We Made Our Own AllTrails Hike At Nickerson State Park On Cape Cod!


We have had so much fun with the AllTrails app which is so easy to use. We made a loop called Water Views & Forest Loop where you hike along the ponds at Nickerson State Park and then back through the pine forest. It is so beautiful. The map of the hike is at the end of the blog.

You start out hiking along the banks of Cliff Pond and Little Cliff Pond and then head back through the pine forests. It doesn’t get much prettier. You can add photos to the hike too. If you take them with your phone and download them to the app, they will pop up along the trail on the map where you took the photograph. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

Harp Seal At Boat Meadow Creek On Cape Cod!


Boat Meadow Creek has frozen over in the past few days. When we  were driving by yesterday morning we saw something large on the ice and we had no idea what it was.  I got out of the car to investigate (hope you enjoy the whole story with photographs).

It was a Harp Seal that was resting on the ice. According to volunteer Andrea Spence, soon to be an intern at IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), Harp seals migrate from the Arctic and are very comfortable on ice and ice packs. As long as they are moving and stretching, they are fine. This seal was doing both. It must have made its way  up the creek from Cape Cod Bay, maybe before it was frozen over.  (We’ve kayaked this part of Boat Meadow Creek in the summer and this is a long way up the creek from Cape Cod Bay.)

“IFAW is a global non-profit organization that protects animals and the places they call home.” Andrea is based out of IFAW in Yarmouth Port, MA and helps to monitor marine mammal rescue and research. She was very informative as I clicked away.

You can see by the photos that this guy was quite at home on the ice. I especially like the photo where his back flippers form a heart.

Quite a surprise for a Sunday morning as you can see me photographing the seal from the bridge! Have you ever seen a Harp Seal?



Kent Point In Orleans On Cape Cod… Horizontal or Vertical?


We took a hike at Kent Point in Orleans the other day and it was gorgeous with a blue, blue sky and warm temps. Kent Point has such interesting history. (There is another photograph at the end.)

“The Town acquired the Kent’s Point Conservation Area in 1988 after years of planning to preserve the property. The property was subject to a life-estate retained by the seller, Miss Charlotte Kent, who lived to be 100 years old. Her house was removed from the site after her death in 1997.

This land contains more than a mile of undeveloped shoreline.  The main trail to the former Kent house site goes up the center of the property leading to a handicapped-accessible boardwalk overlooking The River and the northern portion of Pleasant Bay. ” You can also walk along the shore or on some of the smaller hikes off of the main road.

Phil and I decided to take a horizontal and a vertical photograph from the beach looking out onto Pleasant Bay. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. What do you think?

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