Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Road Trip to Cape Cod - Day 4

Day 4 - Wednesday June 27, 2018

Today was a cloudy day and we decided to spend the day exploring Provincetown. Provincetown is a really cute harbour town with lovely gardens and shops. We wandered around the streets and took a moment to check out the Pilgrim monument.

We decided to join a whale watching tour while we were there, and journeyed out to sea. Logan was excited to see dolphins behind the boat as we headed out to find whales. We got to see a big humpback whale eating before making our way back to land.

After our tour we had dinner at a restaurant and I finally got to have a lobster roll!

On our way back to the hotel we stopped in Truro to walk along Head of the Meadow beach. If we were campers, this looked like a fun beach to camp at (there was a campground on the beach). There were warnings as we entered the beach about sharks, seals and jellyfish.

As we walked we were always being watched by the seals playing in the waves. 

We wanted to walk out to a sand bar where hundreds of seals were hanging out. We got nervous about the tide coming in so we didn’t walk as far as the seals. 

The tide was quite low as we were walking and Logan was pretty excited to have stumbled on a small shark with a bite out of it! This became a great science lesson!

It didn’t take long for Logan to find other kids playing on the beach who he quickly informed about the shark. It was quite the scene with all the kids and the dead shark! Before it got too dark, we got back in the car and made our way back to the hotel.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Road Trip to Cape Cod - Day 3

Day 3 - Tuesday June 26, 2018

The weather today was perfect for spending time on the beach! 
We woke up this morning and headed to a beach that we heard was great for small children: Skaket Beach. When we arrived, the tide was high, but the water was very shallow and perfect for little ones. You could walk very far out in the shallow water. Logan started his day with the boogie board, inspired by all the other kids riding in the waves!

Once finished ridding in the waves, Logan and Angus spent a good chunk of time building sand castes, destroying them and digging holes.  

As the day went on, the tide went out and revealed thousands of hermit crabs. Logan joined the hundreds of other children armed with nets and buckets. He made lots of friends who he teamed up with when collecting creatures. We caught about 25 hermit crabs, a baby crabby crab and saw many fish and sea snails. 

By dinner time, we were super toasty from the sun and decided to head back to the hotel to rest out of the sun for a bit. On our way back, we stopped at one of the many candy shacks to pick up saltwater taffy. 

Before sunset, we made our way back to Skaket Beach to watch the sun go down. Logan and Hamish were fully dressed, but couldn’t resist getting back in the water! We had a blast watching them play before heading back to our hotel for the night.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Road Trip to Cape Cod - Day 2

Day 2 - Monday June 25, 2018

We stayed in bed late this morning after a bit of a rough night with some noisy neighbours. 

After doing so much driving yesterday, our first stop was to spend some time outside and get our legs moving.  We headed out to the Dr. Seuss national memorial sculpture garden.  The garden is located amongst some gorgeous buildings in one of the historic areas in Springfield, MA.  The garden has a lovely path leading around several sculptures featuring well known Seuss characters.  We enjoyed looking at them all, and Logan especially loved pointing out all of the pink flowers and butterflies that he thought I might like to take home for my birthday (which is in October).

When we were finished at the garden we headed to Forest Park.  A large park that reminded us of Central Park in NY.  It had lovely ponds, boats, trails, and a zoo.

We did a little walk around the water garden area where we spotted fish, frogs and turtles!

Then went to the playground to burn off some more energy!

We decided to check out the zoo while we were there.  But i didn’t feel like it was a must-do.  The zoo was okay…small enough to see in an hour and had a large variety of creatures.  

Logan was captivated by the spider monkey and asked us if he could shoot webs (like spider man). 

By the time we finished at the zoo, we were ready for lunch and a good car nap as we continued on to Cape Cod. 

We reached our hotel around 4:00 and checked in before going out again.  We finished our peanut butter sandwiches and headed back out to explore an area that I heard is popular for spotting seals.  Theres a fishing pier in Chatham where the Seals like to hang out in hopes of finding scraps.  No wonder there are shark sightings here every year! There were so many seals! …and They’re really big!!!

My phone died before we left.  But the kids were beyond thrilled.  This was the highlight of the day for sure.  I think there’s truly something magical about seeing wild animals in their natural habitat (vs the zoo from earlier today).  Every time a seal lifted it’s head, both Logan and Hamish would squeal with excitement.  

We headed down to the sand beside the pier where the boys started working on throwing hand fulls of sand and sea shells back into the water.  They were soaked, and filthy! It was a blast!

Wrapped in towels, we headed back to the hotel for the night!