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Marconi Beach was packed.

Marconi Beach

The Cape Cod National Seashore waved their usual $15 beach entrance fees last weekend and the timing couldn’t have been better. After a rather chilly and wet summer, the weather has turned hot, hot, hot and I decided that there was no better way to cool off than to spend the day submerged in the bracing waters of the National Seashore. But settling on just one beach on such a perfect beach day simply wouldn’t do. So, yesterday I went to three out of the five beaches of the National Seashore (Race Point, Herring Cove, and Marconi) in order to conduct my own informal, unscientific survey of these incredible treasures. (more…)

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The ponds on the Beach Forest Trail are like a live-action Monet painting!

The ponds on the Beach Forest Trail are like a live-action Monet painting!

I was so excited to see the Cape Cod National Seashore‘s beautiful Province Lands featured on the cover of the travel section of last Sunday’s New York Times.¬†And, even better, the wonderfully written article was not about the known treasures of that 3,500 acre thick slice of heaven curling around the tippity-top of the Cape, but was about a place that I had never visited – namely, the many glorious ponds found amongst the Province Land’s Beech Forest Trail. I vowed to check it out for myself the very next day. So, yesterday I set out on my journey with little preparation and only a copy of the Times article as my guide. And what I found was, as per usual, not exactly what I had expected. (more…)

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Beautiful Sampson's Island

Beautiful Sampson's Island

Touring the Cape by kayak is one of the most profoundly pleasurable and peaceful ways to travel the bays, rivers, and ocean that surround us. Or so I imagine. Alas, I don’t have a kayak of my very own – leaving me to suffer through bouts of envy as I watch the lucky ones paddle around me. But, I was fortunate enough to be invited to kayak out to Sampson’s Island this morning to soak in some sun and, if only momentarily, feel like one of the lucky ones. Sampson’s Island is a wild barrier beach in Barnstable County that is a quick 15-20 minute kayak ride away from the Cotuit Town Landing or Loop Beach on Ocean View Avenue. The island has tidal flats, salt marshes, and miles of perfect sandy beaches. And also, to my mind, the warmest ocean water on the Cape. It’s also a popular nesting area and hangout spot for many of our charming shorebirds. (more…)

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