Winter Walks on Cape Cod

One of my favorite Cape Cod activities is to walk the miles of deserted beaches after a Nor’Easter, marveling at the erosion and collecting random bits of flotsam and jetsam. Needless to say, I’ve been doing some serious beach walking after this recent (and ridiculous!) stretch of storms we’ve endured this month. Some of the more notable things I’ve seen are the North side parking lot at Herring Cove beach. The lot appears to be changing with the ever shifting sands and tides. Oh, Cape Cod National Seashore officials, you will be busy this spring! And who didn’t gawk at the Artimis, a 42-foot decommissioned dragger that now rests on the West End Breakwater. Thank you, March 2nd storm. Ever since it got stuck, there has been a steady stream of people walking out at low tide to check this old vessel out.

Marvel at Mother Nature

Moving a bit farther up Cape to Orleans, there’s Liam’s, the popular snack bar at Nauset beach that has been serving up awesome onion rings and fried clams for three decades. Now perched on a precarious ledge of sand, it makes for quite the sight. I grew up in Orleans and can’t get over how much Nauset beach has changed since I was a kid. The sand seems to be migrating south. It is what sand does around here, it comes and goes, reveals things here and covers them over there. At Nauset, 19th century carriage wheel tracks and horse hoof prints have recently emerged, carved into old layers of muck. They’re a good reminder that all this change is nothing new. Simply a fact of life. The only thing to do is wander along the shores, marvel at Mother Nature, and hang a few new washed up buoys on the barn out back!