Say that phrase and people almost instinctively conjure up a mental image of some dog nirvana but actually it’s the site of a long-abandoned town next to Gloucester and Rockport. One of the earliest settlements in New England, residents started leaving when they realized the ground was lousy for farming and fishing was much more productive.
As the population thinned out, the town got a bad reputation complete with tales of witchcraft and packs of roaming dogs – the genesis of the Dogtown nickname. It is difficult to find any traces of the town now but there is an eerie feeling hanging over it. Walking around it makes you understand what inspired H.P. Lovecraft to write the stuff he did.
These sculptures were commissioned by a man named Babson as a means of providing work to unemployed stone masons during the Great Depression. They are a major draw for tourists, dog walkers, and mountain bikers.
It is impossible to see this rock and not burst out laughing. It is wise advice and not one you hear often enough.
Finding the inspirational saying amongst them without a map becomes a fun game of scavenger hunt. Some are easy to find, like this one right next to the trail.
Advice takes on a whole new level of seriousness when it’s given to you unexpectedly by a 20,000 pound rock. The experience made me laugh out loud just about every time it happened. I am considering printing some of these, framing and putting them on my desk as useful reminders.
Wandering Person: “I am looking for truth.”
Me: “I just came from there. It’s over that hill.”