Nickerson

Posted on 16 Jul 2021 by Steve Markham

The final stop on the Awesome Camping Trip was Nickerson State Park, on Cape Cod. We have been to Nickerson before, in 2019, so we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to do, and high expectations for how awesome it would be. We were not disappointed in the slightest.

Playing Wilderness Uno at camp on Thursday.
Playing Wilderness Uno at camp on Thursday.

We left Acadia Tuesday afternoon, and had a seafood and ice cream dinner at Cobie’s before setting up camp.

Breakfast on Wednesday was fried bagel sandwiches, with less butter than usual.

I still love my two-burner Coleman and the non-stick griddle.
I still love my two-burner Coleman and the non-stick griddle.

The name of the game on Cape Cod is Beaches Beaches Beaches. Wednesday he hit Herring Cove and Race Point, since those were nearest to the whale watching tour that some of the Youngs went on. We made a tactical error at the first beach, and didn’t apply sunscreen right away. The consequences didn’t appear until the following day, but they definitely appeared:(

Lots of rock collecting at Herring cove, then naps when the collectors returned.
Lots of rock collecting at Herring cove, then naps when the collectors returned.
Race Point was a nice part of the crescendo. We saw seals and got in the water, but there was room for Thursday to be even better.
Race Point was a nice part of the crescendo. We saw seals and got in the water, but there was room for Thursday to be even better.
Janet captures my feelings about the water, too
The sand castles were pretty amazing, though.
The sand castles were pretty amazing, though.

In an effort to use up the food we had brought, we had “freeze dried buffet” for dinner.

On Thursday we started out at Crosby Beach. It was pretty much just how I remember it from 2019–miles of beach and very shallow water, bad smells, interestingly disgusting critters in the water.

I was Lewis's buddy.
I was Lewis's buddy.
His fearlessness makes for good pictures, when you have a free hand for a camera.
His fearlessness makes for good pictures, when you have a free hand for a camera.
The girls found many interesting creatures, so we spent half the time with the group. Adele has two fat snails.
The girls found many interesting creatures, so we spent half the time with the group. Adele has two fat snails.
Kyle is offering equipment to help catch a crab.
Kyle is offering equipment to help catch a crab.
In the end, tongs work better than a pot.
In the end, tongs work better than a pot.
The crabs would run away, sometimes so fast they started swimming. When surrounded, though, then dug themselves into the sand, backwards. It was very cool to watch.
The crabs would run away, sometimes so fast they started swimming. When surrounded, though, then dug themselves into the sand, backwards. It was very cool to watch.

Lewis and I walked back a little earlier than the others. We stopped for five minutes (with a timer) to watch the tide come in across the very flat grade. Lewis was bored at first, but once he saw what was happening, he wanted two more timers.

We spent the afternoon boogie boarding at Head of the Meadows. It was our favorite spot in 2019, and remains so. This time we found a little dip in the shoreline that made for excellent boogie boarding. I was in the water a lot of the time, hence not many pictures.

Camille walked up with some seaweed she had braided, and I thought her hair had fallen out.
Camille walked up with some seaweed she had braided, and I thought her hair had fallen out.

On Friday we packed up, said farewell to the Youngs, and departed by 10am. We got home with no groceries, so we did some harvesting in the garden. Between our basil, tomatoes, peas, and cucumbers, we put together pasta with pesto and some delicious veggies to snack on. What a fun trip!