In March of 2015 I took my kayak out for the first time for the year. I kayaked at least once a month every month through the rest of 2015. I was bale to get out in the water in January and February of 2016, so I ended up kayaking at least once a month through all of 2016. And then I was able to get onto the water in January and February of 2017 as well. I figured I had it made.
Mother Nature had different ideas.
See the photo at the top of the page? This is where I kayak. Do you see water? Neither do I. I see only snow and ice.
It is cold. It is very cold. We occasionally have cold snaps like this in late January. We never have cold snaps like this in December!
So I did not kayak in December. I was here a couple of weeks ago, but there were gale force winds the entire time – kayaking in those winds is not the smartest thing to do when the temperature was hanging just slightly above freezing. I decided to wait.
Oh well, I almost made it. I don’t think I’ll get every month in 2018, either. Oh well….
A day swimming at the beach on Cape Cod… in October?
It is October in New England. Summer is a distant memory. We have chill nights and walks in the woods full of color.
Or that’s the way it is most years.
The colors aren’t’ bright this year and the air is warm.
I did a long paddle on my kayak today, ending at South Village Beach in West Dennis, MA. That is on Cape Cod. The beach is where Swan River meets the Ocean (actually, Nantucket Sound). I started up in Swan Pond.
After getting to the beach, I waded in the water, going deeper and deeper. Finally I dunked my head under. And then I swam for about 5 or 10 minutes. I didn’t have a towel, so I air dried.
Remember, this is October in New England.
OK, I hiked Franconia Ridge last November and swam off of Cape Cod this October. I have kayaked every month (on the Cape) for almost 30 months straight. So what will next year bring? Sun bathing in January?
Look at that number: 88! Isn’t that a great number? It reminds me of my very favorite Schoolhouse Rock video, Figure 8. Yeah, I said Schoolhouse Rock ;) The song is simple, as they all are, but the arrangement is great, with some good counter melodies. And, of course, they got the jazz great Blossom Dearie to sing. Oh, here is the video:
No, that isn’t my smile. :) Actually, in some ways, my smile is a repeat.
I spent last week on Cape Cod. I was there a little over a week, but took a week off of work. My parents joined me for 6 days of it. This is my usual end of summer vacation on the Cape, a tradition I’ve been keeping for about a decade. Continue reading →
Since I need to go through all of the photos I took in Colorado and I know I’ll be taking 1000 more photos at the end of the month, so I decided to edit some photos I took the last weekend in July when I was down on Cape Cod. This was a short trip to the cottage, so not tons of photos, but a couple of pretty good ones. Or at least I like them ;)
Not a great photo, but I thought it was cool to see a bunch of seal off of Chapin Beach (in the full photo there are about a dozen others stretched out in a line). Continue reading →
I was on Cape Cod for a week in late June of this year. As usual, I took a ton of photos. I finally got a chance to dig through them. There were just too many ;) The hard part was weeding them out and picking my favorites. Not always the best. For instance, I like this Osprey with a stick:
Not as good as the photo at the top of the page, but I like the stick. I actually took a few photos of osprey with sticks, and some with fish, but most didn’t come out very well. Continue reading →
The other day I went down to one of my favorite little walks, Bells Neck in Harwich. I got out of the car and walked towards the herring ladder. There is a pool of water above the flume, a little smooth inlet away from the main pond. I saw a bird between the parking lot and the water, a largish bird. Not eagle big, or Great Blue Heron big, but something with the body the size of a Canadian Goose but a much shorter neck.
I walked pretty close, and it only half watched me. But then I got Fiyero out of the car and it lifted it’s head and kept a sharp, red eye on the dog.
I wasn’t sure what it was, but it looked familiar. I thought “Loon”, but it was the wrong color. Besides, I had never seen a Loon on the Cape. In Canada and northern Maine, sure, but Cape Cod? Nope. Continue reading →
Something new and Different, some photos from Cape Cod! The weather wasn’t great so I didn’t make it out a lot, but i do like some of these. Also still getting used to the new camera. We’ll get there with it.
One I point to point out because the photo itself isn’t great, but I love the subject. Look at the size of that fish this osprey has! And look at the crow. Soon a couple of other crows joined it. They came closer and closer to the osprey. I think the osprey finally ate the fish. but I didn’t see it happen. Continue reading →
I always post a lot of photos from Cape Cod, and have done a late April post every year. I wasn’t 100% happy with my late April photos this year, but I am a bit happier with the ones I took in mid May.
Every year I do a short “Spring Break” on Cape Cod and every year I do a photo post when I get back. I feel a little bad this year, because I took so few good photos, but I’m going to post some anyway.
From my Weekly Smile last week:
I took a short vacation at the end of last week. yes, I only visited my cottage on Cape Cod, which I typically do a couple of times a month, but I took time off of work. Continue reading →
As those of you who read my Coffee Share may be aware, I was down at my cottage on Cape Cod over the weekend. I was eating breakfast on Sunday morning, going over what I needed to do before I left when I noticed movement outside.
A quick note here before I continue. Our cottage is the second cottage down the road. There is a street just past the first cottage. Across that street is a public landing out onto Swan Pond, a small brackish water body of water. This is where I usually kayak. Next to our kitchen table/dining area there is a glass sliding door that looks across our neighbor’s yard to the landing and onto the pond.
Seeing the movement in my peripheral vision, I turn and look out of the window. There was a deer just right there. It moseyed deeper into my neighbor’s yard. I grabbed my camera, but the telephoto lens wasn’t on. Oh well, I stuck my head out of the front door. The deer was then in my neighbor’s parking area. I took a couple of quick photos and then slipped back in to put on the telephoto lens. I knew I didn’t have much time because I could hear voices coming up the street, and I could tell that the deer was listening to those same voices. Continue reading →