"I find myself at the extremity of a long beach. How gladly does the spirit leap forth, & suddenly enlarge its sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep! A greeting & a homage to the Sea! I descend over its margin,& dip my hand into the wave that meets me, & bathe my brow. That far-resounding roar is the ocean's voice of welcome. His salt breath brings a blessing along with it." .......Nathaniel Hawthorne.