Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Newlyweds in New England: To the Cape

After finding out life-changing news, we hopped in a cab to the airport, rented our car, and took off for the Cape. We enjoyed the changing leaves along the highway...
 ...and soon, we crossed the Sagamore Bridge onto the Cape!
We were pretty hungry, so we stopped in Sandwich for some lunch at a place called Seafood Sam's.
It was EXACTLY the kind of place I had hoped to find on the Cape: lots of fried seafood in a water-side location. They had these cute lobster-shaped buzzers to let you know when your food was ready.
We each ordered the fish and chips, which came with coleslaw and house-made tartar sauce.
It was probably the best fish and chips I've ever had. The haddock was light and fluffy, and the breading was perfectly spiced. The fries were crisp and tasty. I'm usually not a coleslaw fan, but this was amazing. We ate every morsel.
Then we wandered down to the water. Sandwich is the first town across the bridge. The bridge crosses the Cape Cod Canal.
A 5-minute walk led us along the canal until it stopped at the Atlantic Ocean.
The weather was beautiful, and the view was incredible.
We walked all the way to the end of this breakwater, where the view was even better.
It's hard to tell in this picture, but we could actually see the entire Cape from here. We saw the land curve out toward Provincetown.
Back near Seafood Sam's was a visitor's center. Inside, visitors could learn all about the Cape Cod Canal.
Our favorite part was learning about the nautical flag alphabet.
They had blocks that you could use to spell things out, and we took advantage of them, even though I'm pretty sure they're meant to entertain children. Can you figure out what this says?
 I made sure to commemorate my brand-new attorney status.

We played in a real canal patrol boat.
Once we finished acting like children, we drove further onto the Cape to our home for the week, The Platinum Pebble, in West Harwich.
We were greeted by a special message from the owners, Simon and Annabelle.
When we got to our room, there was another surprise. My new husband had arranged for a bottle of Champagne and a cheese plate to greet us upon checking in.
Isn't he the best? I'm a lucky lady.

We spent the next couple of hours drinking Champagne, eating cheese, and relaxing before walking to dinner at The Oyster Company in neighboring Dennisport. I don't have any pictures, but we tried raw oysters and littleneck clams for the first time. Adam loved the oysters, which they harvest daily on their own oyster farm. I thought they were just OK. We both hated the clams. They were way too briny for our taste. In our continuing quest to eat seafood for every meal, I had the scallops and Adam got crab-stuffed flounder.

After a long day of big news and travel, we walked home with full bellies for a good night's sleep in our comfy king-sized bed.

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