This was such a pretty view looking out over the ocean at Cahoon Hollow Beach. The dunes are so high , they take your breath away.
Have you ever been there?
The Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail is a favorite for the entire family. There is so much diversity on the trail. (Click on blog link for other photos.)
It’s a beautiful hike through the woods and then on the boardwalk that takes you over the swamp. This time of year, it’s pretty dry, but in the spring and summer it can be really wet.
It’s not too long or too strenuous and there is so much to see that it’s perfect for the whole family. It’s one of our favorite trails any time of the year.
You can see by how the beach grass is planted that Cape Cod National Seashore is trying to control the erosion of the beaches.
“Planting beach grass on Cape Cod is one of the best natural ways to prevent land loss due to erosion in beach communities. While it may seem out of place at the beach, it’s been intentionally planted on US beaches since the 1700s to help prevent erosion.”
Beach grass helps prevent coastal erosion by stabilizing sand dunes on the beach. The beach grass achieves this by acting as a natural fence and having deep roots.
We were having a picnic lunch at Rock Harbor when I spotted this beautiful Long-tailed Duck diving for food in the harbor.
Did you know that “The long-tailed duck, formerly known as the oldsquaw, is a medium-sized sea duck that breeds in the tundra and taiga regions of the arctic and winters along the northern coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.” That sure is a long way to come!
Beautiful bird, don’t you think?