The Trip Summary from 2016:
Some participants of this trip came from as far away as California, Texas, Colorado and Kansas. All participants experienced, with other single Christian Scientists, the rich history, beauty and delights of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with its charming New England towns and extensive National Seashore.
We rested in the newly restored home of the HI Hyannis Hostel on the harbor front. We took night walks along the waterfront and watched fishing vessels unload their catch under bright night lights. We strolled along nearby historic Main Street; some visited the John F. Kennedy Museum. We made Spanky’s Clam Shack in Hyannis harbor our home away from home – dining together one evening on long tables, and snacking regularly outside. Chef Johnny never disappointed us with his cooking, always lovingly prepared for all. We enjoyed evening cookouts on the beach and early morning hearty breakfasts. S’mores over a campfire on the hostel grounds at the end of an active day provided the perfect setting to exchange stories of the day and develop friendships.
Our Christian Science Practitioner who stayed with us was always there for support.
On the Outer Cape we reveled in the dramatic dunes of the National Seashore and enjoyed exploring the colorful, historic seaside towns of Provincetown and Wellfleet. We rode in jeeps over the undulating dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore spotting the shacks where some of American’s best playwrights stayed and wrote. We went beach-combing in the morning mist and under the afternoon’s clear blue skies, enjoyed sunsets on the waterfront, and nature walks on boardwalks at low tide among the marshes.
We delighted in watching whales frolic around our boat on a whale watching trip. On a self-guided day trip to the island of Martha’s Vineyard we cruised around on bicycles and took the picturesque “Chappy” Ferry to nearby Chappaquiddick Island. We strolled and biked along the Cape Cod Canal and learned of the Canal’s long history at the Canal Visitor’s Center.
In the picturesque town of Chatham we delighted in watching fishermen unload their catch at the Fish Pier, while seals gathered and frolicked in anticipation of a good meal being thrown overboard in their direction. We went horseback riding and flew through the trees on a zip line. We glided gently with the tide in a kayak and biked along some of the Cape’s winding roads and bike paths in search of hidden beaches. On an an Eco-tour in a pontoon boat we glided through the shallow waters of the quiet and majestic Barnstable Harbor with a knowledgeable tour operator who informed us in great detail about the natural habitat around us.
And ice cream….there were always plenty of tempting places to imbibe, no matter where we spent the day.
We were welcomed with open arms at the Hyannis Christian Science church services. We sang hymns together and prayed together. The ASCSA Cape Cod Adventure was a special time of adventure, exploration, and fellowship – all shared with single Christian Scientists from around the States.
Written by co-hostesses Merrilee Zellner and Betsy Shelton