Tuesday, June 22, 2010

on the Cape

Last month Matt and I took off for Cape Cod over Memorial Day weekend to celebrate my birthday and our second anniversary.  I told Matt that being able to combine both events was a rare occasion and that he should enjoy it this year.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast called An English Garden and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Our hosts Anita and Joe were very warm and welcoming throughout our visit to their inn.  They also cooked up two delicious breakfasts that we enjoyed on Saturday and Sunday morning - vanilla bean French toast and a seasonal vegetable strata.  After breakfast we drove about an hour to Provincetown.  Unfortunately only one bicycle will fit in a Corolla so we had to find a place to get a bike for Matt so we could ride the Province Lands Bike Trail.  Our first order of business was finding a bike rental shop.  Mission accomplished!       
After a few hours of riding through salt marsh, past sand dunes, and along the coast we ended up back in the center of P-Town and brought Matt's bike back.  Earlier in the day we had a spied a tower that looked climbable so we set off in search of it by walking around town and continually looking up so we could keep it in sight.  We eventually ended up at the base of the Pilgrim Monument, a structure that was built in the early 1900s to honor the Pilgrims' first landing in Provincetown.  The tower is 252 feet tall and in order to climb it you have to scale 116 steps and 60 ramps.  The view is definitely worth the ten minutes and labored breathing it takes to get to the top.  
Matt took this photo as we were walking back down - 
And finally one of the tower...
After all of that exercise I was in serious need of some nourishment.  Next stop?  Candy store!  We were able to watch salt water taffy being pulled and wrapped and even got a free sample!  I filled up a bag with lots of different flavors and snacked on them for the rest of the weekend.  My favorites were chocolate peanut butter and peach... mmm... 
Fistfuls of taffy were enough to keep me walking through town so for the next couple of hours we continued to explore.  Here are some of our finds...
brightly colored buoys.
Ben Pegg.  Ben made his own double-necked guitar and he can play like nobody's business.  Check him out here.   
a sunset.
snails, some of them smushed.
The next day we hopped in the car and began our drive out of Cape Cod but not without stopping along the way to continue our adventures.  Matt loves blown glass and the Cape is home to many studios.  We stopped at the first one we saw, Fritz Glass.  The oven was fired up but wouldn't be ready for another 45 to 60 minutes so we opted to leave rather than hang around to watch.
We stopped at the Scargo Tower.  This is me doing my impression of Rapunzel minus the long hair.
We discovered a historical society that maintained some walking trails and along one of them was this 100 year old Weeping Beech.  I would love have a dinner party under its limbs, wouldn't you?
There were old railroad tracks off of one of the trails and while Matt took some shots of the tracks going off into the distance I played gymnast.
Our last stop before home was a state fish hatchery, which stocks Massachusetts rivers and lakes with different breeds of trout twice a year.      
There was so much to do and see on the Cape that I really would have liked to spend more time there.  I guess that just means we'll have to go back!

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