I found out that when on vacation now, instead of partying all night, I am exhausted at 9 p.m. We are definitely getting our workouts in each day. Monday night till Tuesday morning was a nice gentle thunderstorm. Something about hearing the low rumbles of thunder through the night was very calming and nice. We sat out on the sun porch reading until the rain stopped and then walked to our now-favorite breakfast restaurant. After that, we explored a few more shops and talked to the shop owners. They all have wonderful stories of the Cape and their lives here.
We took a short ride to the town of Orleans. There we rented bikes and went on a bike trail called the Cape Cod Rail Trail. We went a total of 18 amazing miles.
We all felt really great to have completed that ride. The weather was perfect. Remember my sore heel that is keeping me from running/training? I thought this was a great way to stay off it and get in some cross-training. I took a step off my bike and went ‘ow’ when I stepped on my heel. But the second step took my breath away. Unbelievable pain. What the heck is going on???? Podiatrist appointment coming up when I get home.
Once back in Chatham, we went out to the beach and lighthouse. It was a beautiful evening and we sat on the sand for a while.
Then as we were reading the historical marker about the SS Pendleton, (the movie The Finest Hour) a gentleman there told us that he had been part of the restoration of the coast guard rescue boat and had reunited the daughter of one rescuer with the daughter of a stranded sailor. We loved hearing him tell us this story.
This is the view towards the actual location of the sinking Pendleton.
Wednesday morning (our last official day on the Cape) we woke to another blue sky. How did we get so lucky that we had beautiful weather every single day. We drove an hour and a half to Woods Hole where we caught a ferry to go to Martha’s Vineyard. I tried to get a picture to show you the size of this ferry!! Two tractor-trailers drove off it!
The view from the ferry.
Approaching Martha’s vineyard
We explored several of the towns, including Vineyard Haven and Edgartown. Is this storefront adorable or what?
And then with our arms filled with bags of
necessities, gifts, more things we couldn’t do without, we headed back on the ferry to the mainland. Another stop in Falmouth (one of my favorite towns) and then home. We stopped at a restaurant and then an ice cream shop to nourish our exhausted bodies. We nourished WAY.too.much.
Gotta get up early – we head off the cape in the morning. This has been an absolutely fabulous memory-making time with my 3 sisters.