We had a busy visit to Cape Cod – between Cape Cod Baseball League games and Lobster Rolls, we managed to get in some other activities during our two-week stay.
We were lucky to get a space on one of the National Seashore’s Kayak trips led by two Rangers. A short paddle to the Salt Pond and Salt Pond Bay, Rangers Josh & Chris explained the flora & fauna of the area as well as Native & Early American settler history.
We had a small group join us for this casual paddle – we took a 2 hour tour of the area.
We toured some of the many Lighthouses that are scattered throughout the Cape – they all were in great shape and postcard ready. Due to the dangerous waters and constantly moving shoals, Cape Cod has been called an “ocean graveyard,” with over 3,000 shipwrecks. On the shore between Truro & Wellfleet are over 1,000 wrecks – and this covers only 17 miles of shoreline.
Out of the 14 lighthouses on the Cape, the majority are maintained by the US Coast Guard – others are privately run by non-profits.
Another great Cape Activity is peddling the Shining Star Bikeway – running between the towns of Falmouth & Woods Hole, a 20+ mile ride round trip. It links beautiful marshland areas with the two towns. The trail was the southern portion of the Plymouth and Vineyard Sound railroad – the trail began when the town of Falmouth purchased the Woods Hole portion in 1977 for $329,000. The trail was extended an additional eight miles from Falmouth to North Falmouth in 2009.
The name of the trail is reference to the Song America the Beautiful, written by Katherine Lee Bates, who was born in Falmouth.
Finally, friends managed to get a National Park permit for a night time beach fire – 12 issued per day. People line up starting at 6 a.m. to get a permit.
Cape Cod is a lovely peninsula with lots of history, sporting activities and great restaurants.
We enjoyed our stay!