Monday, August 26, 2013

Scenes From My Summer Vacation...

Okay, I've been back for a week now, and summer's close drawing fast. Here's a few pictures from my recent camping trip to Cape Cod, and I hope it brings out just why I love the Cape so much...

There's the beach:


The Cape, being protected by the "arm" that sweeps out into the Atlantic, has gentler waters than northern shores. The undertow is nowhere near as severe as it is on the New Hampshire border, nor is the current as strong as further south. It makes for great swimming and body surfing for the kids, and a (little) less worrisome for Mom & Dad.

In the background is the jetty that lines the canal that goes out to the Atlantic proper. You can climb the rocks all the way out to the lighthouse on the end, and we did that on several occasions this trip. It's not particularly challenging, although BabyGirl G. did fall into a crevasse at  one point. A couple small scrapes and one scared little girl later, we discussed the importance of paying attention...

This is one of my favorite shots:


That's the boardwalk leading to the beach from the entrance to the state preservation. There's a little snack shop complete with concrete tables straight out of 1970, staffed by high school and college kids that seem to get younger every years. I love the shot looking up the boardwalk; it captures the beach potential, as just over that rise lies the sand and the surf.

The canal is always a great place to see some really nice boats:


That's a double hull catamaran we saw sailing the canal on several occasions. While I've never had the sailing bug, it's easy to see how being on the water can be an addiction.

And, for the motorheads:


The classic dune buggy, complete with fiberglass body and Volkswagen Bug chassis and engine. I love the boogie boards on top - they're still on the car as opposed to being out on the water for one simple reason: there's no flotation devices allowed on the state beach. There's also very little "surf" to speak of on the Cape, at least nothing more than a foot or so. Still looks cool, though...

Considering that I took well over 1,400 pictures, I may have some more to post later...

That is all.

5 comments:

Wally said...

" there's no flotation devices allowed on the state beach "

huh?

Why do I find that to be an odd statement coming form PRM ?

Old NFO said...

Oh, love the Myers Manx!!! FUN little cars!

Dave H said...

Wally: Ohio state parks (at least the ones I've been to) also don't allow floatation devices in designated swimming areas. I don't know the official reason why, but I suspect it's one or more of the following:
1) People may get hit in the head by a runaway device.
2) Someone may get stuck under one and drown.
3) It encourages people to go into deeper water than they can handle, with a device that's not reliable.

Maybe someone should lobby the MA legislature to establish an Approved Inflatable Seahorse Roster.

Andie said...

Jay, those photos evoke all of my summer memories spending time at the Cape, too, especially the dune buggy! My sister and I used to tally how many we saw and always looked for the coolest design/paint job for bragging rights. :)

Glad you enjoyed your time, and thanks for sharing!

Joshua said...

Ya got some mighty fine pictures I'm torn between the beautiful framing of the boardwalk shot and then th- ddduuunneeebuugggyyy

....eyup, can't decide.