Today—I’m not making this up, it was on the calendar in our Cape Cod Guide—is National Lobster Day. We couldn’t let such an important holiday go by, so we celebrated appropriately. But first…
When we dragged ourselves out of bed this morning it was a beautiful, sunny day. The first of its kind on this trip, as the rest have been grey and gloomy. So we decided to go to the tip of the Cape and visit Provincetown, or as the locals call it, “P-Town”.
It’s just up the road from the Nauset Light, a fact that would escape us for about 9 hours. Did I mention Rosemary was driving? And yet, we all survived intact. Anyhow, we eventually achieved Provincetown and spotted the Wood End Light. (The lighthouses are all called “lights” rather than “lighthouses”; I don’t know why.)
It’s called Wood End (we learned) because it stands where the woods used to end before deforestation mania took hold and nearly took the Cape with it.
…where I bought one of these to replace my defunct backyard swing. SO comfortable! SO happy! SO glad Southwest Airlines allows 2 checked bags for free!
We strolled through the town. Provincetown is one of those locales where alternative lifestyles are not so alternative, but it’s not high season yet so we missed the big drag queen parade (thank goodness, I just hate it when a guy in a dress is prettier than me!) and various similar activities. It was mostly traditional family groups today.
After all that, the memories get a little hazy. There was a trolley ride—excellent tour of the town & National Seashore, I recommend it! More shopping…I believe ice cream made an appearance somewhere along the way…and then we went hunting for more lighthouses. Which we found!
And apparently, when a lighthouse’s services are no longer required, they’re sent to retire in a forest:
These three used to stand much closer—much, much closer—to the cliffs before they were replaced by the Nauset light and now hide in a clearing in the middle of the woods. Bless their hearts.
There’s more, but all that sunshine and walking and digesting and climbing hills and walking on rocks has taken its toll. My companions have already crashed (fully clothed and snoring ferociously, I might add) and it’s time I did, too. (I think I’ll change into my jammies first, though.)
See you tomorrow!