We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Back from the Cape, where it's low 60s at night and high 70s during the day. North Atlantic weather. Ocean water low 60s, Cape Cod Bay water low 70s. Harbor water a tad warmer. We find it refreshing. Expect cold rain and fog every few days. Ate lots of Cod and Wellfleet oysters, of course - although Mrs. BD did sin against the Seafood Law with one fat burger with bacon and blue cheese. I declined to turn her in to the food police. We did manage to walk at least 3 hrs/day.
One of these days, I'll do a post about why I love semi-shabby and small-d democratic (also large D, however - Obamaland) Wellfleet so much, as compared to prosperous, well-groomed and preppy Chatham, or Eastham (comfortably rustic once you get off Rte. 6, but lacking a village), or rural Truro (also lacking a village), or any of the fully-developed, suburban-feeling mid-Cape towns. Until I do that, I'll just post my snapshots, as usual, and let them speak for themselves. 70% of Wellfleet is national parkland.
Duck Harbor, Wellfleet, last week, early morning. Dogs allowed, beer and tobacco allowed - but you cannot go without a town beach sticker. No lifeguards, of course: swim at your own risk pretty much everywhere, like the old days.
(Yes, my horizons always tilt to the right. I think it's a Learning Disability, or maybe my politics. So sue me.)
One of my firmest memories of many years at the Cape was Duck Harbor one very blustery early March day, the ice floes were piled up to that cut in the dunes to the parking lot. That wind was COLD.
Wellfleet has always been my favorite stretch as well. The whole Chequesset Neck/Griffin Island/Herring River stretch is the best part of the entire Bay. Newcomb Hollow to Marconi, just awesome beaches. Nice galleries in the village, great seafood, easy fishing off the pier to keep kids occupied. And that Outer Cape light the artists rave about is not restricted to Provincetown and Truro.
When my late father was scraping together his life savings to buy some bayfront land to build his own little cottage, he wasn't able to afford any Wellfleet sites, so our home base is in another town on the other side of the rotary. He loved his little seaside getaway, but he always regretted that we couldn't stay in Wellfleet. At least when on Cape we could easily visit for the day.
The Upper Cape is horrid, I haven't been to Falmouth or Hyannis in years, it might as well be the Jersey Shore.