Wednesday, August 27, 2008

We're back!

We have returned from our annual summer vacation to Cape Cod. For the first time, the dogs did not come with us and although I missed them, they were quite content at home being spoiled by our pet sitter. We stopped here to try and find beach plums to eat.

Ta dah! This is one of the loveliest beaches, located located in North Truro.

North Truro is where we've spent many great vacations in the past and needed to visit one our favorite bay beaches. Our busy week was filled with cayaking, hiking, tennis, cycling along the Cape Cod Rail trail, swimming and most enjoyable, dining on the amazing seafood available on the Cape. You can't come to the Cape without eating a lobster, and we devoured a sweet 5five-pounder, along with steamers and corn, for a terrific picnic dinner and dirt cheap price.

The water was wonderful at Coast Guard beach, considered one of the best beaches on the Cape. It is part of the National Seashore, from their website:

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.

Hiking along one of the walking paths originating at Salt Pond visitor's center.
Each turn brought another gorgeous view of the salt marsh, wild flowers and peaks of the Cape's wildlife including cormorans.
Here the marsh meets the ocean as we stopped for a quick photo op.

After a long hike, it was refreshing to wiggle our toes in the sand.

After a relaxing five days on the Cape, we took a trip back in history and toured Plimouth Plantation. This Native American young man, told us how they made canoes and used the grasses to make a roof for their huts.

Plimouth Plantation is a living museum, with colonial English men and woman asd costumed role players of the people of 1627.
Then on to Boston...more sights and wonderful food.
Can you quack? A fun way to tour Boston is on the Duck tour which tours the city streets and takes to the water for a unique sightseeing adventure.

A family photo on our Duck boat, names Molly Mollasses after the Great Mollasses flood, yes, it is true!

Boston is a fabulous walking city and filled with history. On the way to the Boston Commons, the park system contains many statues and here I am at a memorial to the women who fought for our rights and freedoms.

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