Putting America behind you

  Old Harbor Life Saving Station, in the  Cape Cod National Seashore .

Old Harbor Life Saving Station, in the Cape Cod National Seashore.

"What are springs and waterfalls? Here is the spring of springs, the waterfall of waterfalls. A storm in the fall or winter is the time to visit it; a lighthouse or a fisherman's hut the true hotel, A man may stand there and put all America behind him.''

-- From Cape Cod, by Henry David Thoreau

"East of America, there stands in the open Atlantic the last fragment of an ancient and vanished land. Worn by the breakers and the rains, and disintegrated by the wind, it still stands bold."

-- From The Outermost House, by Henry Beston