August 28, 2014

Visiting Aquinnah

The Aquinnah cliffs are known for their natural beauty. Formerly known as Gay Head, the town of Aquinnah was one of the first whaling sites settled by English colonists in 1669 and first inhabited by the Wampanoag, a Native American people related to the larger Algonquin Nation of Southern New England.

The brightly-colored clay cliffs, carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, have been photographed and painted for hundreds of years by people and artists all over the world. The cliffs are ecologically protected, so pay attention to signs. You can take a hike on the upper trails to the top of the cliffs to catch a glimpse of Gay Head Light and nearby Elizabeth Islands. You can also enjoy the gorgeous beach belowin the buff if you'd like. Moshup Beach is one of the few nude beaches left in the US. However, clothing is optional, so you can visit, as I did, and not see a single person enjoying the soft white sand and turquoise waters without a suit. (I was told that the beach is no longer considered an official nude beach, but nudists still visit.)

The spectacular view I had was at the top of another rise near the shops. I think you'd agree that the colors and light are simply breathtaking. Imagine actually seeing it in person.

Have you been? If not, you need to add Aquinnah to your list of places to visit.

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Photo: Aquinnah, MA


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photo! I've added Aquinnah to my travel looks breath-taking.