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Notes from Land's End: Aug. 7

August 7th, 2012

Provincetown is surrounded by eleven square miles of National Seashore, has a deep natural harbor and is 55 nautical miles from Boston. When it comes to the great outdoors, there are adventures at land's end for anyone’s tastes or pocketbook.

When it comes to the great outdoors, there are Provincetown adventures for anyone’s tastes or pocketbook.

The Paddleboard, a hybrid of a surfboard and canoe, is a super hit at Venture Athletics in Whaler's Wharf (237 Commercial Street). At only $30.00 for four hours, this new water sport is affordable, fun and great exercise. Call 508-487-9442 for more information about one- and two-person kayaks, full moon harbor excursions and eco-tours in cooperation with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

Every summer, the S/V Kalmar Nyckel docks at MacMillan Pier to bring passengers aboard for sunset and educational cruises. The original ship, a 1625 Dutch 200-ton Pinnace, brought settlers to Delaware from Sweden in the mid 1600s; its historic importance rivals that of the Mayflower. A cruise on the modern version, built in the 1990s, costs $60.00 for adults and $40.00 for folks seventeen and under. The telephone number is cleverly 302-429-SHIP.

I love taking Art’s Dune Tours rain or shine. Compass grass and rose hips grow in the shifting sands. A guide deftly drives up and down paths while telling stories that make you feel as if you are in on a great secret.

Euphoria, the late Norman Mailer’s favorite dune shack, is nestled among a cluster of domiciles made by a community of former squatters from the 1930s. These multi-generational shacks are architectural treasures where art, literature and children were born.

There are five daily tours ($27 adults, $18 children) or clambakes, sunset tours and group bonfires available in the evening (prices vary). Call 508-487-1950 to reserve or go online at www.ArtsDuneTours.com.

Eight miles of bike trails along quaking bogs, sister ponds and the Herring Cove/Race Point beaches have been beautifully restored by the Cape Cod National Seashore. Bring your own bicycle or rent from one of three establishments: Arnolds by Lopes Square or Ptown Bikes and Gale Force in the West End.

You’ll see rare birds like the Blue Heron, a resident gaggle of geese, wild cranberries, blueberries and luscious forests as you glide along.

When visiting our lovely town, spend time on a boat, bike, paddleboard or touring in the dunes!

“Notes from Lands End”, by artistic bon vivant Laura Shabott, is a weekly account of the people, places and events that make our town so special.

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