Tangier

My son and I took the ferry to Tangier, Morocco, in 2018. The taxi driver drove us from the port to the medina. I had booked a hotel inside the medina. He unloaded our bags and another young man stepped out of a door on the side of the medina wall to meet us. TheContinue reading “Tangier”

La Jolla sealife

Just north of San Diego, in La Jolla Cove and adjoining beaches, harbor seals and California sea lions make their home. Carefully warned by signage and rangers not to approach too close, visitors gather to watch their antics and photograph. I spent a glorious few hours wandering this shore and sharing their space. These seaContinue reading “La Jolla sealife”

California beach walking

A long day’s drive took me from St George, Utah to temperate Carlsbad in southern California, avoiding the glitz of Las Vegas and Nevada road stops with their flashing signs, through desolate desert landscapes with occasional sculpted rock outcroppings. Carlsbad has a comfortable and attractive suburban feel with twisting roads over gentle hills, rounding pondsContinue reading “California beach walking”

The Beaches

The trendy shops along Queen Street East are in the Beaches, or Beach, neighborhood, an upscale section of Toronto. I’m not much of a consumer, but I’m curious to see what’s happening, what’s in, what catches the eye. A tree in the small park has a strange shape, reaching up after hugging the ground. WeContinue reading “The Beaches”

Cape Cod Canal, Sandwich

The unusually shaped island of Cape Cod was originally a peninsula reaching out from the Massachusetts mainland until a canal was forged through its narrow connection in 1914. The matching silver arcs of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges span the canal, prone to traffic slowdowns even in October when I was there and congestion thatContinue reading “Cape Cod Canal, Sandwich”

Yarmouth, Chapin sunset

My stay at a friend’s Yarmouth Port house on Cape Cod was a quiet respite. I could imagine the locals, permit required, carrying their beach toys and chairs to Dennis Pond in warmer days. Not a time for swimming in October, I took a walk to the pond and beyond most mornings, drove out forContinue reading “Yarmouth, Chapin sunset”

Provincetown

The liveliest, most interesting town on Cape Cod is at the farthest point, where the tip curves around as if beckoning you in. Crammed with a diverse mix of shops, galleries, and eateries along vibrant Commercial Street, it’s both an artist haven and a magnet for the LGBTQ+ community. It does my heart good toContinue reading “Provincetown”

National Seashore

The beaches and dunes spanning the Atlantic coastline have been designated Cape Cod National Seashore, protected as part of the National Park Service. The Salt Pond Visitor Center lives at Eastham, where the park boundaries expand inland to encompass more land as it stretches to the north, but, like many shops and restaurants, was closedContinue reading “National Seashore”

Chatham

Viewing the island of Cape Cod as a flexed arm, Chatham is positioned at the elbow. It’s the southernmost of the towns along the Atlantic coast. The white tower of Chatham Light overlooks the rugged shoreline where thousands of shipwrecks have taken place. There were originally two lighthouses called the Twin Lights so they couldContinue reading “Chatham”

Cape Cod: Yarmouth and Hyannis

It’s been a year and a half since I’ve gone anywhere out of my home state. My son was recently transferred to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for work, a great place for a visit. Unlike the tourist travel I have usually done, this journey would be a relaxing one, exploring little towns, walking the beaches, andContinue reading “Cape Cod: Yarmouth and Hyannis”