My Quick Voyage East

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Over Memorial Day weekend I was lucky enough to make a quick trip home to see my parents on the East Coast. Unfortunately I found myself in a tough spot with an unruly (aka super drunk) passenger sitting behind me. As much as I wanted to get to the East Coast as  fast as possible, I’m grateful that the pilot decided it was unsafe in the plane and we made an emergency landing where this passenger was arrested. I was one of two victims in this situations, and it truly was my first time feeling like a victim. It’s not fun. Even thinking about it now is upsetting and I’m doing my best to block it out. It’s never good feeling violated and trapped in the sky. But, that is behind me and my weekend continued once I finally made it out to Cape Cod. 

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This whole ordeal cost me most of Friday (out of a 3 day trip) giving me late Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be with my family. I did my best to put the days events out of my mind and really enjoy my trip. It started with a delicious belated birthday dinner for me at Marshside in Dennis, MA. Followed by a homemade cake made by my mother with love, and a night of boardgames!  

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On Saturday, I awoke to partly cloudy skies, but it didn’t ruin the day! My mom and I made a visit to the beach and in the afternoon my dad and I took a nice ride on the bike path. 

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It was so pretty, even with the gray sky. 

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The bike ride was followed by a big family meal out with my Aunt Chris, Uncle Doug and cousins Julie and David. It’s been so long since we’ve been all together and it was such a fun time. 

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Sunday morning was rainy, which delayed our kayaking plans, but it allowed for awesome reading nook time! There’s nothing like doing the crossword, sipping coffee and watching nature outside the window. It’s how I want to start all of my days. 

My good friend Henry (you might remember from HERE) made a long trip out to Cape Cod to share lunch with me and my parents. What a fun reunion. I think it even had to do with the clouds lifting, which made for excellent afternoon kayaking weather.

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We headed to Bell’s Neck/West Reservoir where my Dad and I kayaked around the lake while my mom did a loop on the walking path. 

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Dork. 

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I’m not a birder. At all. But you have to appreciate that while kayaking around you’re seeing rare looking birds flying/perched all around you. My dad is a birder, so he was in heaven.

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“THIS ONE’S SO RARE!” 

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After doing a loop, we decided it was time to head home to get ready for my last meal on the Cape. My parents love to do dinner on the beach, since one of the local beaches doesn’t close until very late (midnight?). They suggested we get fresh fish from Seafood Sam’s to-go and take it with us picnic style. 

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Sorry for the bad image, but isn’t this set-up awesome?! Oysters, scallops, and onion rings with a view of the ocean and lit by candle (well electric candle anyway). What a treat! Once the sun set, people started shooting fireworks off down the beach, so we even got a show. The clouds subsided and once the stars came out it was perfect for star gazing and we even had reclining beach chairs. Images couldn’t capture how calm, beautiful and relaxed the whole night was. I wish I could bottle that up, It made me think of how little I see stars, which is so sad.

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Monday morning it was time to get up early and begin my trek home. After my bus arrived at Logan airport and hour+ behind schedule, I found out my plane was also very delayed. The one positive is that I got to see Fred Armisen also heading to NYC after spending the weekend in Martha’s Vineyard for Seth Meyer’s wedding. After a lot of prayer and running, I ended up making my layover despite all the delays. 

 

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.

Beautiful right?

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.