ASCSA Cape Cod Adventure 2016 – Trip Summary


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



About Cape Cod


Cape Cod Websites: (Provincetown Chamber of Commerce) (Cape Cod National Seashore) (For a brochure of lighthouses on The Cape) (Cape Cod Museums) (Cape Cod Beaches & Boardwalks USA Today article)

Located just over 50 miles southeast of Boston, Cape Cod is a peninsula extending out into the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to cities such as Hyannis, Provincetown, Chatham, and Sandwich. Cape Cod National Seashore offers public access to 40 miles of sandy shoreline along the peninsula’s eastern coast, and maintains 12 self-guided trails and a museum at Salt Pond. Visit the Cape’s famous beaches and spend the day strolling on a boardwalk gazing at the views.

The Outer Cape

The Outer Cape is the northern part of the Cape consisting of towns Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown. Stratified by long bands of white sand and dunes, punctuated by picturesque villages that chain together and are peppered with spaces of natural grandiosity, at an almost wild state. It’s the best area to disconnect from everything while staying connected to what vacations can offer the best of the best: a choice.

The Cape Cod National Seashore, with its beaches, legendary landscape and waves covers the east part of the narrow Outer Cape. Provincetown, which symbolizes liberty and tolerance, vibrates the Northern point of Cape Cod.

The picturesque towns of the Outer Cape:

Book – The Finest Hours
The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue off the coast of Chatham, Cape Cod



Wellfleet Information

Highlights of Wellfleet:

Historic town with semi-outdoor farmer’s market

Wellfleet Harbor

Harbor walk along pier

Eat seafood in the harbor at Mac’s take out

Great Island – Historic island seen from Wellfleet Harbor – hike among salt marshes & along sandy beaches

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary – Nature Center and extensive trails in salt marsh. Owned and operated by Massachusetts Audubon Society

Marconi Site and beach – historic site w/short trails to lovely vistas and beautiful beaches­


Wellfleet is a picturesque village & harbor with many fine art galleries and the Wellfleet Marina. Located halfway between the “tip” and “elbow” of Cape Cod. The town had a population of 2,750 which swells nearly sixfold during the summer.[2] A total of 70% of the town’s land area is in protection, and nearly half of it is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Wellfleet is famous for its eponymous oysters, which are celebrated in the annual October Wellfleet OysterFest.

Marconi Beach/Marconi Station site is down the road from Wellfleet village.

It was here that the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi (1874 to 1937) directed his most expensive dream, the first communication that was transatlantic without cable between the U.S and England: a message from the US President to the king of England was transmitted here the 18th of January in 1903

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663 508-349-2615

Massachussetts Audubon Society Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, is a flora and fauna reserve. Wellfleet Bay provides peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The sanctuary features an award-winning “green” nature center with numerous exhibits and aquariums

Great Island, Wellfleet (part of the National Seashore)

The park’s Great Island Trail passes by the Wellfleet Tavern site. Interpretive displays describing and illustrating ancient and historic inhabitants and ways of life on Cape Cod can be found at the National Park Service Salt Pond Visitor Center, at the corner of Route 6 and Nauset Road, Eastham.

Outer Cape & Provincetown Tour


The Outer Cape 3/4 Day Tour
(Provincetown, Dunes, National Seashore beach Truro,Wellfleet town)


Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
Shopping, visiting art galleries & enjoying waterfront life
West End roundabout view of marshlands & town piers

Cape Cod National Seashore, Outer Cape

Province Lands Visitor Center vistas
Provincetown Dune Tour (one hour) – $28 (details below)
Visit Herring Cove & Race Point beaches

Wellfleet town (will visit some highlights of Wellfleet on this tour and some on the Chatham/National Seashore tour)

Picturesque fishing village on the Cape north shore.
Walk pier & buy take out seafood and ice cream at Mac’s (their picnic tables are on waterfront)
Great Island marsh walk & beach visit (1 hour)


Provincetown information

Provincetown video

Enjoy a video on about Provincetown called “A Walk in Provinetown” produced May 24, 2015

Henry David Thoreau described Cape Cod as “the bared and bended arm of Massachusetts.” If you go to the very, end of that arm, you’ll arrive at Provincetown.

“P-town,” as it’s known, is one of America’s oldest arts colonies — a longtime sanctuary for novelists, playwrights, painters and Pilgrims. In 1620, the Pilgrims landed first in Provincetown before heading on to Plymouth, and Provincetown has the monument to prove it.


Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

Location: High Pole Hill Road,
$12; $10 + 65 years Open 9-5 Climb the monument
The Provincetown Museum, at the base of the Pilgrim Monument, features a unique collection of exhibits that depict important events and people in Provincetown history and our nation’s history. Exhibits also include the arts, the fishing community, and Provincetown’s rich tourist culture.
The Monument commemorates the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims. It’s the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Come climb to the top on a series of stairs and ramps and you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of Provincetown and beyond. 252 feet high Museum features history of Provincetown and the Outer Cape with exhibits on the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, as well as the monument itself.

Expedition – Whydah Sea Lab and Learning
Location: 16 MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown Open times: 10am.- 5 pm daily
Features treasures from the Whydah (an authentic pirate shipwreck ) as well as displays on diving, artifact conservation and the lives of pirates. $5 for adults

Dune Tour on the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore (one hour tour) out of Provincetown
Arts Dune Tours
Company owns several vehicles. Will put 5 persons in each car. Price: $26-$28 per person

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Cape Cod Sand Dunes. Take a tour of the peaked hill bars historic district sand dunes on the Provincetown Cape Cod National Seashore protected lands.

Imagine dunes stretching as far as you can see with wispy beach grass, dark green pine trees and deep red beach plums nestled in hollows which are brought together by a silhouette of blue sky. Your guide will point out the “dune shacks” where famous artists and writers like Eugene O’Neill and Harry Kemp became inspired to create their art. You will also pass the remains of the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station.

Cape Cod National Seashore
(see separate link on this website for Cape Cod National Seashore)

(see separate link on this website for Wellfleet)

Falmouth Woods Hole Tour


Half Day Trip to Falmouth & Woods Hole

Description of tour:
Our half day trip to the picturesque, seaside towns of Falmouth & Woods Hole departs from our hostel in Hyannis around noon. Woods Hole, a historic village in the Town of Falmouth on the southwestern corner of Cape Cod, is a world center for marine, biomedical, and environmental science.

In Woods Hole we will visit the aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries Service, the exhibit center of the Woods Hole Oceangraphic instiute, and Woods Hole Historical Museum (time permitting).

Bikers can enjoy a 14.2 mile bike ride on the Shining Sea Bike Trail between Falmouth Village and North Falmouth. Bike rental available at end of the trail in North Falmouth.

Beach visit in North Falmouth – We will visit Old Silver Beach, a “bay beach” in North Falmouth –

Horseback trail ride (not on the sea) is optional. $55 for one hour in West Falmouth .

We will return to the hostel by 6pm in time for a cookout on the beach or dinner at the hostel.


Woods Hole:
Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institute
Places to visit in Woods Hole

Aquarium – Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries Service (seal feeding 11 & 4pm)
Ocean Science Exhibit Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Museum – Woods Hole Historical Museum

Horse back riding in West Falmouth

Haland Stable, West Falmouth
Trail ride (not on beach): $55 per hour (Reservations one day in advance)

Shining Sea Bikeway – Bike the path North Falmouth to Falmouth Village & return (7.1 miles each way)

Bike Rental shops – One is located at end of Shining Sea Bikeway in North Falmouth & another found at Falmouth Village Bikeway entrance – $17 per day, return same place

Beaches in
Old Silver Beach off Quaker Road in North Falmouth is a planned stop for all on our tour. Quaker Road is just off the Shining Sea Bikeway in North Falmouth.

We will pool cars (approximate cost $10 per person)

Estimated expenses:

Gas estimate: $10 (car pooling)
Horse back riding: $55 (optional)
Snacks & Misc. (fun) expenses: $20
Packed lunch – free (provided by ASCSA)

To bring:

Bike (optional) – determined by how many bikes are available in our group and how many can be carried on a bike rack of the car(s) going on this excursion
Swimming attire
Wind breaker
Packed lunch

Chatham & Cape Cod National Seashore Tour

Chatham & National Seashore in Eastham & Wellfleet
3/4 Day Trip


Chatham (south shore)

In town – visit the Chatham Fish Pier from the visitor’s balcony (noon – 1pm is when fishing boats come in)
Monomoy National Wildlife Reserve at Chatham – 3/4 mile nature trail

Wellfleet town (will visit some highlights of Wellfleet on this tour and some on the Chatham/National Seashore tour)

Picturesque fishing village on the Cape north shore
Walk pier & buy take out seafood and ice cream at Mac’s (their picnic tables are on waterfront)
Massachusetts Audubon Society Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with Green Nature Center with numerous exhibits and aquariums. Nice walking trails along the beach

