Since the birth of my children I have learned to look at what used to be a vacation as more of a business trip. The scenery changes, the work load does not. I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks on the cape, but it didn't seem much like a vacation. Am I really this big of a brat?!
The house we rented was simply beautiful. The weather was next to perfect. The company of family and friends was plentiful and pleasurable. What was the craziest part? I took little to no photos. This is very odd behavior for me and I don't quite know how to explain or justify it, other than the fact that it did feel more like a business trip. Big Daddy only joined us for the weekends, so that added to the business trip feeling. I didn't pack enough clothes, so the amount of laundry I did also made it feel like home away from home and not in a vacation-y way. The house was lovely, so I did an inordinate amount of cleaning trying to keep it as nice as we found it.
We rented the house from a family who lives on the cape year round and have decided to go RV-ing for a year. They are homeschooling their kids and visiting all the national monuments, big citys and parks. What envy I feel. They rented their home, as stated on their blog, not only to help cover costs of the trip but to also remove the option to bail out of their plan. If their home is rented, they can't call it quits and go home. Love it.
I am sorry I didn't take photos of the house - it was a simply stunning, custom built, perfectly appointed arts and crafts bungalow. Drat. I took the boys to Race Point, twice and again, took no photos. Dang it. We went to Provincetown twice, no documentation. Spent time in Wellfleet, went to the Chartroom, ate at lobster shacks - you name it we did it and not one shred of proof....
It was my first visit there and was stunning to say the least. I obviously didn't read the fine print on this beach where the website says:
White CrestA beautiful beach with towering sand dune cliffs. The waters at White Crest Beach (also called Four Mile Beach and Surfer's Beach) are rougher, making it ideal for the surfers who often flock here. Hang gliders are allowed before 9am and after 5pm. Facilities include restrooms, a concession stand, and lifeguards. Parking fees are $15 per day at the large lot. Please note that White Crest is not the greatest place to bring young children, senior citizens, or the disabled, as a steep dune path with no staircase leads down to the beach. How to get there: Take Cahoon Hollw Road off Route 6 in Wellfleet. At end, take a right on Ocean View Drive and follow to end
That would have been good to know since I took 2 children and 2 senior citizens. The children LOVED running up and down the cliff, my 6 year old sprinted up and down nothing short of 15 times (he's a blur in the above photo). My father didn't much care for the hike back up, sinking up to his knees under the weight of coolers, chairs and umbrellas...... but we all survived and might just even go back.
With that little chunk of summer behind us we are packing for the real vacation, and happy it's been raining for days - must mean clear skies ahead!