Falmouth, Woods Hole

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 touristContinue reading “Falmouth, Woods Hole”

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”

Nor’easter

Monday night there was a dramatic electrical storm: lightning lit up the house like strobe lights flashing, thunder rolling in waves like the ever-pounding shore surf. I had thought that was the worst of it, but the following night was the most severe of the storm, called a “bomb cyclone” Nor’easter. Tues night’s wind blewContinue reading “Nor’easter”

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”

Turquoise pools of Semuc Champey

A Peace Corps volunteer had just completed a trail building project in the Semuc Champey Natural Monument and invited friends and donors to the opening, during my last semester teaching in Guatemala, 2006. It was a five-hour drive, and Sarah, our host, promised the opening ceremonies would wait until we arrived. We made good time,Continue reading “Turquoise pools of Semuc Champey”

Great Sand Dunes

A friend proposed a road trip, a long day’s drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado. Rather than zip along the interstate highway, we took the scenic route over Guanella Pass and Kenosha Pass into South Park and down through the San Luis Valley. She was a kindred soul; we readily agreedContinue reading “Great Sand Dunes”