If you ever get the chance to visit Plymouth Plantation, the re-creation of the town of Plymouth, circa 1631, that sits just outside of present-day Plymouth, Mass, I highly encourage it. It has been years since I have been, but I remember going late in the year - a raw November day, the wind coming off Cape Cod Bay. If you make your way towards the south end of the small town there is a spot where you can stand and look out onto the bay and see nothing but trees and the bay - no sign of 21st century life - no sign of even 17th century life. It is a view that the first Puritans would have seen had they wandered just a short distance from their first encampment, what the hunters among them would have seen. In December 1620 they would have seen that view and recognized that they were months and months away from any civilized life - they were alone.