Drive to Cape Cod & Woods Hole, Cape Cod

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September 19th 2009
Published: September 19th 2009
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We are here on the Cape, and what an adventure that was! We left yesterday morning, intending to drive leisurely down the coast, stop in Ipswich for a fried clam lunch, and yet be through Boston before the afternoon rush hour started. It was a beautiful day AGAIN yesterday, perfect for driving along the coast. We drove through Kennebunkport, and stopped at Ogunquit to walk a bit.....that's where we saw the beached whale, which was unfortunately dead. Beautiful beach, as you can see. Our timing for lunch was great; got to the Clam Box in Ipswich before the rush (yes, another place we read about). When I was here in 1964, my family and I ate fried clams in Ipswich, and since this place has been in business since 1935, it makes me wonder if it's the same place. Tom had the 2-way combo with whole belly clams and scallops, which is what's pictured, and couldn't even finish it, even with me helping him eat a scallop or two. We didn't have any problems getting through Boston, and made our last major highway shift without incident, feeling a sense of excitement at knowing that we were only about 30 minutes from our condo on the Cape. Wrong!! They are working on the Sagamore Bridge that connects the mainland to the Cape, and had traffic down to one lane each way, so it took us well over 90 minutes to approach and cross the bridge. We got to our condo about 5:15 pm. Sure is nice knowing that we'll be staying put for 7 whole days. Today we drove to Falmouth and Woods Hole, which is the location of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, a leader in ocean research. We spent time in the visitor center, and then had a wonderful lunch. One of the items pictured is a stuffed quahog (a type of clam), which is what Tom had. We actually had a home-cooked meal tonight, which was wonderful. Tomorrow we are going to Provincetown to go on a whale-watching trip, and will probably venture into Boston Tuesday, using the other bridge. You are all in our thoughts as we travel along, and we do so appreciate your responses. Tom & Nancy

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