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Great Trail At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod has a lot of great trails to hike. This is one of our favorite’s… through the woods, across the salt marsh and then out to the beaches, as long as it is not near high tide!! ūüôā

 

 

Silver Spring Loop Trail At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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The Silver Spring Loop in one of my favorite hikes at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod. The trail meanders along the spring (which looks like a very long pond) so you can see lots of birds and maybe some wildlife. A wooden bridge takes you cross the spring where the trail  continues through the huge pine trees.

So much diversity along such a pretty trail. Pretty, don’t you think?

We Almost Got Stuck At High Tide At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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What a morning we had at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod! It was a gorgeous day for a hike so we headed out on the trail to the beach. You have to go over a little boardwalk when you get to the marsh and then onto a trail and then over a longer boardwalk to the beach on Cape Cod Bay. It is just spectacular!

Well, we got to the first little boardwalk and walked across and onto the trail to the next boardwalk. We couldn’t walk very far because a lot of it was underwater! We had not been there in a long time and thought maybe the coastline or marsh had changed and the water was higher. You can see it going under water on both ends.

So we turned around and started back down the trail. Oh no! When we got to the first boardwalk, it was under water! How would we get across? We could see the water rising pretty fast, so we quickly took off our shoes and socks, rolled up our jeans and waded across. Not what we expected to do in February!

We tried taking the loop trail back but the water was rising very quickly and we could see the trail being swallowed up. We could hear it gurgling in the marsh. It was a pretty eerie sound. Instead of getting stuck again, we opted to turn around and, hopefully, make it back to the original trail before the water did.

We made it to the trail and sat on the bench for a while and watched the water coming in. We couldn’t believe how fast it rose. You can see the first boardwalk in the center of the last photograph. It looks like a little white square surrounded by water. And that water was pretty deep!

So… some wet sneakers and dirty feet, but all in all, a very interesting and unnerving adventure! Lesson learned: Do not hike this trail an hour before or after high tide!

 

Pretty Pink Water-Willow Wildflowers At The Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod

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If you hike the Silver Spring Trail along the river at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, you will see beautiful  pink Water-Willow wildflowers all along the sides of the river. They are so pretty.

Water-Willows are a native, ¬†aquatic shrub with magenta flowers whose 5 petals grow in whorls where the bright green leaves join the stems. The flowers are small, 1/2-1″ while the plants grow to be 3-9 feet.

I saw these vibrant pink wildflowers flowers a couple of weeks ago. They were spectacular! Have you ever seen a Water-Willow?

Terrapin Turtle Cages At The Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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As you walk the trails at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, you will come across many of these little cages.

“Members of the Day Habilitation program make cages to protect the endangered Diamondback Terrapin Turtle population. This spring they made 25 cages.

These protective cages are delivered to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary when finished. The staff there knows just where to put the protective cages, since the turtles nest in the same areas every year.

At the end of the summer, the cages are removed after the turtles have hatched. The terrapins, about the size of a quarter, make their way back to the marshes.”

Very interesting…