Maybe its because I’m really ready for Spring, but I’ve been thinking a lot about summer in Cape Cod. After 3 years in New England, I only got to the Cape this past year, and even then for only a day. Like a lot of the coastal US, the communities along the Cape were filled with summer cottages, ice cream shops, fish fry stands and eclectic craft shops. Everything seemed to exude the relaxation and fun of a summer vacation destination. I enjoyed exploring the extensive windswept beaches, the sea-side trails and a chance to take in the crashing waves. Cape Cod has had a rough winter with damaging wind and high tides. Hopefully the erosion has been minimal and the beaches are still there waiting for Spring too.
Nauset Lighthouse Beach along the Eastern coast of Cape Cod:
While most Americans are preparing for some cranberry sauce this Thursday, I thought I’d share some photos from my visit to a cranberry bog last month. There are many independent cranberry growers in the Eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod area, most of which are open for visitors to purchase fresh berries or for tours. I stopped by Flax Pond Farm, just west of Plymouth and enjoyed learning about the cranberry harvest. Read more
Happy Halloween! New England seems to decorate for the Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving really well – maybe it has something to do with our close proximity to Salem and Plymouth. I particularly like these pumpkin-headed scarecrows in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The entire downtown is decorated with these 8 feet tall, black clad, wiry fellows. They’re spooky but not very much, since some of them are dressed in old black concert tees.
Of the 102 voyagers on the Mayflower, only 53 survived the first year to celebrate the “original Thanksgiving” in Nov 1621. Of the 18 adult women who made the voyage, 14 died in the first year. The Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth has a really interesting graphic illustrating the decimation of the early settlers. (See colonist before and after the first year).
Original parties on the Mayflower. (Photo: Jim Steinhart)
Mayflower passengers who survived to the first Thanksgiving (Photo: Jim Steinhart)
Photos by Jim Steinhart, phototravelbase.com.