Some ask why our merry band of whaleboat rowers called the Gray Buzzards choose to row three and four times a week year-round. And here’s why. It’s been snowy. It’s been very cold, so much so that our boats were iced in to their slips just days before. But it warmed up to a balmy 22 degrees yesterday with nearly no wind. The sun was rising as we rounded our 134th consecutive month of rowing around this old iconic lighthouse, called Butler Flats Light, just outside of New Bedford Harbor. Talk about “Sunrise Rowing!”
There is absolutely nothing like seeing the sun rise over the water day in and day out. There, among the beautiful new-day light, gulls overhead and harbor seals crisscrossing off of our stern, no matter what challenges the day ahead may bring, it just feels wonderful to be alive.
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Text and image by Kevin Lee