Friday, August 26, 2011

Cape Cod/Nantucket/Boston/Irene

Gray's beach - on the Cape

Morning fog on the "pond" in our campground

view from our campsite
Cape Cod is such a beautiful area.  We've been here for 2.5 weeks and have really enjoyed the beaches, biking and just touring around.  We are both very shocked at how wooded this entire area is.  We expected more open space and sand and were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the thick woods.  We biked many miles along the Canal at the entry to the Cape as well as on the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  What beautiful trails with views of many ponds (what we would really call a lake) and even side trips to a Lighthouse or two (just for you, MaryEllen!).  Lounging on the beaches has also been a favorite of ours but up here the water is a little chillier than back home...58 degrees!  Let's just say it's a quick dip in and out of the water. 

Harbor Seal in Chatham

Nantucket was a great day trip by ferry although we certainly could have spent several days touring the island.  We took our bikes on the ferry so that we could quickly see as much of the island as possible and to get out of the busy downtown of Nantucket.  We biked to the east end of the island past Sankaty Head Lighthouse and into the little town of Sconset for lunch.  As we were enjoying our lunch we were approached to be in a commercial for the Steamship Authority (the ferry).  They had watched us ride into town and since we didn't look like most of the tourists in town (not quite as fancy :-) ) they were interested in filming us on our bikes.  We were a little hesitant that this may be a scam but we grabbed our bikes and met them on a beautiful small road next to the ocean for our hour-long photo/video shoot.  We rode our bikes back and forth on this road as they filmed in several ways and then also walked our bikes a time or two.  We're to look on their website next spring for the commercial.  This hour of fun also paid for our ferry ride back to Hyannis.    

Brant Point Lighthouse

our awesome film crew

 Boston was let's interesting day.  We took a trip with our neighbors (and new friends/card buddies), Joe & Barb, to the big city.  Let me start by saying DON'T DRIVE IN BOSTON!  The best part was we were able to start our day with touring Sam Adams and having a few samples.  From there it went a little downhill as we had a very difficult time negotiating the streets and traffic and deciding we didn't want to pay $26 to park for 60 minutes!  We did get to see a lot of the city from the car but were more than thrilled to be out of the city and back to our cozy campsites.  

Irene is the talk of the campground for those of us living in the trees right now in our homes on wheels.  Do we we go west...what do we do?  We've made plans to head north tomorrow (Saturday) to my cousin's house near Bangor, Maine.  We feel we should be pretty safe there as the winds will not be as bad as they are expected closer to the coast.  We expect to have lots of rain and wind but are hoping for the best and can take cover in his house if needed.   

Next week we plan to camp 3 nights in Baxter State Park and climb Mt. Katahdin, the end (or beginning) of the AT (Appalachian Trail).  Til next time...happy trails!

No comments:

Post a Comment