"The seashore is a sort of neutral ground, a most advantageous point from which to contemplate the world. It is even a trivial place. The waves forever rolling to the land are too far-traveled and untamable to be familiar. Creeping along the endless beach amid the sun-squall and the foam, it occurs to me that we, too, are the product of sea-slime." ~ H D Thoreau, Journal, October, 1849.