Nantucket people may come to expect snowstorms near the end of January now that we’ve had another. The relatively heavy snow and high winds brought us out to the Sankaty Bluff once more to see the effects of the weather on the geotextile container installation and the bank itself. The storm and the recent heavy rains have ravaged both. The […]
Dirck and I made a few stops this afternoon on a cool day here on Nantucket. We took a walk down Mill Street, ate at a new restaurant here which we highly recommend and then went out to the bluff.
A garden at a house which was built in 1790.
Barcos y Tacos […]
We made a trip to the Sankaty Bluff tonight to see how it fared after the recent heavy rains and saw that fresh dirt continues to fall from the top, further eroding the edge. A great deal of sand was added to the bluff in the vicinity of Swept Away and the two building remnants to the north prior […]
We always found Sconset Beach to be Nantucket’s most beautiful beach. Now it is its ugliest. The Baxter Road Homeowners who call themselves a beach preservation group have so destroyed the beauty of Sconset Beach that we find it hard to look at anymore. This will continue on a regular basis as you can’t have […]
The most recent sand deliveries to Baxter Road are not for beach nourishment at the geotextile containers, but for blanketing the face of Sankaty Bluff in an attempt to provide a base for beach grass and other plantings. The sand has been deposited on the bluff edge in a number of places and pushed over […]
We made a quick trip to Sankaty Bluff today. As it was raining, raw and windy, we only looked at the top of the bank and will go down to the beach tomorrow. We found significant new losses around the remains of “Bluff Edge” and “Swept Away”. The erosion is causing a chasm between the two properties as it […]
This weekend brought the weather that has proved to be the bluff’s biggest enemy – a steady rain. When it was over, a 9 foot piece of the bluff was on top of the geotextile containers along with a multitude of other large clumps and the bank at Swept Away had eroded to the edge […]
Last month, we were on a Nantucket beach and saw one of the most beautiful sights we have ever seen. It was breathtaking. We haven’t posted those photos yet – we are saving them for our website redo that we are working on.
Yesterday, I had the opposite experience. Sconset Beach is again an ugly construction site. This is […]
A full blog post will have to wait till tomorrow evening. We finally got our power back on but need some rest. We have a lot to say about what we saw today on the bluff and will report in full tomorrow. Here are a couple of shots from today.
We went to the bluff on Sunday to see how it had fared from last weeks high winds. We have a full set of photos on Nantucket Erosion.
As you can see from the photo below, Swept Away is now deeply undercut.
There’s a small bumper sticker seen around Baxter Road that reads “Retreat Will Not Save Sconset”. It’s ironic then that the SBPF’s viewing pen could only be saved by a retreat from the ravaged edge of Sankaty Bluff. While the area of the pen is not under the “protection” of the geotextile container installation, it is subject […]
The very phrase “100 Year Storm” conjures images of a dramatic weather event with widespread destruction from an angry sea, but no one will shudder at the thought of a garden-variety rainy night. The effect of one night of rain on the Sankaty Bluff is impressive in its own right when one considers the changes […]
We have a new folio titled What is There to Lose – The Future of Sankaty Beach. This folio contains photographs we have taken over the past five years. Our hope is that Baxter Road is soon moved and this beautiful beach can be restored to its natural state.
Turn down your sound as there is a lot of wind noise. You can choose to watch it wide screen in 1080hd
Stakes mark the line of proposed work to slow the erosion of the Sankaty Bluff as “Swept Away” finds itself on the edge for the second time since 2010. Runoff from the top, rather than a battering ocean, has opened a large cut that has dumped a considerable amount of top and subsoil down onto […]
We went back below the bluff today, walking the beach from the Sankaty Head Beach Club south. There is evidence of extensive run-off from the recent rains and the bluff’s edge is much closer to the houses from 109 to 115 Baxter Road. We could see parts of those houses from the beach that we […]
Three years ago Brook Hedge wrote a guest post here about life at Twin Chimney in the 60’s and 70’s. She included photographs that you can see here – A Look Back at Sconset Bluff and Twin Chimney.
This photograph shows the rapidly eroding bluff just above Twin Chimney- a new large chunk is […]
We returned today to Baxter Road in Sconset to see how Bluff House and a few others fared during yet another night of high winds and damaging tides. The house, while still secure, is being prepared for relocation for the second time in six years. Time is running out, as some of the foundation on […]
Dirck and I went to Baxter Road tonight. The damage to the bluff from this current storm has been severe. The pictures tell the story – the edge of the bluff has reached the foundation of Bluff House and the bluff below Twin Chimney has also lost a lot of ground. We’ll get down on […]