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Friday, July 22, 2016

a day on Cape Cod

My mom and sister spent the better part of this week in Provincetown. I joined them for a day, walking in town, then in the very special Cape Cod National Seashore.

I liked the quote on the National Park Services entry page for this beautiful National Seashore:

"A man may stand there and put all America behind him."
Henry David Thoreau

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life.

We spent most of our beach walking time at Head of the Meadow Beaches in North Truro. There was a visible sand bar protecting the gray seals that were bobbing in the water. As we watched the seals climbed onto the sand bar. I wonder if the seals realized that a shark warning sign was flying on the beach.

There were areas of beach closed for the piping plover and least tern nesting season. In some places the closures were close to the grass-covered sand dunes; in others they extended to the high tide line.

gray seals

More photos from this quick visit can be seen in the gallery glimpses :: Cape Cod National Seashore.