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Arnold and Brenda Lovering, longtime friends of Bill & Pat Heenan, invited us up to their home in Chatham, Cape Cod, to spend a few days and enjoy high season at a truly beautiful place. It's easy to see why so many people practically worship Cape Cod. A couple of hours from the teeming city, it is a mixture of pine-scented rustic, country elegance, and plenty of salty history. For a peek at a great restaurant we visited, go here: http://www.thesquire.com/. Here's the view from atop the harbormaster building at Fish Pier: http://www.telecamsystems.com/fishpier/. We had a wonderful time! Click a picture for a larger view.
|Lighthouse beach - some clouds and a sprinkling of rain. High tide covers the sand bars.||Arnold points out the various barrier islands.||Jasper, relaxing at home.|
|We took a stroll up and down Main, lined with shops, galleries and restaurants.||Clamming at the head of Chatham Harbor.||Lighthouse beach again, tide going out.|
|Yum. There is a weekly concert at the town bandstand and folks can grab some good eats like this.||The Loverings' place on Ryder's Cove.||Kayakers at Fort Hill, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. Ocean is beyond wetlands & dunes.|
|Nice combo.||Sign outside wild bird seed store.||Another sign outside same store.|
|Brenda Lovering||Arnold Lovering||Skip Lovering brings the boat over to the dock.|
|Some folks have a pretty good arrangement.||We head out of Ryder's Cove, into Bassing Harbor and out towards North Beach.||Our spot on North Beach, looking back towards Chatham.|
|Low tide, looking toward Chatham.||Chatham Light.||A couple hundred yards across North Beach is the Atlantic Ocean side.|
|Sand Crab molts.||State clam inspector.||Our spot.|
|I took a ride out with Skipper and John a mile or so beyond North Beach.||Skip snagged a dogfish.||The Grizabella, beached for boarding passengers.|
|Back at the house, I learned how clam shucking is an acquired skill.||Victoria and I managed one each, while Skip easily did a couple dozen.||Quahogs.|
|A magnificent lobster dinner.||Patricia's birthday at hand, she got a pie for dessert!||We visited Fish Pier to watch the afternoon unloading.|
|Seal hanging out, in case there's something to eat.||Fishing boats.||Another seal.|
|A load of dogfish here. The "cash" fish: some cod, striped bass, and flounder, were iced underneath.||We dropped by Abbots in Noank, near Mystic, CT for a lobster roll on the way home.||
That's all, folks. We sure had a nice time and wish to thank the Loverings for their hospitality.