The Iconic Whale Jawbones Archway At The Penniman House On Cape Cod

“The jawbones of a whale that have stood in front of the Captain Edward Penniman House in Eastham have been removed because they are a danger to the public, according to National Seashore officials.

In whaling communities, use of whale bones to mark a sidewalk or driveway entrance, or as a seaside landmark, dates from when whaling flourished in the 1700s through today. ”


The jawbone at the Penniman House at Fort Hill  was installed in 1969. The previous jawbone, installed in 1876, is on display at Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.

Penniman was one of the most successful whaling captains in New England. He retired at age 53 to Eastham. His home, which was sold to the National Seashore by his youngest granddaughter in 1963,  was restored two years ago and is a must if you come to Cape Cod.


Dancing White Egret At Nauset Marsh By Coast Guard Beach On Cape Cod

I was hoping to get a good photograph of this Egret as it was fishing in Nauset Marsh by Coast Guard Station. And then he looked like he was going to fly away so I clicked and this is what I got!

It looks like he is doing a ballet in the water. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

The Boats Are Back At Hemenway Landing On Cape Cod!

The kayaks and canoes and rowboats are all lined up and ready to go at Hemenway Landing in Eastham. It was such a treat to see all these colorful boats ready for that perfect day to go out and explore the waters of Nauset Marsh.

Hemenway Landing is a great launching spot where you can paddle out to Nauset Marsh, Orleans Town Cove or Nauset Spit and it is always spectacular!

Wild Turkey Loving The Trails At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

It was hilarious to see a Wild Turkey hiking the trails at Fort Hill. He followed  right along the side of the trail as if he knew the rules of a hiker. So funny!

Phil and I hiked down the Red Maple Swamp Trail over the boardwalk to Hemenway Landing. There is a bench there that overlooks Nauset Marsh that we love to sit on and watch whatever is going on., the birds, the boats, the clam diggers… There is always something going on.

Well, we were enjoying ourselves as the day was spectacular when along comes this Turkey! How did he get there? And he was still hiking along the side of the trail! It’s quite a distance away from where we saw him last.

And then we wondered if it was the same Wild Turkey that has been hanging out at our house… maybe he followed us?  🙂


Cape Cod daily articles on the wonderful Cape Cod places to hike, experience and photograph. A Cape Cod Outdoor Adventure Series.