Plymouth and Cape Cod


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Published: June 16th 2009
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The Mayflower II tied up in Plymouth Harbor near the Rock.
Monday, 15 June (Plymouth & Cape Cod):
We drove the 15 or so miles to Plymouth, after a rather long trip to get our morning coffee since the KOA store doesn’t open until 8am. Parking in one of the free parking lots near the ocean, we were surprised again at how desolate the place seemed. Apparently, this time it was due mostly to the early hour and chilly weather (a high of 62 I think), because by 11am things had picked up people-wise. We only peeked at and took photos of the Mayflower II, since we’d toured it before with the girls way back when, then went to see Plymouth (or Plimoth) Rock. Plymouth Rock is actually just a medium sized stone with 1620 chiseled into it and no real evidence exists that it was the actual rock the pilgrims first stepped on. The date was chiseled into in around 1880. It is still a very important part of history, marking one of the first successful colonies in America. Afterwards, we strolled around the town a bit before stopping for lunch at Carmen’s Café Nicole. Manoli ordered a bowl of clam chowder and I had a lobster roll platter. Both were
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Our first view of Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts.
good, but not that special or tasty. Since it was past noon by now, we decided to head towards Cape Cod, with a stop at the nearby Plimoth Plantation attraction/site to get a flattened penny. We actually only made it as far as Hyannis, primarily known for the time John F. Kennedy spent there and its ferry links to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. It is a rather touristy place with a very pretty shoreline and harbor and a lot of shops. We spent a couple of hours just shopping and strolling along the harbor and streets. By 6pm, it was time to head back to the KOA. We stopped at our local Wal-Mart to return the movie from last night and ended up renting Smother to go with our dinner from Taco Bell. Tomorrow I think we’ll check out Concord, Lexington, Salem, and maybe Gloucester as time permits. Oh, and Happy Birthday Serena!


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Plymouth Rock Sign

The sign near Plymouth Rock.
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Plymouth Rock

The pavilion erected over Plymouth Rock, with an inset of the rock itself. You can make out the date.
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First Church

View of the First Church in Plymouth, with J.C. out front. The plaque on the left is called out to read.
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Hyannis Port

View of the port of Hyannis, Massachusetts.
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Hyannis

Some of the oceanfront houses in Hyannis from one of their small beaches.
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Hyannis Beaches

View up the small stretch of beach in Hyannis.


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