(originally published on September 14, 2012)
The Mr. and I crossed off an item on his Life List recently: watching a sunset and sunrise over water in the same day. I don't think there are many places where you can do this as easily as you can in Ptown, which sits on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean.
We had set the alarm for 5:00 am the night before and were pretty efficient about grabbing clothes and some coffee before jumping in Black Beauty for the short ride to Head of the Meadow beach. When we arrived, there were a few other people there and a handful of seals out in the water (so cute! and so scary these days with those Great Whites swimming about in our waters).
I decided the best thing to do was to climb the empty lifeguard chair and watch from there. I had always secretly wanted to sit in one. As it turned out, it was super buggy up there and we decided to walk around instead. So I did something else I always wanted to do: a Baywatch-style dismount. Mistake. My back went into a spasm and I spent the next two weeks not able to bend. Here we are sitting on the top of the chair in the dark before my sports injury ..
When the sky started to lighten up, it looked like this. Puffy and pink.
And THEN! a red dot of a sun appeared above the horizon! We thought it would appear over to the right in the center of the streaks so we were shocked that it popped up where it did.
So pretty! And totally worth getting up in the dark and the hobbling I had to do for weeks afterwards.
On the way home, we saw a group of turkeys! So wild. (Heh! Heh!)
For the sunset, we picked up pizza and sandwiches from Twisted Sister and drove over to Herring Cove. A couple of things about this photo: 1) The cooler was my grandfather's. They don't make them like this anymore! 2) You can see that Tipper is laying in the sand rather than on the blanket that we brought for her. She clearly gets by on her looks.
There are always a lot of people here for the sunset, many of them doing exactly what we were doing. Some only there for the grand finale. Others with beach fires set up for the long haul.
It was a pretty sunset. Not super dramatic, but nice.
There was some cloud coverage preventing us from seeing the sun actually go over the edge, but the aftermath was quite lovely.
I'm so glad we took the time to do this. Such a simple thing.
This Month ...
- celebrate the opening of The Red Inn for the season
- wear my new facinator to Harbor Lounge's annual Derby Party
- hike with a Massachusetts Audubon guide through the backwoods of Truro and Wellfleet
- listen to Monica Lewinsky and Ari Melber discuss stuff in the Hawthorne Barn
- experience several artist open houses at Twenty Summers
- get our annual townie passes for Tea Dance
- have our first meal of the season at Moby Dick's and Terra Luna and the Nor'East Beer Garden and Front Street and Mistralino and The Mayflower and ...
- take the moms out to brunch at a new to us place up Cape
- plant everything in our garden and on the deck (HOORAY!)
- figure out how to watch Eurovision this year (since Logo is not airing it!)
- enjoy all the free food at the annual JD's/Saki opening party (our favorite!)
- check out some of the events during Ptown Fashion Week
- pray for a cancellation for JURY DUTY
- explore Falmouth and finally try that lobster ice cream
- collect boxes of stuff to donate for the town's Monumental Yard Sale
- start buying fresh produce at the Wellfleet Farmers Market and filling my glass bottles at the Green Road Refill bus
- see some films in the Jamaican Film Festival
- enjoy our annual Lunch with Ezra at The Canteen (and the start of Boston friends visiting Ptown)
- buy some tubers at the Dahlia Sale
- do a night climb at Highland Light
- get up in the middle of the night to buy all the things in Target's Vineyard Vines collection
- bite my nails while watching the Game of Thones finale
- go to the Rhododendron Festival in Sandwich
- shiver through our first day at the POOL
- view the LASER RAINBOW that will be back again for Pride Weekend