Last Sunday, as the kids were packing their stuff in the car and preparing to drive home, Jessica sighed and said that this vacation had been the best one yet. That’s a big statement, considering that this was our 7th year renting this particular house in Mashpee. But you know, I think she may be right. We did some traditional things and some new things and it all added up to a terrific week.
The traditional stuff included several days spent lolling on the beach. These days were especially special this year because Kim and her family were vacationing on the very same beach that we were. Their house was just 2 blocks from ours and we got to spend lots of time with them, knitting, drinking, eating, chatting, watching the Patriots and more. As my kids would say: awesomesauce.
Also traditional for us was some shopping time. We hit The Christmas Tree Shop and Wings, strolled the shops of Hyannis with my dear college friend, Doreen, and wandered through Mashpee Commons. We ate at The Raw Bar, home of the gigantic lobster roll, drank margaritas with Doreen at Gringo’s, and had dinner at Bobby Byrne’s – although that was slightly less traditional since we left the kids at home and instead went with Kim & Ken and Terry & Pete, who also happened to be on Cape Cod for vacation last week. In keeping with tradition, most of our evenings were spent hanging around the house, playing Racko and Apples to Apples, eating yummy food and snacks, drinking Cape Cod beer and martinis, and just enjoying our daughters and our grandson – who, I must point out, was the biggest help ever this year. Go Patrick!
As for the non-traditional stuff, we went on a seal watch and that’s where the photo I posted yesterday came from. We traveled out to Monomoy Island aboard the Monomoy Island Ferry and we saw some adorable seals. We learned a lot about them from the captain and we also learned about protecting them from idiots in other boats – some people just have no clue – but that’s a story for another time. Before our seal watch we had fantastic sandwiches from Chatham Cookware and after our seal watch we stopped and enjoyed the view of the beach from Chatham Light. We finished up the afternoon with ice cream – my first all summer! – from Sundae School. We also visited Woods Hole for the first time and enjoyed walking the main street there. We had a yummy lunch on the water at The Captain Kidd.
You know me, though, it’s really all about the beach and we ended our vacation the way we began it – on the beach. The kids went home Sunday morning but Dale and I stayed until Monday and that last day was so perfect it was almost magical. We rode our bikes, we brought wine to the beach, we had a wonderful dinner, we played cards, and we talked and talked and talked. Don’t get me wrong, this is a family vacation and I love having our kids with us, but having time to ourselves pushed it over the edge and truly made it one of the best weeks ever.
And that’s why next year . . . we’re going for TWO weeks.