I absolutely adore Cape Cod. We often talk about living here some day. But for now I have to settle for a handful of weeks each year. So when my time here is over I get very despondent and just want to soak in as much of the area's beauty and fun as possible. So today, in between loads of laundry and packing I stole a few minutes to take in a visit to Fort Hill, Penniman's House, the Eastham windmill, and to Stage Harbor in Chatham.
Funny story about our trip to Penniman's House. The visit went great. Hot Lava was telling me about how he played the game camouflage when he visited here with his camp. It was a delightful walk to find the box. A really great hidey hole. It was a little buggy as we rounded a bend but then as it opened up to the view the bugs left us alone. Just then we spooked a large deer who bounded away from us.
We sat on the bench and logged in while taking in the views of Fort Hill. As I was putting my stuff back in my bag I realized that I didn't have my car keys. I began to freak out a little so Hot Lava and I booked it back, retracing our steps, looking for my dropped keys. We didn't see them. We raced to my car and realized that not only had I left the car open, but I had left the keys in the car as well. I guess I was just so excited about getting my fix of letterboxing that I spaced out.
Since we had to drive right past the Brooks Academy to get back home, we decided to stop by. Much to our surprise, there was an artisan show set up right in the sunken garden.
We milled around and I made a few purchases. Cape Cod artisan shows are the best places to get one-of-a-kind gifts! So I stocked up on a few.
I was milling around, surreptitiously reading the clues and following the directions. Once I figured out where the box was exactly located I put my purchases down and pretended to arrange all of my bags while I reached down and took care of business of retrieving and logging in. I don't think anyone even noticed anything out of order. It was perfect: letterboxing AND shopping all in a beautiful and historic spot. What a wonderful combination!
Fortunately there were benches nearby three of the four boxes because there was a man hiking behind us who apparently thought I was relieving myself at the first box. I was squatting down to retrieve it and he kindly gave me some space and looked the other way. He was so quiet and stealthy I didn't realize how close behind us he was. It would have been *even more* awkward if he thought I had to "go" again and again (and again) at the other boxes. HA!
I knew Kent's Point was a popular spot to walk your dog but I had no idea! Everyone and their brother was walking their dogs at Kent's Point today! We were the only ones with our dogs on a leash. Seriously, are leashes not required in this park? And what about poop bags? Also not required apparently. Ick. Hot Lava got a hot mess all over his shoes. :(
Great walk for us and the dogs, though. Nice views. I was able to find A-bear lying low as well as work out some clue updates for Licks.