I picked a beautiful day to take advantage of what looked like a great hike very close to our vacation rental in East Sandwich, Massachusetts. It was a great hike. It was just a little unexpected.
Sandy Neck is a cool public beach we had visited on the 24th. We spent hours beachcombing and found crabs, starfish, snails, fish, shells, & rocks. The tidal pools provide limitless entertainment for our three kids, our neice and nephew, and us!
Sandy Neck also offers hiking – over 12 miles in all – so I decided to check it out. My family dropped me off with a promise of returning in an hour, so off I trekked. The young guys working at the gatehouse had no idea who they were talking to when they told me to be careful, the hike was long. 6 miles one way, ma’am. I smiled.
So 5 minutes into my hike I turned a corner and the packed sandy trail became soft sand. My little hike became a cardiovascular adventure. Kinda like snowshoeing, but in sand. Warm wind, ominous skies and deep soft sand. Lots of seemingly endless deep soft sand. It was a fun change of pace, and I had to laugh because I got quite the workout. 4 miles in an hour. Barely saw any other people except for the nice couple who warned me that the sign posts were missing and they had gotten a little lost. Sandy Neck needs a little love from an organization like the Shenandoah National Park Trust!
I also took advantage of beach walks on the Cape, and an awesome walk with my fabulous sister-in-law Marnie one afternoon. She is a rock star in training for the 3-day breast cancer walk the weekend after the Crooked Trail 100.
A change of scenery is always good, but I miss the park!