You know those visualization exercises where you’re supposed to conjure up a safe and happy place? Well, mine goes something like this: I’m walking through some obscure patch of woods on Cape Cod. No one is around. It’s quiet. It’s beautiful. I’m filled with peace. Then I see a small, unmarked trail and, after deciding to follow it, I stumble upon a perfect, people-free, undiscovered pond where I have a leisurely swim in waters as sweet as honeysuckle and as gentle and inviting as an old cotton t-shirt. So, that’s the pinnacle. That’s what I’m searching for when I incompetently bumble around these conservation lands, and national parks, and random patches of shaggy scrub pines. But, that happy place is pure fiction. What I tend to experience instead is a bit dirtier, more comical, and a lot less placid. It always involves mosquitoes, getting lost, getting found, and getting lost again, yet, sometimes, just sometimes, I get a brief encounter with the happy place I’ve settled on in my mind. And so it was yesterday, as I battled my way through the endless maze of trails in Punkhorn Parklands in Brewster. With my sneakers blackened by bog gunk, my dog about to collapse from dehydration (and resentment) and only the GPS on my iPhone to guide me, I found my way to that perfect pond, took a serene swim, and snatched a moment from time where my real matched my ideal. (more…)
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My poor bike has felt neglected this summer. The long cold rains of June were tough on me, but my bicycle, left to stoically rust outside, felt the brunt of it. Every rainy day, I would look at the delicate cobwebs forming on my bike’s handlebars, and sigh, wishing for the sunny side of life to reveal itself. And here it is! The weather, as if to make up for its bad behavior last month, has turned glorious. So, my bike and I decided to celebrate the warm summer day by thoroughly investigating the newly expanded Shining Sea Bikeway, which stretches from North Falmouth all the way down to the Steamship Authority parking lot in Woods Hole. It’s a 10.7 mile long, two-lane, biker’s paradise that takes its riders through some of the best landscapes the Cape has to offer. With its gorgeous scenery, flat, easily accessible bike path, and ample public parking lots, a ride on the Shining Sea Bikeway should be the number one priority destination for everyone who wants to bike, walk, jog, or Rollerblade in a safe and picturesque environment.