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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(I never imagined how assigning my students the task as teacher would work to everyone’s benefit.)
When sister and brother agreed to disagree,
we continued our walk to the beach.
When Buddy heard the crash of waves, he sprinted to the beach.
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.
As soon as they had permission,
shoes were kicked off, toes sank into wet sand, and feet met Cape cold waters.
Despite the sunny sky and the warmth of the sun, it’s October in Massachusetts. 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.
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.
Gary and Belle chose to climb the dunes using the stairs.
Whereas, Buddy chose an alternative route.
These dunes were steeper than they appear.
At the top of these stairs,
Gary and Belle discovered that they were entering private property.
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.
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.