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High Tide in Dorchester

and ebbing. But “tide” in Dorchester is rich with meaning: school bus schedules and shopping trips revolve around it; emergency responders reposition ambulances, and property owners truck in soil on which to park their cars, grow vegetable gardens and install septic tanks. In the lower, southern portions of the county you can easier come by a bushel of crabs than a wheelbarrow load of dirt, Mike Draper, a recent home buyer near the tiny settlement of Crocheron, observed. We filmed as he jacked his house seven feet in the air and built a low dike around the yard while his son, Dan, prepared to fish tasty blue crabs from the tidal ditch along their road frontage.

Dave and I have kayaked several times across the widest part of Dorchester, taking our paddlecraft out of the water to portage only once in the three-day journey. The word “tide” to most has only vague import ~ high and low, flooding

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