Silver Linings

Silver Linings

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All through Milford’s Silver Sands are silvery strands: a long, gray bridge over marsh; shimmering tall grasses; the crests of small waves hitting beach and sandbar; the sandbar itself, coming and going opposite the tide; the fine, silky plumes of one little egret; a snaking, light gray boardwalk; a leafless, limb-lopped, white-birch bird perch; and, sometimes, wispy threads of vapor embroidering rich evening skies.

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There might even be some actual silver. Legend has it that the park’s satellite, Charles Island—to which you can walk when the tide is low, though it’s (a) a protected bird sanctuary, with access prohibited from May 1 to September 9, and (b) reportedly filled with poison ivy—is where the accused pirate William Kidd of Scotland, a.k.a. Captain Kidd, stashed some treasure circa 1699.

Though many have searched, it seems none have yet found Kidd’s buried booty. You can only hope its seekers didn’t miss the other treasures Silver Sands—and its neighbor, Walnut Beach—more freely give.

Silver Sands State Park (& Walnut Beach)
Silver Sands Pkwy, Milford (map)
Online: Silver Sands | Walnut Beach

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. This updated story was originally published on June 17, 2016.

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