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A shot of Meetinghouse Pond

Meetinghouse Pond as seen from the middle of a canoe.

I ask you to picture this: A Connecticut couple drive their shiny new white convertible CorvetteĀ to Cape Cod for a romantic week-long getaway. They are young, healthy, and beautiful. They are on vacation. Life is good. The woman, a bit on the outdoorsy side, suggests taking part in a lovely canoe ride along the bay and estuaries of Orleans. It’s something she’s read about in one of her guidebooks. “It’s organized by the National Seashore, led by a couple of rangers and everything,” she says. The man, slightly less interested, eventually gives in and agrees to go. “It’ll be fun – a new adventure,” she says, trying to be light and encouraging. But once they arrive, and find themselves surrounded by other anxious-faced tourists, then forced to wear musty life vests, and sign a consent form ensuring some (forever unknown and invisible) entity that, yes, they have listened to all the safety precautions recited by the ranger, it becomes clear to the woman that this is not exactly what she imagined. She looks worriedly over at the man, hoping he won’t hold this misstep against her. He looks back, stone-faced and unsmiling. And then, as if to further aggravate what seems to be an already unfortunate situation, the ranger informs the couple that, due to the size of the group (17 people) and the number of canoes (6), they must take someone else in their boat. “Oh, great,” they both say to themselves, silently. The ranger then points to a strange creature – dressed in all black, visible white streaks of poorly applied sunscreen (of some mercilessly high SPF, they are sure) covering her pale arms, a baseball cap obscuring her face. “You take her,” the ranger says to the couple. The creature lifts her head and wanly smiles at them. And so, dear reader, I must admit the sad truth to you. The strange creature in this tale is me. Cast in this romantic love scene as the unwanted outsider. The third wheel in a canoe. The odd man out. (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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