We found some wonderful new hikes in Orleans on Cape Cod from the Orleans Walking Trails brochure that you can pick up at the Town Hall. They are all close-by and very different.
The John Kenrick Woods Trail was a pleasant surprise with trails through the White Pine forest. This tall, straight lumber was coveted for flagpoles, as well as spars and planks for sailing vessels in the 1800s. There are also more than 75 Chestnut trees on the site. It is the only location in Massachusetts where chestnuts are reproducing.
It was a wonderful hike, especially on a nice fall day. I love hiking on pine needles… so soft and quiet.
We were driving down a one-way dirt road in Orleans the other day looking for a hiking trail from the Orleans Walking Trail Guide when we came across this gem, Arey’s Pond Boat Yard. It looked like an old boat yard from the 1950’s with their own sailing school nearby. We got out of the car and walked around. What a cool place.
We learned that Arey’s Boat Yard has been in existence for 60+ years. Wow! It was fun to learn about their famous Arey’s Catboat and take some photographs. Arey’s Pond is filled with many different kinds of sailboats, motor boats and dinghies. It obviously gets a lot of use as it empties into the Namequoit River and then out to Pleasant Bay.
I found this on their their web site: “Arey’s Pond Boat Yard is the builder of the world renowned APBY catboats. We offer a complete line of catboats, built right at our boat yard, including the 12′ Kitten, the popular 14′ Catboat, the 16′ Lynx and the 20′ Cruising Catboat. We also build a beautiful 20′ Power Launch, restore many wooden craft and, our latest project, the 18′ Arey’s Pond Daysailer.”
What an incredible place, like a diamond in the rough!
I was biking across the salt marsh a couple of days ago when I looked out and saw my shadow on my bike. It was very long on the salt marsh. I stopped and thought that it might make a cool photograph. So I got my iPhone and took one.
When I looked at it, I thought that something was wrong. I was facing the wrong way. You don’t ride a bike with your body facing sideways. So I maneuvered my camera while facing forward and this is what I got.
Fun, don’t you think?
And then I figured you’d get a good laugh when you saw my first one. Ha!
They are still a lot of surfers and stand-up paddle boarders on Coast Guard Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore. It was amazing to see so many people on the beach and surfers, both board surfers and stand up paddle boarders, on a beautiful September day.
We caught a few on our cameras but this paddle boarder was having a great time catching many, many waves.
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has so much to do for the entire family. Inside the visitors center is a small museum with lots of educational material. The kids will love the fish and turtles in the tanks. They might even see a Wild Turkey outside the huge windows.
Outside there are walks and hikes through the woods and out to the beach. There are lots of birds and wildflowers and butterflies. And, when you get to the beach, there is an awesome boardwalk that you can walk over to get to the beach.
On the boardwalk the kids can see all of the Fiddler Crabs which they just love as they scurry in and out of their little holes in the marsh.
Put the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on your list when you visit. So much fun and so much to see!
The last of the vacationers were having a blast at Rock Harbor a few days ago at low tide. It was really low and they could walk out really far.
It seems like they can walk out for miles. I bet they’re really enjoying the last few days of vacation!