Daniel and I are happy to announce that we have (finally) decided on when to get married. We plan on tying the knot next summer (August 11, 2012). We would like to have the wedding on Plum Island, which is a very special place to us.
Plum Island is a small barrier island just off the northeast coast of Massachusetts and is part of Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and Ipswich. The island is separated – barely – from the mainland by the Parker River; the northern tip is at the mouth of the Merrimac River. Most of Plum Island (the southern part) is the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, but the northern portion is densely settled with both year-round and seasonal residents.
Virtually the entire oceanfront is beautiful public beach, although much of it is accessible only by foot. There are boardwalks in the Refuge that take you through the dunes and out onto the beach.
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is the place we go to frequently for birding and biking. The inland side has some neat marshes with a continually changing population of birds ranging from plovers, blackcap chickadees, redwing blackbirds, killdeer, egrets, gulls, great blue herons, and occasionally snowy owls.