to get my parka out to fight the environment. It is a little drizzly. I will walk to the Boardwalk. No one is here at the beach; it is deserted. Since it is so cold, the hotels are empty. The beach resembles a sports stadium before a ball game. Ready and waiting. In the month of May, the tourists will come here and this place will be humming. I hear that on weekends there are 300,000 people in Ocean City. It is very congested at that time. We always come here in the spring when we have this beautiful beach to ourselves.
Ocean City is one of the few places along the Atlantic seashore where white sand and wide beaches are available. We have walked this beach 10-15 miles, and you can go even farther than that. You must come to Ocean City to see it for yourself.
We now have a hint of sunlight above the ocean. Right above the golden strip are black clouds. The ocean is wild this morning. The only other living things on this beach are five sandpipers that are trying to find a crab. It is fascinating to watch a sandpiper. As the waves go back, the sandpiper runs after them and in the retreating water pecks for small crabs. Then comes the next wave. The sandpiper must run for its life, not to be swallowed by the water. He just stays a hairline in front of the wave. As soon as the wave recedes, he turns around and runs after it and pecks out his food. This is repeated over and over. The sandpiper stands approximately three inches tall and has very tiny legs. You see these huge waves coming in, and the little sandpiper risking its life with every wave. I have never seen a sandpiper swallowed by a wave. This morning there still are no other people on the beach.
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1 edition First published in 1996

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Cover of: US 50, coast to coast
1996, W. Berg Press
US 50, coast to coast
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