My last week on Cape Cod was when the storm hit (Nor’easter), so my explorations of the far southwest corner of the cape were limited. Walks around downtown Falmouth and the surrounding residential area, despite the trees and large branches down in yards along the way, convinced me that, although as picturesque as the tourist towns, this would be a pleasant place to live. There are beaches on both the west coast, Buzzards Bay, and the south, Vineyard Sound, bike trails and gardens, more treasures to uncover on another visit.
The town of Woods Hole felt a bit like a university campus. It is home to many research facilities, most centering on marine studies: primarily Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution or WHOI (pronounced hooey) where my son works, but also Marine Biological Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries, Atlantic Marine Geology (US Geological Survey), and Sea Education Association. No tours of museum or aquarium this time of year or during the pandemic, but I enjoyed walking the main street and poking around.
It’s also the jumping off point for the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. That was on my list for my last days on the cape, but weather interfered. Maybe next time.
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