Paine’s Creek Herring Run Mating Dance – Brewster.MA.Life

Paine's Creek Herring Run Mating Dance - Brewster.MA.Life

Did you get to see the Herring run this season? Here’s a quick video following the annual Spring Herring run up Paine’s Creek in Brewster, Cape Cod.


Also known as Alewives and Bluebacks, river Herring have been migrating from the ocean to fresh water ponds and streams in Springtime for centuries. Native people as well as European settlers depended on them as a food staple.

Today it is illegal to harvest river Herring in the Paine’s Creek estuary and across Massachusetts.

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Grays Beach Boardwalk – Yarmouth Cape Cod MA


On the North shore of Yarmouth is a large marshland. Over the marshland is a long boardwalk that leads out from the pristine Gray’s Beach.

Heavily damaged in a January 2018 ‘Bomb Cyclone’, sheets of sea ice from Cape Cod Bay tore through the boardwalk. Some sections, like the main viewing platform were carried miles away.

Originally built in 1929, this heirloom boardwalk has achieved local iconic status. Over 961 people have bought planks to commemorate loved ones. Each plank donation helped with the restoration and has become a lasting tribute to honor their memories.

More than 10,000 people take the stroll to the viewing platform each season. Both locals and Washashore’s alike visit to find a quiet beach to relax with the family and capture the colors of the sunset to mark a day well lived.

And what a picturesque sunset it can be…

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Nobska Lighthouse – Falmouth Cape Cod MA

Since 1928, Nobska Light has provided a familiar beacon for ‘all who do go down to the sea in ships’. 87 feet above sea level, Nobska’s flash every six seconds is visible 17 miles out to sea. This 28,000 candlepower light used a 1000-watt lamp magnified by a Fourth Order Fresnel lens. the red section visible on the east side of the lantern house warns ships away from Hedge Fence and L’Hommedieu Shoals south of the Cape.

The present tower is 42 feet high and was constructed in 1876. It was built to replace the original “Nobsque” light, a stone cottage with a light tower on top which had stood since 1828. The present tower is made of a cast iron shell lined with brick. It was built in Chelsea, Massachusetts and transported to Cape Cod in four sections.

The front half of the current “keepers house” was also built in 1876. Originally painted dark maroon-brown, it had a covered walkway to the tower attached in 1899 and a second “assistant keepers house” added in 1907. Over the years, windows, doors, porches and walkways have come and gone and the color has been changed to the classic Coast Guard white with red roof.

Nobska Light became part of the Coast Guard in 1939, when the U.S. Light House Service merged with the Coast guard. Despite this change, the keepers of the light remained civilians until Mr. Hindley retired in 1973 when active duty Coast Guard keepers took up the duty.

In 1985, Nobska Light was automated. The two keepers houses were joined and became the quarters for Commander Coast Guard Group Woods Hole and his family. The Woods Hole Group serves the mainland and islands from Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Rhode Island/Connecticut state line.

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Flight around Highland Lighthouse – Truro MA Life

Highland Light is an active lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Located in North Truro, it was erected in 1857. The current tower replaced two earlier towers and was the first lighthouse and fog signal on Cape Cod, established by edict from George Washington.

During the Summer of 1996 the lighthouse was painstakingly moved on rails back hundreds of yards to save it from falling into the sea as the shoreline had eroded significantly since it was first built. A stone platform sits where the lighthouse once was.

Known to mariners as Cape Cod Light, in 1865 the famous Cape Cod writer, Thoreau, wrote that it was one of the first lighthouses that travelers from Europe would see as they entered Massachusetts harbor. It was turned into a tourist attraction in 2014 and guided tours are available to the general public during Summer.

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Town Neck Beach Boardwalk of Souls – Sandwich MA Life

Town Neck Beach is a great spot in Sandwich.MA.Life to spend the day. A local and Washashore’s favorite boardwalk to jump off of on a hot day and float out on the receding high tide.

Many spend their day on the beach watching the boats pass through the Cape Cod Canal into the Bay or exploring the tidal pools. It was even voted as one of the Top 10 Boardwalks in the U.S.A. by National Geographic in 2010.

It is 1,350 long and leads from Scorton Creek to the shoreline and was created in 1875 by Gustavus Howland. Damaged by seasonal storms, repair and upkeep has been partially funded by the sale of engraved personalized planks.

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West Dennis Beach – Dennis Cape Cod MA

West Dennis Beach is a 2 mile long stretch of warm sand and calm, clear waters on the Southern edge of Cape Cod. A beautiful beach with plenty of activity in the height of the season with swimming, walking, kiteboarding, windsurfing and volleyball. A popular place for visitors and locals alike with plenty of parking and a large playground to meet the needs of family tourism.

Many love this beach because it is adjacent to the parking lot, providing easy access and return to a car packed with toys and amenities. With so much room the beach rarely gets over-crowded and the waves from Nantucket Sound are more kid friendly than beaches along the National Seashore.

West Dennis Beach is a great location to watch the moon rise and to catch the Dennis evening fireworks as they brighten the night over the Bass River entrance.

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Paines Creek Herring Run – Brewster.MA.Life

Paines Creek Herring Run - Brewster.MA.Life

 

Did you get to see the Herring run this season? Here’s a quick video following the annual Spring Herring run up Paine’s Creek in Brewster, Cape Cod.

Also known as Alewives and Bluebacks, river Herring have been migrating from the ocean to fresh water ponds and streams in Springtime for centuries.

Native people as well as European settlers depended on them as a food staple. Today it is illegal to harvest river Herring in the Paine’s Creek estuary and across Massachusetts.

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Bass River Inlet – Yarmouth MA Life

The Bass River inlet is a tidal estuary in the village of South Yarmouth on Cape Cod. It separates the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth and has a brackish flow that winds its way toward Follins Pond.

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Secret Sunken Meadow Beach – Eastham MA Life

Sunken Meadow Beach Cape Cod

Have you found the secret of Sunken Meadow Beach? Take a walk on the soft sands as we visit this special spot in Eastham, Cape Cod.

 

Sunken Meadow Beach in Eastham is a great bay side beach and is a great spot for surf casting at twilight. Steeper than some of the other bay beaches, you can enjoy the sunset with a higher vantage point. Like all bay beaches, this is ideal for young children especially as the tide goes out.

The water temperature is in the 60 to 70 degree range in the summer. This is a town beach, and the Town of Eastham charges per day for parking. There is limited parking at this beach, with only about 10 spaces (depending on the sand drifts).

Stickers can be obtained at the natural Resources Building at 555 Old Orchard Road, or Sunday only at the First Encounter Parking Lot.

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Cliff Pond Nickerson Park – Brewster Cape Cod MA

Cliff Pond Nickerson State Park Cape Cod

Cliff Pond is 204 acre kettlehole pond, the largest in Nickerson State Park. The pond gets its name from the cliffs surrounding the pond.

The 2.6 miles of protected shoreline are undeveloped pitch pine and dry oak woodlands with a moderately challenging trail with big views, a giant boulder and plenty of opportunities to walk along soft sand beaches.

Transparency is exceptional, extending to 23 feet, and aquatic vegetation is scant. The pond is heavily used by boaters during the summer months.

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