Drove to beautiful Cape Cod. The quickest was to the National Seashore is via route 6. For a more scenic one take 6A on the Northern rim or Route 28 on the Southern shore.
Cape Cod is a left over from the glacial Ice Age 10,000 years ago. Since then the mighty North Atlantic Ocean has been reclaiming it at about three feet per year. Within 1,000 years, the only way to see the cape is with Scuba gear.
All roads lead to Provincetown. I do not know what they were giving away, but the streets were packed with people. Restaurants and stores with all types of merchandise abound.
Accommodations are available for any price range. The focal point of the town is the 252 feet tall Pilgrim Tower, which commemorates the Pilgrims land on Plymouth Rock. The museum at the base of the tower holds artifacts from the Mayflower and the original Plymouth Colony. Stairs lead to the top of the tower with magnificent views of the Cape and Provincetown.
Ate lunch at Truro Cafe on Pond Road in Truru. Their specialty is a lobster sandwich, which I had. The road leads to the Highland Beach Light house and museum. On the property is one of the oldest public golf courses in the United States. Also on the property is the Jenny Lind Tower. The story is told that P.T. Barnum oversold a concert in the 1850s in Boston, MA, where Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale was to entertain. The crowds rioted. So she sang from one of the four towers of the concert hall. When the hall was demolished, the tower was brought to Cape Cod. On some nights residents say that they can hear Jenny’s voice singing from the tower.
The next stop was Marconi Beach with its lighthouse. At this point the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable was laid, seven copper wires thick. Sometimes the wire can be seen uncovered in the sand at low tide. Our final light house was at Nauset Beach. About a mile down the beach a researcher, who wrote The Outtermost House, lived. Nearby the Pilgrims first sighted land in the new world. The chose Plymouth, because the harbor was not adequate for their safety.
On the way back to the mainland (Cape Cod is cut off from it by a canal) Rte 6A takes you through the quaint towns of Orleans, Dennis,Yarmouth, Barnstable, and Sandwich. The winding road is one of the oldest highways in the nation, the Old King’s Highway. The Southern route, rte. 28, goes though Chatham, Harwich, Hyannis, Falmouth, and their East and West counterparts. This area is more built up, especially around Hyannis, where the Kennedy family has its compound. The only way to view this is by sea. From the Southern shore, the islands of Martha’s Vinyard and Nantucket are accessible via ferry. Nantucket was a major whaling community, but New Bedford took over that title of the largest, because of its deeper harbor. Martha’s Vineyard is notable for the Chappaquiddick incident involving Maryjo Kopeckne and Senator Teddy Kennedy back in the 60s.