Out to the Cape...

Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
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Trip End Oct 13, 2012


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Bourne Scenic Campground
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Provincetown, Nantucket,

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Friday, August 17, 2012

 Leaving Jamestown we hoped to catch a flight or ferry to Nantucket on Friday., in the vain hope of missing the crowds. No such luck, the ferries and flights were all full. Instead we drove all of the way out to the end of the Cape to Provincetown or “Ptown” at the fist end of the arm shaped island. Cape Cod has been an island since the 1920’s era when the Cape Cod Canal was built across the isthmus connecting it to the mainland.

The drive was slow and scenic. Lots of picturesque harbors to see, tourist areas to negotiate and history to absorb. Hyannis is where we were going to catch our flight on Saturday for Nantucket, so we stopped there first. We had some phenomenal lobster rolls and chowder at “Lobstahs” on the main drag. After lunch a long stroll down to the harbor and back helped to diminish some of the caloric intake. This is Kennedy country, with lots of references to the American royal family who loved this area.

On around to Ptown, gay capital of the Northeast. Haven’t been to Fire Island, but this place is so happy it is giddy! All the boys were out and having a great time. The ladies of lesbian persuasion were there too, but they just aren’t as boisterous as the gay men. One group of guys in a bar on the side of the road, were dancing and waving at all of the cars going by, Barb and I gave them a thrill by giving the shaka back, a roar came up from the entire bar. Provincetown was packed!!! Bikers, hikers, strollers, swarmed the streets. We took the drive out to the ocean side beaches and stopped at Race Point Beach to wander around. The weather was, once again, great and lots of folks were sunbathing, not many swimmers due to ocean currents. We passed as living in Waikiki makes beachercize anywhere else just doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Back to our campsite at Bourne Scenic Camp Ground. This camp is right on the canal, under one of the two bridges that cross over into Cape Cod. The canal traffic was interesting to watch, as all kinds of vessels use it to save a 120 or so mile trip around the Cape. Unfortunately, the bridge was a constant source of traffic noise all night long.

The next morning we caught a small twin engine plane to Nantucket. We chose to fly as it gave us a scenic flight, shorter transit time and easier parking than the ferries would. Barb took the copilots seat. In spite of that fact, we arrived on Nantucket Island safely at 8:45 a.m. an took a cab into town. Nantucket is an old quaint New England town., cobblestone streets, wood shingle or clapboard sided houses, etc. The leading citizens were quakers who believed in simple dress but huge houses! Many are still intact and modern building codes require new construction to look like the old, protecting the aforementioned quaintness. We spent a few hours at the Whaling Museum, a must see on Nantucket. Then we hopped on a tour bus for the quick overview of the island. The island is 14 x 3.5 miles and its name comes from the 'Nanaticut' or “that faraway land” in the native language. Tommy Hilfiger, John Kerry, etc. etc., the island is the playground of many rich and famous individuals. Stopped at a cranberry bog and learned that the bogs are water free until they are flooded to harvest the cranberries which float free after being mechanically “agitated”, floating booms are then used to corral the berries.  That is what the guys in the commercials are standing in, corralled cranberries. Drove through the even quainter little village of Seconset (sic?) pronounced “Sconset”, which is an artists enclave. The island is really picturesque, in spite of the bazillion people swarming through town on a Saturday in the middle of August.

Flew back to the mainland for a nights rest at Bourne Scenic RV Park before heading north in the morning.
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