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Get Outside and Feed Your Soul!


May 19th, 2014

With the weather warming up, nothing beats getting back to nature on a sunny late spring Sunday, and Provincetown is a feast for the eyes, ears and souls of outdoor lovers, whatever your interest or choice of vista!

Time to get out, get some fresh air and sunshine, and exercise your body and your senses!

Do you enjoy bird-watching or nature photography? The Beech Forest and the marshlands of the Cape Cod National Seashore are a treasure-trove for bird-watching (and hand-feeding the finches), with residents such as hawks, cardinals, seabirds and a variety of other species to view and photograph. These locations are also a way station for migrating Canada geese and home to fox, coyotes, turtles, a variety of very vocal frog species, and small critters such as grey and red squirrels, chipmunks and more! Keep in mind, though, National Park rules urge that visitors should not feed the foxes or coyotes (they become a nuisance off-season) or the Canada geese (to avoid disrupting their migration).

Are you a hiker or bicyclist? Grab your backpack and/or your bike and hike or pedal through the dunes for a beach picnic! First, stop at the Province Lands Visitor's Center for maps, safety information and advice on the best trails and views, then choose your route and strike out for either Race Point or Herring Cove. If you hike to Race Point, pack a lunch, as there are no concessions; you can pick up yummy lunches (including vegan/vegetarian) to go from East End Marketplace, Angel Foods, or 141 Bradford Natural Market. If you trek to Herring Cove, there is a seasonal concession, operated by Farland Provisions, which operates in the summer months at the newly reconstructed Herring Cove Bathhouse!

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Just want to spend a day at the beach, sunbathing and swimming? You have two different choices! At Race Point (two miles from town center), the waters you encounter are the Atlantic Ocean, where the water tends to be colder, and where swimmers should keep close to shore when swimming, as there is a strong undertow. Here, depths drop off sharply, so it can be a great location to view whales feeding and hear them exhale from shore! It's a less-crowded sunbathing experience, and there's almost always space in the parking lots, which rarely fill to capacity in June and July. At Herring Cove (one mile from the West End of Town), the waters are those of Massachusetts Bay, which are warmer, and currents and tides are not as rough as they get at Race Point. It does have the reconstructed bathhouse with showers, changing rooms and the Farland concession, but the parking lots fill up quickly beginning in early July, so if you choose this beach, be sure to get there early! Day parking at both beach lot is $15 per car.

Want to enjoy the dunes of the National Seashore, but don't want to break a sweat doing it? Then let Art's Dune Tours do the driving for you! They've been guiding visitors through the landscape since 1946, and will ensure that you help you build a memory of a lifetime! They offer daily tours, tours to Race Point Lighthouse on Sundays, sunset tours, New England Clambake and sunset tours, or 3-hour trips at sunset with Clambake and a bonfire on the beach! Check them out!

Time to get here, get some fresh air and sunshine, and exercise your body and your senses!

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and office-guru-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”

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