We are in Cape Cod. We are here after too many potty breaks to count, hours of listening to a screaming baby (Anne really hates the car seat), a child puking in a swimming pool, and--this one really is the best--a failed transmission. Yep, our minivan is currently vacationing in Hyannis while it receives a new transmission. We are getting around thanks to a loaner car. That is, we are getting around after I called to find out how to turn the loaner car on. Apparently you don't use the key. You use the key FOB. Who knew?
Despite all these obstacles I am so glad we are here spending the week with my parents. We've been coming periodically to the same cabin in Falmouth since I was a child. There are so many memories here. I finished Gone With the Wind in this cabin late one night when I was twelve. There's a rock at the local beach that I sat on and read Evan Thomas' biography of Robert Kennedy as the tide came in around me. There's a children's bookstore--Eight Cousins--that we've been coming to for years and yesterday I was able to take my children to a story time at that bookstore.
We've taken it easy since we've been here. We've taken the girls to the beach. We grilled one night (steak, cod and chicken) and finished the meal with s'mores. We had a tea party of sorts at Molly's Tea Room in Falmouth. We've taken long walks and the girls have played and played at the playground by our cabin.
Today we took an Oceanquest Hands On Discovery Cruise out of Woods Hole. This was our boat.
We were very lucky to have a wonderful naturalist to lead our group. The girls were able to hold spider crabs and horseshoe crabs. They helped bring in a lobster trap. They conducted an experiment to illustrate the usefulness of the horseshoe crab's blue blood. They checked the temperature of the ocean water and we were able to get a good look at the Elizabeth Islands. This trip was a fantastic experience.
We have more fun things planned for the week. But mostly we are just enjoying being here.