Cape Cod in the Winter

Over the holiday’s I was on the East Coast visiting with friends and family and doing my best to stay warm. A couple days after Christmas I drove from Connecticut to spend the next week with my family in Cape Cod.

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The above photo was taken mid route between Providence and Cape Cod (at Fall River). Don’t worry, I was in the passenger seat.

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This photo was taken going over the Bourne Bridge at Sunset. The drive out to Cape Cod is very beautiful.

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There’s really nothing like an East Coast Christmas. Cape Cod is such a beautiful place, even in the (extreme) cold.

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The above four photos were taken at Harding Beach in Chatham. It was a very cold and windy beach walk, but it makes for a fun adventure.

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The above four photos were taken at the Chatham Fish Pier, which is a great seal/shark lookout place in the summer and is also next to a tasty fish market. It’s a fun place to go and watch the fishing boats come in with their daily take. The fish attract the seals, and the seals attract the sharks.. circle of life.

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The above two photos are from Chatham Lighthouse and the beach accompanying it.

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The last stop at sunset was Cold Storage Beach in Dennis. If it weren’t so frigid and windy, this is a great walking beach to explore in the summer time. You can see these beach photos have WAY less snow, since this is the bay-side.

Every year people flock to Cape Cod in the summer time, and yet everything shuts down in the winter. I find the quite and stillness mixed with the snowy landscape just so beautiful in winter. If you have the chance to experience Cape Cod in the winter, it’s worth your time.

Cape Cod Kayaking Adventures

This is my last post about my Cape Cod trip. I’ve talked with people who were confused about all the timing, but I assure you I’m back in LA and up to my usual tricks. When I travel I can’t give you the lengthy posts that require a lot of time and attention, so I usually write them once I’m back on Los Angeles soil. So sure enough, I’m back and as of tomorrow I’ll be back to my usual postings. Infact, tomorrow is Wednesday which means it’s time for Comedy Wednesdays! That’s right, I have Comedy Bang Bang tickets tonight, so expect a full report.

Now, back to a topic I love, kayaking in Cape Cod. I did this twice while on my last trip and each of these makes for a great afternoon activity. It also gives my arms an excellent workout, which often get ignored on my stair walks.

These photos were taken mid-kayak on Seymour Pond. The photo above makes it look very still, which it was at times, but don’t take that for granted. All it takes is a big gust of wind to feel yourself swiftly moving in a direction you don’t want to go. In the below photo you can see my dad waving behind me.

While on the opposite end of the pond the clouds rolled in and before we knew it, we could hear thunder. You can guess, we high-tailed it back to shore. It got pretty dark after that, but these intermittent thunderstorms are common on the Cape.

Our next kayaking adventure (on a different day with sunny skies) took place at Scargo Lake. This gorgeous lake had extremely warm, clear water. This was such a joy. We often paddled with our feet over the sides of the kayak. We are not residents of Denis, so we are not permitted to park in the beach lot (see the beach way on the opposite side of the lake?), so instead we park in a public area on the opposite shore. Here they have a boat launch and small shorefront.

This day was perfect for kayaking. So still, so it wasn’t much of a workout but such a delightful glide around the lake.

Teens were practicing their boating skills in the center while us kayakers were doing loops around the perimeter of the lake.

You can even see the tower over looking the lake along the tree-line on the right side of the photo.

So calm. If I didn’t have a flight to catch later that afternoon, I would have stayed here all day. If you own kayaks, or want to even go swimming, visit Scargo Lake!

Cape Cod: Sandwiches in Sandwich + a Biking the Canals

One day trip we did while in Cape Cod, was lunch in the adorable town of Sandwich (spot A on the map) and then a long bike ride up and down the Cape Cod Canal (spot B on the map).

We got a sandwich to go at a local shop and brought it to some benches along Shawme Lake.

What a great snacking spot, am I right? A turtle swam near us while we ate. Truly a delight.

After our food break we decided to walk around the town of Sandwich. We walked along their Main Street looking at cute shops. They have a surprising number of renovated churches.. that still look like churches.. but aren’t churches. It’s a little odd. As I sang to my parents, it looks like “we’ve got trouble, right here in River City!” You probably don’t get that reference, because you’re normal and I’m weird.

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After our walk around town it was time to get to the Cape Cod Canal to get our bike-on! We parked on a side lot along the Scenic Highway, Route 6, closer to the Sagamore Bridge side.

We ended up biking almost the entire length of the canal and back. We thought the rail-bridge was where the path ended, but according to the maps, we could’ve headed just a tad more south ending at the Maritime Academy. Oh well. We still got a great workout that day.

While we were doing a photoshoot next to the Sagamore Bridge, a tanker(?) came through, so I had to share.

The Bourne Bridge looked pretty similar to the Sagamore bridge.. and I was getting tired, so I didn’t take as many photos. I did snap this shot of the rail-bridge (below), dressed in it’s holiday best.

Great exercise, beautiful weather, and free activities make for an awesome day.

Cape Cod: Falmouth and Woods Hole

While in Cape Cod this past week, we decided to spend the day getting lunch in Falmouth along the adorable Main Street and then drive a little further to the bike trail that leads down to Woods Hole.

Below is Main Street in Falmouth. We parked in the public (free) lot just behind Main St., by the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce which has a lovely public restroom. This cute downtown center has plenty of food options for dine-in or take-out to brig to the beach. They also have cutesy stores, so plan time to do a loop along the drag. 

While headed to the place we want to grab lunch, I noticed this “Obey” street art sticker. Even Cape Cod has street art, very cool.

