|a blue and yellow gingerbread cottage in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard|
|nice Cape Cod welcome!|
|The Bared and Bended Arm of the Sea|
|Plymouth Rock, marked 1620 when the Pilgrims came|
Heralded as The Bared and Bended Arm in the Sea, Cape Cod was formed as the recessional moraine of a glacier, resulting in a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean. But in 1914, the Cape Cod Canal was cut through the base, forming what may be loosely termed an island. Unofficially, it is one of the biggest barrier islands in the world, shielding much of Massachusetts, including Boston, from North Atlantic storm waves but also suffering erosion of its cliffs, at the same time.
|Mayflower II, the ship that carried the Pilgrims to our shores|
|the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Hyannis|
At its shoulder is Plymouth where the Plymouth Rock and a replica of Mayflower II are well-known tourist attractions. The Monument to our Forefathers, on the other hand, is a hidden gem! In the middle of the upper arm is Hyannis where the Kennedys maintained a compound, now donated for government research, though still closed to the public. The city also has an elegant JFK Memorial and a simple JFK Museum surrounded by Rose Kennedy’s roses. Harwich, Chatham, and Brewster counties form its elbow. There, at the Stony Brook Grist Mill, we saw a herring run.
|where the herring ran, beside the grist mill at Stony Brook|
|remnants of the Marconi's site for the US station|
in the first transatlantic wireless transmission to the UK
|Steamship Authority ferry to Martha's Vineyard|
|Tabernacle in the middle of the Camp of gingerbread cottages|
Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
|Ricky and Megan with us at Coop de Ville harbor resto|
|the island of Chappaquiddick with its ferries|
|found my spot of yellow daisies |
at the end of North St. in Edgartown.
New Bedford was once the richest city in the world; it was the center of the great whaling industry and now its Whaling Museum is the largest in the world. Beside it is the the Mariner’s Home next to the Seamen’s Bethel (or church. At its Harbor, the old Schooner Ernestina is still docked as another reminder of the whaling days. There is also a memorial to those who lost their lives at sea and a Fisherman’s Memorial fronts the fishing boats. Downtown there is a Whalers’ Memorial which reads, ‘a dead whale or a stove boat’ beside the statue of Lewis Temple who invented the harpoon tip. But the affluent times are best memorialized in the large mansions and lush gardens around town.
|Downtown Bedrord's Whalers' Memorial|
|flowers on the sandy shores of Cape Cod|
|a lonely biker during low tide at the Cod|
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