The Channel Islands… Just A Taste

I survived! Can you guess where I went? The Channel Islands! Specifically, Santa Cruz Island (the largest one). I’ll have a full report for you soon, as it’ll take me a little while to sort through and edit all the photos from this kayaking/camping/hiking adventure. More to come soon 🙂

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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.