Ok, now we’re done. Which is good since 3/4 of us are now sick. My younger son and I are sporting head colds. My older son has been having a devil of a time since contracting Lyme disease. We’re pretty sure it happened while camping in Cooperstown. He’ll be fine, but there have been issues with prescriptions he was given.
We spent another week enjoying Cape Cod, celebrating my Dad’s birthday and my wife and my 15th wedding anniversary along the way. My in-laws were with us this time, and it’s always great to have more of our collective family gathered. We weren’t committed to a baseball clinic every morning this time, but the weather early in the week was gloomy. So, the first day, we tried to go bowling at Cape Cod Bowl. Mob scene. So we went home and watched The Incredibles and a splendid time was had by all.
The next day was more mixed, so we headed out to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, which, along with the Brewster tidal flats, has become one of my favorite Cape destinations in recent years. Lucky us, there was a beekeeping demonstration that day. Along with everyone else, I donned a fabulously fashionable bee-detering hat:
And followed our guide, feeling just slightly more like Neil Gaiman, which was a welcome sensation. We actually do talk every so often about adding beekeeping to the mix in our yard. Nothing serious, but we’re both intrigued, which is a good first step. The kids had a great time seeling lots of bees up close:
And let drones clamber all over their hands, arms, and headgear. Afterwards, we headed down the path to the tidal flats. It was my first time seeing them at high tide. At low tide, they are a massive expanse of sandbars and tidal pools. At high tide:
The sea has come in and created islands of grass. The whole area becomes one big wading pool, although you do need to keep track of where the two rivers that empty into it are or you’ll step off into a much deeper area. We knew where they were, so we just spent awhile wading around:
Looking for creatures. Mostly we just found a lot of hermit crabs and small fish. A couple of tiny blue crabs. Not nearly as many things as I’d hoped, so I wandered further and further out into channels between the grass islands:
Until my wife was shouting warnings about mythical marsh monsters and I was miming being dragged down out of view by them. What I really wanted was my bathing suit, face mask, and snorkel, but it wasn’t that warm so I hadn’t bothered. But it would have been loads of fun to swim the channels. Next time.
Meanwhile, my younger son was having fun including Snuffles (his stuffed armadillo) in the adventure. Snuffles climbed a tree (ok, with some help) to take in the view:
Before settling down on the beach to guard our stuff while we all wandered around in the water (he distrusts water, I’m told):
And, really, I can understand his feelings, because later on, after he did wind up taking a tumble into some sea water on the hike back, this is what was in store for him back at the house:
And, honestly, who among us would remember such an experience with fondness?
The weather turned more summery for the remainder of the week. We made a couple more trips to our favorite beach, getting absolutely pummeled by surf on the last day. We visited the Green Briar Nature Center, which is run by the Thornton W. Burgess Society. All of us love Burgess’ books and we have some collector worthy volumes along with quite a few mass paperback editions. A final night out to The Lobster Boat Restaurant and Cape Cod Creamery and we said goodbye to the Cape for another summer.
Back home, we went to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is deservedly getting a lot of positive critical attention and enjoying box office success. I had little interest in seeing it originally. I’m not among the long-term fan base of the franchise and the first trailer I saw focused mainly on the mayhem at the end. The onlyApes film I’d seen (2001’s Tim Burton version) was awful. But then I learned Andy Serkis plays Ceasar, the lead ape, and then I heard an interview with him about it, and then I saw a different trailer that focused more on the characters and story (almost too much so) and I was hooked. It’s worth seeing, both as a well-done science fiction film and also to observe the continuing evolution of motion capture performance acting. Recommended.
So, now I’m home, and real life is pouring in all around, and I really am trying to get healthy to tackle it all so I’m going to sign off and go to bed. ’til next time.