Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cape Cod Bound

There are only 13 more days until we leave for vacation, and we are Cape Cod bound. For those of you unfamiliar with this area, Cape Cod is the "long arm" part of Massachusetts that juts out into the ocean.


Or, for a closer look....


We will be staying in Wellfleet this year, in a house that's right on the beach.



Cape Cod is a vacation community. It consists of long sandy beaches and quaint little cottages.





There is a slower pace to life here in the small Cape Cod communities.



Light houses and boats dot the ocean landscape.

The water on the south side of the Cape is like bath water as it catches the warmer Gulf Stream waters off Nantucket Sound.

There is always lots to do here. Like finding the famous salt water taffy shops.



Or the hundreds of mini golf courses designed to capture the imagination of all of us "kids at heart".




There are deep sea fishing excursions


whale watching trips


And pirate adventure rides


There are art galleries


And antique shops

But my favorite shop of all is Marion's Pie Shop


Where they bake things like this every day.
Their website:  http://www.marionspieshopofchatham.com/



And the sign on their front door reads like this....


Beach plums are a local delicate pink flower that bloom and turn into tiny plums. These bushes cover the landscape.

A homemade jar of beach plum jelly is another "must" for visits to the Cape.



There are plenty of restaurants with the freshest seafood caught right off the shores.


Most restaurants serve their famous "fish and chips". Cod fish or haddock are the usual catch, both have a thick, flaky white texture and buttery flavor. The local restaurants call both of these fish "scrod" or "schrod" if it is spelled with an "h," (schrod) it is haddock, if it is spelled with a "c" (scrod), the fish is cod.


A trip to Cape Cod would not be complete without the famous lobster dinner.


An ice cream shop or two is always a good idea on warm summer days.



Local industry includes cranberry harvesting in local cranberry bogs


And shell fishing.
Clamming for quahogs is a favorite pastime for some of the locals. 
The smaller version of this "hard shell clam" is called a cherrystone or "little neck clam"
Delicious steamed open and dipped in melted butter.


Yes, life on Cape Cod is easy


As for me, I plan to do nothing more than this.