The Main Drag (Queen ?)

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today we headed out for the Cape.  We were going to spend some time at the beach even though we knew the water would be fairly cold.  We were guided at the visitor's center in Hyannis to the warmer water on the sound side.  We found ourselves at a beach called Kalmus.  It was a hot sunny day, not a cloud in the sky.  I guess we brought the sun with us because it had been cold and rainy the past week or so.  The beach itself wasn't all that great.  There was soft sand but hundreds of thousands of broken shells and rocks in amongst the sand making it impossible to walk on without shoes.  The water was okay (still cold by our standards) at 73 degrees, but it was full of seaweed.  The seaweed was very thick and it was full of trash. The kids had fun digging in the sand and splashing in the water.  Suddenly, a lifeguard in the distance blew her whistle, pointed out to the water where a middle aged man was in distress.  She jumped down, grabbed the life board, paddle to him where he was splashing and yelling "help, help!"  She pulled him up onto the board and saved his life.  Wow!  The kids respect the Ocean a little bit more after today.

After the drama, we decided to go into the town of Hyannis and eat lunch and try some local fare.  Rusty and Audrey both ordered some New England Chowder and Clark ordered what was called Finnan Haddie.  It makes me weak in the stomach just describing it.  It is basically biscuits and gravy with Cheddar cheese and chopped fish with bones and skin thrown into the mix.  YUM!  The kids soup had broken and they weren't sure if they were eating clams in a clear broth or what.  "All part of the adventure kids!"

Next stop.....Provincetown.  We wanted to make it to the very end of the Cape and that we did.  The large sand dunes that lined the drive along the sea shore gave way to a quaint and very busy town.  A small town with tons of people walking about.  We parked the car by the pier and started to walk about, ourselves.  Looking around at the boats and the water we were astonished at the sight we saw.  We couldn't believe how far out the water's edge was.  It seemed to be almost a mile it was out so far.  And just when we were in complete dismay, a man dressed in a bright purple cocktail dress, fishnet stockings, heels and carrying a matching parasol walked by.  Interesting, yes.  Of course the kids were slightly confused, but chalked it up to insanity.  So we moved on.    

We went in and out of the shoppes and found our way to the Pilgrim Monument.   The pilgrim's Mayflower landed at Provincetown first.  The Pilgrims spent 5 weeks exploring the tip of Cape Cod, before they sailed on to Plymouth. They also drew up and signed the Mayflower Compact, which established the rule of law for the new land.  Hence, a monument to honor the event.  So up the 252 feet of tower we went just like the lighthouses.  It was pretty easy to climb as they had ramps instead of stairs.  Really amazing the difference it makes.  There were fabulous views from the top of the tower and it was a pretty clear evening so we were able to see Plymouth.  

After descending the tower we went back down to the main drag to find men in their underwear and cowboy boots carrying signs for some theatrical event going on later that night.  The kids were once again confused. We honestly didn't have an answer for them. They chalked it up to a crazy night.  We entered a store named Marine Specialties.  What a place!  We could have spent a week in there. Often known simply as "the army-navy store," Marine Specialties is an eclectic trove of salvage, surplus, slight IRs, closeouts, overruns, misprints, mistakes, spare parts, odd lots, cast-offs, and new and nearly-new items.  It was packed with everything from $3 shirts, bobers, army pants, to a set of dishes from airlines that have gone out of business.    Who could ask for more?  Clark couldn't resist and picked up a $3 cheese cutter shirt.  Is it me or is it just a coincidence?  Hmmmm....

After enjoying a couple local artist's galleries, we headed towards the highly recommended Lobster Pot for dinner.  On our way there we encountered a man with waist long hair in a silk dress singing Barbra Streisand's "People".  He had a hand written sign that read "living out my dream at 72."  My kids didn't have any more questions. They had decided this was a place were anything goes! 

They were right, just then we turned around to find 2 men in dresses wigs, and full make upon bicycles riding by under a banner.  The banner was hung across the street and read "Family Week" and there were families everywhere.  I wonder what we would have seen had we been there on a different week?  One of the galleries even had said they removed specific artwork from the walls because of "Family Week."

We ate a great dinner and went back out to the water's edge to find that the tide had come in.  We couldn't believe it!  The boats that were stranded on the beach were now floating in water.  Things that were completely out of water and we never thought were in water were now completely submerged.  We had never seen anything quite like it. 

We started to head for home.  We hadn't realized how far we had driven from the "Convent" campground.  We had a 2 hour drive back to camp which put us back at around midnight.  We were sure we would be kicked out for breaking some curfew rule that we were unaware of, but we snuck in and went straight to bed.   

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