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We decided to grab a bite at the cute Pop Kitchen. We had a delicious meal, but the only complaint was that the food took a long time to come out. I’m not sure if they are short staffed or need a bigger kitchen, but on yelp a few reviewers had the same problem. I highly recommend this place if you have time for a leisurely meal. We were anxious to hit the road to start biking, so our patience was lacking.

The decor is very different from the other more gourmet looking options on the street. It was kitschy and fun, like a main street brunch place should be.

Next stop, Nobska Lighthouse!

There isn’t much parking here, but if you can grab one of the four spots, you can climb the hill to the lighthouse and see some gorgeous views. Also, across the street is a little path leading down to a bench and then further on to the beach.

We jumped back in the car to get to our last car destination, the bike path near Woods Hole. We were able to park right along the path, which happened to be right next to the water. What a view! Exercise and getting to look at that? Only on vacation!

Here’s me in my goofy helmet.

We biked down to the center of Wood Hole, where they have their own cute little downtown. We parked our bikes and explored. In the summer time the bridge in town goes up every hour.

Woods Hole has a fun aquarium (small but all about local marine-life) which unfortunately closed by the time we got there. But we did get to see the seals they keep in an inclosure out front. We spent a while walking around town until the skies turned dark and we decided to bike back.

By the time we got back to the car, the clouds had lifted and we took a break to dip our toes in the water. What a delightful day in Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Beer Tour

If you’ve been following my Chicago trip, it was time to move along and instead of heading back to Los Angeles I continued on to the East Coast. The next and final leg of my trip is a week spent in Cape Cod, MA with my parents.

There will be four installments detailing great day trips you can take around the Cape, but the first starts with one of my favorite things, a brewery tour. Hyannis is home to Cape Cod Beer. On Saturdays and Tuesdays in the summer they do brewery tours. Since it’s basically one room, it was less of a tour and more of an open house with a lesson all about how beer is made. I loved it! Each round of describing the brewing process came with a dixi cup taste of their unique brews. Did I mention it’s all FREE! Given that it was the week of the 4th of July (the busiest week on the Cape) it was a full house.

See all the people? I love that it was packed, because it means people are interested. It was a lovely day, which means these people all had to forgo a morning of beaching to attend this. It was also 11am, so an early hour for free beer samples.

Above is the woman giving the lesson on beer. She really knew her stuff and based on a comment she made, I think she’s married to the owner.

This whiteboard is where they keep track of the vats and the brewing process.

One interesting thing she brought up is that the most expensive part of selling the beer in the packaging of a 6 pack. Not only do you have to print the labels for the bottels but also the cardboard container that holds the beer. They do a lot of their business via kegs in local establishments. This is cost effective and better for the environment. I never really thought about the money and time that goes into creating a 6-pack verse a keg, which doesn’t even have a label nd gets reused.

For you home brewers, their gift shop has more than just stickers and tee-shirts. They also have ingredients for you to make your own. How many breweries encourage you to make your own? Not many. Cape Cod Beer isn’t looking to take over the world, infact they want to only stay local, and you can tell they do it because they love it! They also care alot about the community. Check out their website to see a list of all the events they have going on this summer.

Exploring Cape Cod: Paw Wah Pond

So this post is mainly about Paw Wah Pond, which we explored after making a pit stop at an undisclosed location. This first location shall not be named, because, as it turns out, it was on private land. I guess the land is public, but the only way to get there is by trespassing on private property. Since I am not a rule-breaking advocate, I can’t in good conscious promote the walk by giving you the information about it… BUT since I already went, I might as well share my findings.

Thankfully it was another warmer beautiful day with a clear blue sky.

We followed along the public beach until we reached our goal, a cute abandoned island (during high tide)/ peninsula (during low tide) filled with stones. You can see from these pictures how quiet it was. It wasn’t all joyous, as we had to cut across some stinky, might-drop-into-water-at-any-second marsh to reach this beautiful place. Oh yeah, then we had to cut back across it so we could leave.

After the-hike-that-shalt-be-named, we moved on to a fun loop at Paw Wah Pond in Orleans, MA. This hike has a small parking area, with paths leading you through the woods (note picnic tables for a summer time break) and down to the water.

We didn’t reach this area until late in the day, so the sun was already low in the sky. I love the picutre below because you can see there are 2 kayakers brave enough to handle the cold air (and water) and explore. I’m insanely jealous of them and wished I could have done some winter kayaking. Although the prospect of sticking my foot in the water for the initial launch hurts just thinking about it.

My parents enjoyed this walk for all the birding opportunities. Many unique birds were calling out and living in the nests in the tall grass along the water. We followed their steps.

Once the sun officially began setting we had to rush back to the car (you don’t want to cut through the woods in the dark.. not fun).

Sunsets like this are really special.

Exploring Cape Cod: Chatham, First Night

Chatham is an adorable (pricy) town in the elbow of Cape Cod. Winter time is definitely their slump season, but on December 31st the town comes alive for First Night. It’s a great time to catch sales (50% off!) at the normally mucho expensive, cutsie shops along Main Street.

I had to include the above picture, because while taking a break from the Main Street drag of shops and tourists my family and I did a loop around the neighborhood where we ran across this house… and mini house.

The road looped around to this cute beach area. From there we went back into town. It was a nice little detour.

You can tell by these pics it was a tad overcast on the 31st, but Chatham kept their schedule despite the drizzle.

More adorable shops!

SHOPS! SHOPS! SHOPS!

They had bands playing inside a local church (I’m sure the rain pushed them off the churches lush front yard and into the warm dry chapel). Normally they have ice craving and people give out noise makers and hats displaying “2012!”. As I was leaving I snapped this shot of a carpenter beginning his demonstration of chainsaw carving. He carves these logs down into little bears.