Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trapped in a Saturday Night Live routine...


Anyone remember the "Boston teens" routine with Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch?  It was wicked awesome!

Knowing we had an easy day today (less than 30 miles to the next RV park where we have reservations), we were in no hurry to get out before the 11:00 checkout time in this park.  Izzy got to have a nice long walk before I started unhooking utilities.  I put her back inside while getting the coach ready to go.  She sat by the door, forlornly...


This next campground is still in the Cape Cod area, at Plymouth.  Yes, that Plymouth - the one with the rock and the Pilgrims.

As we rolled into the next park, Joan said, "Does it seem to you like each new park gets more rustic than the one before it?"

Yep.

I have mentioned "wooded" in a few posts in the last week or three.  This place is wooded.

When I went into the office to check in, they had most of our information, so it was a reasonably quick process.  A young lady was training an older lady - after showing me on the map how to get to our site, the young lady asked, "Anything particular you will be doing while you're here?"

"Well, we were thinking of doing a whale watch trip."

"Oh my God, you have to go out with Captain John - he is wicked awesome!  I've been out with them, and every time I go, we have seen like 5 whales.  It is wicked cool!"

I asked, "Is it wicked awesome or wicked cool?"

She replied, "Yeah!"

We headed to our site, stopping to unhook the Honda.  Yep, this is definitely more rustic than anyplace we've been this trip.  But, they do have full hookups, including cable.  I had to back uphill and between trees to get into our site, while Joan guided.  Once in place, we went to work getting settled in (we'll be here for 3 nights)...




Little Izzy was at the door, waiting for her chance to go outside...


I opened the door, let her out, and reached inside for her leash.  She waits for me to hook her up before we head out for a walk.  "Oh, this place smells way different from the last place!"


We walked down the road a bit, letting her "stretch her legs" after that (not) long drive...


I saw something move up head of us...


It's a mouse.  I made a little noise, thinking that would scare it off before Izzy noticed it... the mouse was obviously used to people.  Iz saw it and went into high alert - she generally doesn't strain at her leash, but she wanted that rodent.  I managed to distract her while the mouse finally ran off.  Time for the people in this family to get some lunch, so back to the coach.

We drove into town, had lunch, then down to the harbor...




We stopped at the wicked awesome Captain John's booth and bought tickets for a whale watch for tomorrow morning.  A light rain this afternoon, supposed to get heavier this evening, then a 20% chance for tomorrow morning - we'll take our chances and dress accordingly.

We checked out more of the harbor area...



Yes, those people are on the beach, in the light rain.  Some views of boats...



Some ice cream (on this drizzly 65ยบ day), then back to the coach.  Izzy wanted to go for another walk; I told her we will have to see if it stops raining.  She settled in on the dash...

I mentioned "wooded"... the view out our dinette window...



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The search for water...


No, we aren't parched - today, we headed for the Cape Cod National Seashore.

There is a definite John F. Kennedy influence in this area.  This morning, after breakfast in Hyannis, we drove through the town.  Joan wanted to stop at the JFK Memorial Park.  I was enjoying the sights - like this...


Exactly what I think of when I think of a "Cape Cod style home."  We also found a beach and some water, right there in Hyannis...



On to the JFK Memorial Park...



And, a view of some water (and geese - watch where you step)...



I didn't know these water views would later be hard to come by.  We took off on Scenic Route 6A, heading for the National Seashore.  This should have been a hint...


An understatement.  We drove through town after town... some quaint, some tacky, some artsy... but, the water was always on the other side of the homes.  Past inns and some lovely homes...


Past endless beach shops, motels, bars, and miniature golf courses...


And the rare glimpse of water (between houses).

We pulled into the first National Seashore Visitors Center.  You might think it would be near the seashore.  Nope.  There was a water view out the window...


... of a pond.  We watched a short movie of how Mother Nature created Cape Cod, and walked through the muesum (both nicely done).  In one room, there were posters of the many National Parks created during Kennedy's abbreviated term...


