The above view struck me as the most awesome in the area when I first saw it. Like a tourist, I often used to pull over while driving, just to admire this view from Cow Bay Road.
This week marks twenty years since we moved to Cow Bay. Back in 1989, there was only the odd tree in the front yard and the house was totally visible from the road. I soon got to work transplanting trees from the backyard to the front. Today, a wooded area affords more privacy while also providing a barrier to sound, wind and dust from the road.
Fog and mist are common here, but on clear days, views of the Atlantic Ocean are possible.
Views of Osborne Head became visible once trees were cut down to make way for the construction of new homes in the subdivision. Paved streets gradually replaced the peaceful forest trails where I used to hike with my children. What trails remained became impassable due to fallen trees after Hurricane Juan in 2003.
More than the landscape changes over time. One facet of aging is the tendency to become more insular with the passing years. While youth looks out and expands its territory, as we age our focus is directed inward and we more often look within for reason and meaning. These days I spend more time in my own yard, exploring less the landscape beyond the surveyors’ lines. I wouldn’t be surprised if the best views are yet to be discovered.