There is a narrow sand-bar running into it, with very deep water on one side, on which I helped boil a kettle of chowder, some six rods from the main shore, about the year 1824, which it has not been possible to do for twenty-five years; and, on the other hand, my friends used to listen with incredulity when I told them, that a few years later I was accustomed to fish from a boat in a secluded cove in the woods, fifteen rods from the only shore they knew, which place was long since converted into a meadow.
This rise and fall of Walden at long intervals serves this use at least; the water standing at this great height for a year or more, though it makes it difficult to walk round it, kills the shrubs and trees which have sprung up about its edge since the last rise -- pitch pines, birches, alders, aspens, and others -- and, falling again, leaves an unobstructed shore; for, unlike many ponds and all waters which are subject to a daily tide, its shore is cleanest when the water is lowest.
But," said I, "you swim well enough to reach to the shore, and the sea is calm; make the best of your way to shore, and I will do you no harm; but if you come near the boat I'll shoot you through the head, for I am resolved to have my liberty;" so he turned himself about, and swam for the shore, and I make no doubt but he reached it with ease, for he was an excellent swimmer.
While I was in view of the Moor that was swimming, I stood out directly to sea with the boat, rather stretching to windward, that they might think me gone towards the Straits' mouth (as indeed any one that had been in their wits must have been supposed to do): for who would have supposed we were sailed on to the southward, to the truly Barbarian coast, where whole nations of negroes were sure to surround us with their canoes and destroy us; where we could not go on shore but we should be devoured by savage beasts, or more merciless savages of human kind.
And please don't think I'm utterly irresponsible because you saw me dancing on the shore at sunset.
But I'm so glad we both came to the shore tonight and met each other.
Again she dove and with strong strokes headed for the shore
To add to our irritation, friends of the Italians established a code of signals with them from the shore
, so that we never dared relax the siege for a moment.
They were taken on shore
and a fire made, at which they dried their clothes, after which Comcomly conducted them back to his village.
Together they forced their way through the screening foliage until they could obtain a view of the river, and there, almost to the other shore
, they saw Malbihn's canoes making rapidly for camp.
We had, by the light of the moon, a little sight of them, as they stood pelting us from the shore
with darts and arrows; and having got ready our firearms, we gave them a volley that we could hear, by the cries of some of them, had wounded several; however, they stood thus in battle array on the shore
till break of day, which we supposed was that they might see the better to take their aim at us.
Seeing the north shore
so near, I began to paddle for it.
Couthouy, one of the naturalists in the great Antarctic Expedition of the United States: -- "Having personally examined a large number of coral-islands and resided eight months among the volcanic class having shore
and partially encircling reefs.
Making a virtue of necessity, Wyeth threw a cord to the first that came within reach, as if he wished to be drawn to the shore
Time and again warriors had put out in their canoes to intercept him, but each time the hideous horde had swept into view to send the terrified natives shrieking back to the shore
to lose themselves in the jungle.