On the Water

A series on New England's classic summer pastime
At Boston’s fountains, urban stresses fade into the mist (Jessey Dearing for The Boston Globe)

Metropolitan water ways

Besides relief from the heat, Boston’s two dozen neighborhood fountains provide a bit of tranquility from the busy streets and, sometimes, an opportunity for the sort of unexpected encounters that can make city life so appealing. (By James Sullivan, Globe Correspondent, 12:19 a.m.)
Sandy Kirby and her son Jonah.

For diehard surfers, swell time awaits

A hardy group of surfers has waited patiently for days like today, possibly tomorrow, and particularly Monday. Left: Sandy Kirby and her son Jonah.
(By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff, 8/27/11)
Michael Emery of Somerville did some paddleboarding in Savin Hill Cove.

Standing invite

Stand-up paddleboarding is what it sounds like: standing up on a large surfboard and using a long paddle to propel yourself through the water. Left: Michael Emery of Somerville paddled in Savin Hill Cove. (By Billy Baker, Globe Staff, 8/19/11)
Erika Conklin of Salem and her dog King Louis paddled along Flax Pond in Brewster.

Near salty havens, fresh alternatives

Freshwater partisans champion the seclusion, the lack of salt stings, and the tranquility of the Cape Cod’s more than 300 ponds. Left: Erika Conklin of Salem and her dog King Louis paddled along Flax Pond in Brewster.
(By Vivian Yee, Globe Correspondent, 8/12/11)
Still lighting up the harbor

Still lighting up the harbor

Boston Harbor still has three lighthouses flashing beams of light that can be seen
27 miles out at sea. From the mainland, the brick and granite towers sparkle, winking back at shore every few seconds as a reminder of the region’s maritime roots.
(By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff, 8/6/11)
Kristen Webb of Scituate read on the upper deck of an MBTA ferry en route to Hingham.

This trip’s a breeze

Aboard the Hingham ferry, commuters get a chance to relax, unwind, enjoy the weather, and avoid traffic. Left: Kristen Webb of Scituate read on the upper deck of an MBTA ferry en route to Hingham. (By Laura J. Nelson, Globe Correspondent, 7/30/11)
A perfect day spent on a perfect Gloucester beach

A perfect day spent on a perfect Gloucester beach

They call him Walker. But on Thursday, the unofficial captain of Good Harbor Beach was sitting alone in a low plastic folding chair near the east end of this half-mile stretch of sand, tanning in a pair of blue shorts. (By Vivian Yee, Globe Correspondent, 7/23/11)
Video Gloucester's Good Harbor Beach draws a crowd
In Boston, kayaking can be just a T ride away

In Boston, kayaking can be just a T ride away

On a recent breezy afternoon, five minutes away from the Kendall Square/MIT T stop, across from the futuristic-looking Genzyme headquarters, and a few steps from a sleek concrete pavilion, Wil Viozzi was discovering a new extreme water sport.
(By Vivian Yee, Globe Correspondent, 7/15/11)
Families, tourists, and workers on break revel in fountains built on downtown stretch once dominated by Central Artery

Families, tourists, and workers on break revel in fountains built on downtown stretch once dominated by Central Artery

As streams of water rained down, shimmering in the midday sun, best friends Yasmine Hamadi and Celia Murphy danced through the spray. With the city all around them, the 11-year-olds splashed and squealed. (By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff, 7/8/11)
Video Kids cool off at the Rose Kennedy Greenway sprinklers
Fishing enthusiasts get hooked on an urban summertime rite

Fishing enthusiasts get hooked on an urban summertime rite

On any given day, you’ll see Reinaldo Rodriguez and other fishermen casting into the harbor, the Charles River, and other local waterways. They say the sport is a summer rite, a way to unplug from life in the city and connect with family, or even strangers. (By Ben Wolford, Globe Correspondent, 7/1/11)

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