Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cape Cod, MA

We learned and saw quite a lot today. This morning we went to a working cranberry bog and took a tour. The woman who gave the tour told us all about it from January to December. Later this afternoon we drove up the entire cape to Provincetown, and then back down to New London, CT.

This is a picture of one of the bogs. If we would have been here tomorrow or the next day we could have seen the traditional view of a bog, flooded with berries floating on the water. They were just starting to flood the land this week.

If you look close you can see a few berries floating. Cranberry plants are short scrubby plants. 90% of the year there is no water on the bogs.

Ha, this was for everyone who is disappointed there are no berries floating on the water. This is in a pond near the front of the farm.

This little dog, Gracie followed us all over the farm, we rode on a little tram thing, she would dig around in the water, then run after us.

This is the Highland Cape Cod Lighthouse. It is the oldest and biggest lighthouse on the cape. The ocean is behind us, 150 years ago the lighthouse stood where we were standing to take the picture. The erosion of the cliff caused the lighthouse to need to be moved back so it didn't topple off into the ocean.

We were about 2/3 the way up the lighthouse when we took this shot of the stairs. It was a tight fit to get to the upper level.

Jon in front of the lighthouse. It was chilly outside.

Me in front of the ocean. That sign says Danger, sliding cliffs.

This is the light. It blinks once every 5 seconds. It's a warning to the ships about the sandbars and such off shore.

Jonathan at the top.

Us at the top of the lighthouse.
Tomorrow we're taking a ferry from Connecticut to Long Island. We're going to see the Montauk Point Lighthouse. I'm really excited about it.


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