Cape Cod: Seabreezes and Sunshine

Cape CodCape Cod is one of those watercolors where the sea, sand, and sky run together…Cape Cod Shorelinewhere the sky is huge and the dunes seem endless. Roses along Cape Cod National SeashoreMounds of wild roses crown the dunes, Lonely gull along Cape Cod Shorelineand seagulls fly above the cresting waves. Hiking the beach along Cape Cod National Shoreline They say the Pilgrims landed here in 1620 before continuing across the bay to Plymouth Rock, the official “birthplace” of America…Cape Cod Sunset over Atlanticand yet, this is the same spot about which Henry David Thoreau wrote:
“A man may stand there and put all America behind him.” Kathi and Joel at Cape CodFor this reason, it seemed the perfect place to take Joel for a little retreat! DSCN8507Our first stop was the Visitor’s Center for a pass  and to learn more about thisCape Cod National Seashore 63 sq. mile national park paradise with its gorgeous, 40-mile shoreline. Showings at Cape Cod Visitor CenterWe were there in time to see a film on Cape Cod’s maritime history, Cape Cod Visitor Ceneterbut I would love to go camping here sometime for days and soak in everything!  Cape Cod National Seashore WalkwayAs it was, we contented ourselves with a long stroll down the beach, Little Fish along ocean shorea little beach combing, Seagulls along Cape Cod National Seashoreand basking in the endless rush of sunshine and salt air.   🙂   Nauset LighthouseWell past lunch time, we enjoyed picturesque Nauset Lighthouse Provincetown, MA  before driving to the end of Cape Cod into the quaint village of Provincetown. Lobster at the Lobster Pot, MA Here we waited patiently for the unquestionably best lunch in town, Ocean side view of Lobster Pot with the unquestionably best view in town.  Lobster PotTo us, nothing is more delicious than “lobster pots” at the Lobster Pot, Fresh lobsters at Lobster Potright at the end of the pier where fresh lobsters are caught and hauled in daily! Touring ProvincetownAfter lunch we took a stroll through town to take in the sights. Lilac House in ProvincetownAlthough Provincetown is a small community with only 3,000 residents, Frog holding flowersit caters to a summer population of 60,000. DSCN8692It’s one of those places where anything goes, Bright hair!I think in the name of freedom and artistic flair. Wedding in ProvincetownI’m personally all for being unconventional and having fun, DSCN8701but I also believe that true freedom is found in following God’s commandments. Provincetown PierGod offers us a safe way to walk on the water without fear of drowning, Heading out to Sea and his commands were given to us for our own good because he loves us! Sailing Ship For instance, you might feel that skydiving with a parachute on your back or heading out to sea with a bunch of sails on your ship is too restrictive. 05You might not like the heavy weight of a parachute and think it’s too burdensome. But, the “freedom” to free fall to your death isn’t a good freedom!Hoisting up the sails What about sails? They’re heavy to hoist & take a lot of practice to use properly,DSCN8653 but they can also help you get to your destination. DSCN8661 The same is true of God’s Word. DSCN8667When you open up the parachute at the right moment, 14 it keeps you from dying, DSCN8668and when you use the sails on a sailing ship, they’ll speed you on your way. Watching the Ships heading out to sea in ProvincetownI’m thankful that Joel is working hard at learning how to handle his craft, Sailing Ship leaving Provincetownand it’s reassuring to see him heading out to sea with his sails hoisted high! Cape Cod SunriseHappy sailing! May we all remember that God’s way is the best way.

“What does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13, ESV, emphasis mine…it’s for our good!)

America the Beautiful from the Air

IrisThis past year, I’ve traveled to the four corners of our nation and Hawaii chasing13after our kids15and grand kids, Jan and Frank '09visiting our brothers and sisters,17and keeping Alan company while he chases additional medical expertise.12Yesterday I was making plans to meet my neighbor Sue for coffee, and she mentioned that she and Bob are heading to San Diego to visit their son on a train02 since Bob hates flying. I smiled as if I understood, but of course…I didn’t! 🙂21I even think airports are fascinating, and I am always filled with awe when I fly.05How could anyone close their window shade and sleep while the sun shines?06I keep my nose pressed to the window, because I don’t want to miss anything!23It occurred to me, that just in case you haven’t had the privilege of flying lately, you might enjoy a bird’s eye view of America from the air. When we went to 22Washington State to meet our new granddaughter, Amelie,  we saw vistas of the 24west unlike any view you ever see from the road. On the trip from WA to CA, we 25flew right past Mt. Rainier, the highest mountain in our contiguous 48 states.SacramentoCalifornia and the west are dry and hilly… very different from Michigan!8My flight to Hawaii to meet Mike and Grace’s new son, Judah07took me over the breath-taking Rocky Mountains 08& close to where the Colorado River begins its descent toward the Grand Canyon.09You’ll never be able to see Hawaii’s Diamond Head this way except from the air!10You’ll never see New York City this way on a train or in a car! In July, Alan and14went to visit with Aaron and Carleen and meet their newest addition, Giles.01We flew into JFK Airport just as the sun was gleaming across the Hudson River.03In October, we left our home in the Midwest and flew intoBostonBoston for a medical meeting at Harvard,Orlandoand in December, we attended another meeting in Florida. 20Truly, America is beautiful from the mountains to the valleys,11from her rivers and plains and forests…28and from sea to shining sea!

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2).