Barnstable is a delightful little touristy town along Rt. 6A on the Bay side of the Cape. At the wrong time of day and with only my pocket-phone-camera to hand, I couldn’t resist a quick look around this old burying ground. Next visit shall be at a time more amenable to shadow and I’ll be aiming a Canon!
Practically on the spur of the moment the other day, I made my initial amble up Mahanna Cobble. It is a gently rising hike that pays off with a fresh view of Yokun Ridge, and I think I recognized Monument Mountain? As the hike gets underway, behind the condos at Bousquet on Dan Fox Drive, there are views of Mount Greylock! I’ll return soon, wondering where there may be an area with a look toward Greylock, as well as Monument Mtn.
It was sixty years ago that I first saw the cliffs near Truro, in the time before the Cape Cod National Seashore was instituted. Marconi Station is a must see for anybody visiting Cape Cod. No crowds, mind-blowing vistas, dunes, birds, seals… It’s always good to think thrifty; there are 3 “Marconi” places – administration, beach, and station. Crowds of people headed for the beach @ $25/car! The station, where I saw 2-3 dozen visitors all afternoon, is free, and is 100-200 feet above the shore!
I have a recollection of descending the dunes in 1960 in five or six giant leaps and tumbles. This time, I went to the edge, saw where people do descend, but stayed put! In fact, I got the same feeling I’ve felt at Glacier Point, and at Wheeler Peak, and walking the Brooklyn Bridge. Must be some sticky-memory hormone released by that feeling at the intersection of dare/fear.
Good fun observing birds during their 8 a.m. feeding at Sandwich near the northeast terminus of the Cape Cod Canal, August 2020.
A week camping in Sandwich, near the Cape Cod Canal was a nice change of pace – and place, after spending the previous twenty such at Tanglewood, now silent and still in Trumperica. It was sixty years ago that I first saw the cliffs near Truro, in the time before the National Seashore was instituted. Marconi Station is a must see for anybody visiting Cape Cod. No crowds, mind-blowing vistas, dunes, birds, seals…
The look of Tanglewood shuttered for the 2020 season in the Berkshires, which never needed a Tanglewood season of mind blowing music more than it does now. Sad to say the very wealthy B.S.O. has been very stingy in making the vast and comforting grounds available to the public they are so indebted to. Par for the course, in these sad times. Place is pretty though, no matter the weather.