Exploring the Cape

Saturday, September 12, 2009
One of the requirements of vacationing with me is that we eat breakfast. One of the perks of having a hubby that has platinum status with Starwood hotels is free breakfast. These things work well together!

I made sure that Rhonda and I were up and moving early enough to get our breakfast before the 10:30am cutoff. We pretty much rolled out of bed at 9:45am and rushed through showers to make it on time. Of course, for two girls who can get ready in twenty minutes flat to catch a train to Boston this wasn't much of a feat! I was impressed with breakfast our first day at the hotel. It was cooked to order, which is always a nice surprise! I had french toast and Rhonda had pancakes. With a definite carb overload we were prepared for the day!

Our first adventure was to do a little geocaching in Eastham. Our first find of the day was the Lady Slipper Trail Cache. Nice little hiking trail that led to some AMAZING ponds! We soon found the Cape Cod Kettle Ponds cache and the Where's Widow Harding cache. We saw so many beautiful things! We even ran into a couple gathering mushrooms for their dinner. The one thing we didn't see was wildlife. No squirrels, no deer, not even a lowly skunk, thank goodness! It was surprising that we didn't see more animals in such a wooded, lovely area, but it was still an amazing place to visit.

We wanted to walk around more and see more of the trails, but, alas, my broken pinky toe had other ideas. I was already limping, so I didn't want to push it so early in the day. We did get a few pictures of the area. I can honestly say, though, that the pictures don't do justice to the beauty of the area. I've never seen water as clear as those ponds...

After leaving the kettle ponds we headed into Eastham to find another cache. This one was the Eastham Windmill cache. It was a little difficult to get to this one because there were muggles EVERYWHERE, but we were patient and found the prize! The scenery was amazing, too.

Here is a little information about the Eastham Windmill. You can find more information about the windmill and other activities in Eastham at this site: http://www.easthamchamber.com/Activities.cfm

THE EASTHAM WINDMILL, located on the green in the center of town, was built in Plymouth about 1680. It was moved to Truro in the 1770s and then to Eastham in 1793, first to where the National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center is now located, and then to its present site in 1808. Lovingly restored and maintained, it is both the oldest and and last working gristmill on the Cape. Owned and maintained by the Town of Eastham, the mill is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during July and August; 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

After roaming around and looking at the windmill, Rhonda and I were in definite need of some serious caffeine in the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle and a bit of chocolate. We headed across the street to the Eastham Superette. Who knew those were still around! Being inside the Superette made me think about going to the grocery store with my Papaw when I was a little girl. It smelled the same! They had everything you might need for a day at the beach or for cooking at home. There was fresh produce, a deli counter, and of course, COKES! Those were our saving grace!

After visiting the windmill and the Superette, we decided to head on up to Provincetown. And that, my friends, is a post that is all it's own!