A Walking Tour of Plymouth, MA

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Race Point Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

We wanted to watch the sun set at Race Point Beach at Cape Code National Seashore, so we drove straight to the town of Provincetown, racing against time since we had spent so much time at Highland Light.

When we arrived, the view from the parking lot didn’t look promising.

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 Were we too late?

However, after a short walk to the beach, we discovered that the race wasn’t over yet.

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 We hadn’t missed the opportunity to watch the sun set along Cape Cod National Seashore.

Before the sun set on Race Point Beach,

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Belle, Buddy, and Gary had the chance to feel the cold Atlantic waters
along the Outer Capes once last time.

 I had the chance . . .

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to admire, enjoy, and photograph the changing colors along the Cape.

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Buddy also found the time to irritate his sister with a crab claw.

 

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 Then he found an activity to occupy himself while waiting for the sun to set.

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He found a pole which begged to be climbed.

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 With her brother away, Belle a walk alone on the beach.

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At the time, I wasn’t happy when Gary pried the camera away from my neck.
But today, I am so thankful of the pictures of my children and me.

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 That day  I felt and today I feel so truly blessed to have lived a dream
of traveling across the USA with my family.

Before the sky turned completely dark, we called it a day and headed back to the dually.

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As our afternoon of Fun and Sun in Cape Cod National Seashore came to an end,
I realized then that we were leaving with our hearts full of memories,
my camera full of pictures,
and my tennis shoes filled with sand.
What an experience!  What an afternoon!

Cape Cod National Seashore

We enjoyed an afternoon of fun and sun along Cape Cod National Seashore as we continued exploring the U.S.A. – One national seashore at a time.

After

  • our family explored the Salt Pond Visitor Center,
  • Belle and Buddy studied and shared their finds in this atypical classroom, and
  • Gary and I became students and learned from our children acting as teachers,

we were all ready for lunch.

Since all of us were tired of the typical sack lunches, we made a stop at the local grocery store to find different and exciting foods for a picnic lunch.

As you can see from their smiles in the picture, Belle and Buddy enjoyed this lunch treat.

cape cod ntl seashore, ma We enjoyed our picnic so much that I made a reminder to myself
that we needed to pack a picnic lunch from the aisles of the grocery store again some day.
It was less expensive than eating fast food, but more enjoyable than a sack lunch.

After lunch, we followed a paved trail and walked through this terrestrial ecosystem (possibly a pitch pine and scrub oak forest that we learned about at Salt Pond Visitor Center.  This trail led us to Coast Guard Beach.

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For whatever reason, I do not have a single picture of Coast Guard Beach??

After the beach, we returned to the dually and drove through the town of Eastman and entered the town of Wellfeet.

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In the town of Wellfeet, we passed by Marconi Beach and Marconi Station Site.  Thanks to Buddy’s teaching, we knew why these places were named Marconi.  If we had scheduled more time in Cape Cod National Seashore, we would have made a stop at this beach and station.

After Wellfleet, we arrived in the town of Truro.  Somewhere in Truro we parked the dually for another walk to a beach.  Unfortunately, I did not take note of the trail name or the specific beach.

We encountered various terrestrial and fresh water ecosystems on our way to a marine ecosystem: the beach.

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Belle and Buddy contemplated this fresh water ecosystem
and debated if it was a large kettle pond, a large vernal pool, or a swamp.

The debate continued until we found these tracks.

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 (I never imagined how assigning my students the task as teacher would work to everyone’s benefit.)

When sister and brother agreed to disagree,

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 we continued our walk to the beach.

When Buddy heard the crash of waves, he sprinted to the beach.

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 Not being ones to run unless we are being chased,
Gary and I decided to walk hand and hand and continued a leisurely stroll to the beach.

Eventually, the sounds of the surf matched the sights in front of us.

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As soon as they had permission,
shoes were kicked off, toes sank into wet sand, and feet met Cape cold waters.

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 Despite the sunny sky and the warmth of the sun, it’s October in Massachusetts. cape cod national seashore, ma I not only kept my shoes on my feet, but I also kept my jacket on my body throughout the day.

Enjoying the sun and Searching for seashells became our next task for the day.

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 We didn’t bother with shell identification this day.
Instead, we went on a scavenger hunt to see who could find the largest unbroken shell.
Looks like Gary won this search.
(After 6 weeks of living on the road, it also looks like Gary needs a haircut.)

After seashell hunting, it was time to explore the dunes.

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Gary and Belle chose to climb the dunes using the stairs.

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 Whereas, Buddy chose an alternative route.

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 These dunes were steeper than they appear.

At the top of these stairs,

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  Gary and Belle discovered that they were entering private property.
Oops!

Enjoying our time on the beach along the Cape Cod National Seashore, we realized that time was against us so we headed back to the dually.

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We walked in silence and in single file as we tramped, trekked, and trudged through a variety of terrestrial ecosystems.

Once we made it back to the dually, we decided to go Highland Light next.

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