Padre Island National Seashore was one of those (in 1962).  From there, we tried to get to the seashore... the parking was full.  You could take a shuttlebus... the parking for the shuttlebus was full.  Yep, summer in Cape Cod.  While searching for parking and the seashore, we did come by a lighthouse...



On with the tour: we headed towards Provincetown, and another section of the National Seashore.  Out of the park and more touristy stuff.  On the other side of the island/peninsula, we thought we might see some seashore - nope; the closer we got to Provincetown, the thicker the population of rental cottages, all along the shore...




And another glimpse.  I have trouble finding the words to describe Provincetown, since I haven't seen a sea-side tourist area with so many rentals and other buildings tucked into such a small area.



This would be an alley where I come from - it is a street here.

Going back down the other side, we stopped at the other Visitors Center in the park, nearest Provincetown.  This one had an observation deck on top...





Still not what I would call "seashore"... some of those images that show water were taken with a telephoto lens.

Since we could only find an RV site for two nights, our time here is limited; we'll be moving 30 miles or so, to Plymouth (of Plymouth Rock fame) tomorrow, so we will have more time to explore that area.

I am sure if you were headed to the beach for the day, got there early, paid to park, and took the shuttlebus to the beach, this place would be a delight.  Especially on a beautiful day like today: the weather weasels hit it right on with sunny skies and mid-70s.  I will say it was interesting driving around today.

Again, it really makes me appreciate what we have for a beach at home.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Muffy, let's head to the Cape...


Cape Cod, that is.

We have been doing quite well with our 2/2/2 Rule.  We only went 150 miles or so today, but it took us about 4 1/2 hours to do so.  Traffic and road construction slow-downs were the norm.

Heading out of the Kennebunkport area this morning...



We hadn't wandered south during our last stay - we discovered that the Wells (south of Kennebunkport) is even more touristy... and business must be booming.



We saw a LOT of "No Vacancy" signs out.  We also saw these signs...


Apparently, there are people here who levitate bikes over their heads.  Enough so that they need to post signs to look out for them.

Once we were well south of that area, the road cleared out...


Leaving Maine, heading into New Hampshire...



We didn't have a lot of miles in New Hampshire, then it was on to Massachusetts...



And, more traffic...


I had originally figured we'd be into the RV park in Cape Cod around 2:00...


Nope; with 35 miles to go, it would be 3:00.  No, we aren't on a schedule.  But, we're getting close...



While I checked us in at the RV park, Joan unhooked the CR-V, and we pulled into our site...


Yep, another heavily wooded site.

After yesterday's rain and the driving day today, little Izzy was in dire need of some outside time.  So, before going anywhere, she and I took a walk, then some time in our site...




Then, supper early for her - a very contented kitty.  Joan and looked around the RV resort: there are a lot of "all season" renters here, including a good portion of the sites with permanent park homes...


Part of the resort is on a peninsula, with a pond (I'd call it a lake) surrounding that on 3 sides.  Some sites have a dock, and there are a couple beaches...



A bit too chilly for folks to be out there today (only in the 60s), but tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and mid to upper 70s.

It is a nice resort, but we won't be spending much time here; two nights is all we could get... the lady at the office shrugged it off: "It's July and August in Cape Cod - everybody is full."  We plan to get out tomorrow to see the Cape Cod National Seashore.

After our tour of the park, we drove around the area... discovered a massive shopping complex at Mashpee.  No, we didn't stop; nothing we needed, but it was worth a drive-through.  We stopped for supper down the road a bit - a nice, relaxing way to wrap up the day.

Back to the coach, and some more outside time for Izzy.  While walking her, a little girl riding by on her bicycle stopped and asked if she could pet her... "Yes, but she is shy, so go easy and don't scare her."  She was gentle.  Then, another girl, and more petting.  Then, a little brother who wasn't so gentle... Izzy was done.  She and I walked back to the coach and sat outside until the chill drove us in.  I'm guessing we'll be running some heat tonight, again.