Everybody's plans sounded nice. Hope some of you have today off from work, too. I do but am heading in for a few hours of "catch up" at my desk while nobody's around. (Still getting up insanely early -- on Pred -- so may as well.)
Ivy -- virtual trip to Cape....hmmmmm.
Well, I'll skip the part that involves days of fretting about
exactly when to leave to avoid traffic...let's assume we've arrived calmly in under 2 hours from Boston
The most exciting part is going over "the bridge" -- one of two bridges that connects the Cape to the mainland. I go over the Sagamore. We always cheer when we cross over and somehow even though it's just highway on the other side, it instantly feels "vacation-y" once you've over.
(Long post warning)
My mother and sister both live on the Cape, near but not on the water. First thing we do is admire the garden, have wine and cheese and often, since I'm coming from the city and dying to see the water, I drive about
2 miles over to a small beach and take a long walk -- often with the sunset. There's a long dock that I love to walk on and see the fishing boats either unloading, or just docked there. There's something about
those little clanging noises of the riggings against the masts (combined with the smell of salty air) that just makes stress melt away.
In the morning, I get up early and take my beach chair, umbrella, book and a thermos of coffee (if I'm good with CD) or tea (if I'm in a flare) over to a bigger beach with a big beautiful arc of shoreline and houses up on the dunes. I love to get there before 8. I usually start with a long walk along the water with my ankles in the water and then settle in for almost the whole day. At various points, family drops by to join me, but sometimes I'm alone, which I also love. I like to stay ALL DAY. I never get bored. If it's high tide (my favorite) I always, always, always go swimming - even if it's cold. I love the salt water, floating,...all of it. If it's low tide, I walk way out on the sand bar. My kids are big now, so we don't collect minnows and hermit crabs anymore but I still pick up pretty shells, and am always looking for heart shaped rocks.
I have a crazy thing I've done for years which is put on the big SPF sunscreen and then top it with the good smelling coconut oil of my youth -- Hawaiian Tropic. Then, I feel protected but smell beach-y. By the end of the day after all the walks, swims and re-applications of sunscreen, I'm a deleriously happy sandy, salty, oily mess.
In the late afternoon, back to the house for a shower (feels wonderful!) sometimes a nap. Either a barbecue for dinner or sometimes out to dinner at a seafood place. Once in a while, an outdoor concert or play at the local playhouse -- mostly though I'm home for a movie or going to bed early.
Next day, I either head back to the beach (depends on weather) or I go shopping. Lots of little places tucked in along a tree-lined historic road called 6A. Shops and art galleries interspersed with shingled gray Cape Cod houses with beautiful gardens. I have a few favorite places that I like to check out and I've been collecting paintings from the Cape for years. Or, I head to one of the towns that has a walkable downtown -- Provincetown (where my mom lived for more than 25 years and I worked summers as a teen), Chatham. Browsing, shopping, lunch. You could spend a whole week in each.
Other days, sometimes a visit to the flea market with the kids -- or a bike ride along the dunes or on the Cape Cod Rail trail, which goes for miles and connects to the National Seashore. I'm a wimp though and hate being super hot so I rarely do the bike trail in the summer. If I'm staying longer, a ferry ride over to Martha's Vineyard is fun. Somehow, I've never been to Nantucket even though I've been spending summers on the Cape for over 40 years.
I tend to stay away from the big touristy spots and traffic-y drive times like Fridays and Sundays. It's mostly just reading, relaxing, enjoying the beach and cozy small villages.
Ivy -- hope you can get there some day -- or that you have a wonderful relaxing vacation in another fabulous place!
Official dx September 2007. currently flaring (June 2010) with colitis
Medications: Pentasa, Omeprazole, Prednisone, 6MP
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, take Levoxyl), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
47 years old; single mom to three wonderful kids, ages 12 to 18.