Tag Archives: Cape Cod National Seashore

Looking Back Toward Coast Guard Station On Cape Cod.

There is quite a large pond that has formed right near the end of Coast Guard Beach by Nauset Spit. You used to be able to  walk the trail part-way back on the marsh side of the beach, but I’m not sure if that is possible now. Does anyone know if that trail is walkable?

Our First Butterfly Of The Season On The Beech Forest Trail In Provincetown On Cape Cod.

We saw our first butterfly of the season on the Beech Forest Trail. What a treat! It was a Mourning Cloak butterfly and it was just gorgeous! (Click on blog link for other photo.)

We saw a “flutter” on the trail but, by the time we realized what it was, it had flown away. We never expected to see a butterfly in April! By the time we finished our hike, we had seen about 10 of them on the sandy trail, in the trees and on the bushes.

“In their adult form, Mourning Cloaks showcase a rich maroon or brown hue when their wings are spread, bordered by pale yellow edges and accented with black and iridescent blue spots. The underside of their wings presents dull gray striations, maintaining the pale yellow borders.”

You can see by the 2nd photo how they camouflage right into their surroundings when their wings are closed. Have you seen any butterflies yet this spring?


The Boardwalks On The Beech Forest Trail In Provincetown On Cape Cod.

We’ve hiked the Beech Forest Trail hundreds of times and have never seen it as wet as it is this spring.  (Click on blog link for other photos.)

Thank goodness the Cape Cod National Seashore has done such a great job installing the many boardwalks along the trail. They certainly are needed to keep dry this year.

Have you hiked the Beech Forest Trail lately? The reflections in the little pools are really pretty.

Overlooking Nauset Marsh On Cape Cod Is Always Gorgeous.

Overlooking Nauset Marsh is always gorgeous, no matter what time of the year or what the weather is. I love this view from the picnic area by Coast Guard Station, even on a dark, cloudy day. It’s always been one of our favorite places!