Cape Cod National Seashore

Salt pond Visitor’s Center
Marconi Station Site
Truro Beach


South shore on the “elbow” of Cape Cod. Artist colony with lots of galleries and quaint shops. Watch the seals follow the fishing fleet into the Chatham Fish Pier from the overlook as the fishing boats come in with their daily catch. Chatham is blessed with beautiful scenery

Chatham Fish Pier
The Chatham Fish Pier, at the corner of Shore Road and Barcliff Avenue on Aunt Lydia’s Cove at 54 Barcliff Road Extension, is a constant source of interest to summer visitors. The members of the fishing fleet make their run each suitable day to the fishing grounds from 3 to 100 miles off Chatham. Their catch consists of haddock, cod, flounder, lobster, pollock, dogfish and halibut. The one-day fresh fish is placed in ice and transported in refrigerated trucks to the New York, Boston, New Bedford and local markets, reaching there less than 24 hours from the time it is taken from the ocean. The boats start returning to the pier shortly after noon, depending upon the tide. You may watch from the visitors balcony. Observe local traffic and parking regulations while at the Fish Pier. Parking in upper lot for visitors, lower lot by permit only.

Chatham Light house
For a brochure of lighthouses on The Cape:

Monomy National Wildlife Reserve, Chatham

The Monomoy Point Light Station, includes a lighthouse, a keeper’s house and an oil shed, has stood since 1849. The light station wasn’t always the pristine area of beach grass and marshes it is today; during the early years of World War II, the U.S. Navy used nearby land as a gunnery range. In 1944, the land became the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.

Monomoy Refuge is a key shorebird migration rest stop along the North Atlantic Flyway and a magnet for birders. Many take pleasure in seeing federally protected species such as the piping plover and roseate tern. To protect vulnerable species, the Service fences off some areas of Monomoy Island. Peak bird migration is in the Fall, late July through September. The island also provides habitat for more than 200 resident bird species, including one of the largest colonies of common terns on the Atlantic seaboard, varying from 3,000 to over 10,000 nesting pairs.

The refuge headquarters and visitor contact station on Morris Island are a five-minute drive from downtown Chatham. The island also has a three-quarter-mile nature trail that winds through a variety of coastal habitats. Overlooks along the trail provide views of the refuge’s North and South Monomoy Islands. Actually, South Monomoy is no longer an island; the Thanksgiving Day nor’easter of 2006 deposited enough sand in the Southway channel to form a land bridge between South Monomoy and South Beach. And this land bridge continues to grow.

Cape Cod National Seashore
(see separate link on this website for Cape Cod National Seashore)

(see separate link on this website for Wellfleet)

Cape Cod Canal Sandwich Tour

Cape Cod Canal, Sandwich, Adventure Park, three-hour tour


– Cape Cod Canal museum
– Stroll or bike on the walking/bike paths along the canal
– Swim at the mouth of the canal at an inviting beach
– Picnic lunch at table along canal
– Ice Cream stop
– Glass museum in Sandwich
– The Adventure Park, Sandwich – zip line & challenge bridges

Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center & Museum, Sandwich, MA

Location: Cape side of canal, 60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich MA : (508) 833-9678

Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily May 1 – Oct. 30. Free Admission

The Cape Cod Canal is an artificial waterway in the state of Massachusetts operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers since 1928. It connects Cape Cod Bay in the north to Buzzards Bay in the south.

About Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center & Museum

The US Army Corps of Engineers welcomes the public to the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center. Explore the rich history, fascinating features, and vigilant operation of the Cape Cod Canal and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Visitor Center features include a retired 41-foot US Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat, a 46-seat theater showing continuous DVD presentations on Canal History, Canal Critters, and Canal Wildflowers, real time radar and camera images of the waterway as well as a variety of interactive exhibits

Recreation Area

Multiple Canal access points along both sides of the Canal have been developed into Recreation Areas equipped with restrooms, picnic areas and parking lots.
Hike along the Canal from the Visitor Center to the mouth of the Canal and enjoy an inviting beach visit.

Sandwich, MA

Home to 23,000 residents, the town of Sandwich was incorporated in 1639, and has a well-known boardwalk leading to the saltwater Town Neck Beach. Planks along the boardwalk pay tribute to Sandwich citizens with engraved names and messages. In addition to Town Neck Beach, swim at two other saltwater beaches: East Sandwich and Sandy Neck.

Sandwich Glass Museum

Location: 129 Main St.; (508) 888-0251

Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

See beautifully crafted glass made in Sandwich between 1825 and 1888. $3.50. Group rates available.

The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich, MA
67 Grove St., Sandwich, MA 508-866-0199
Operated by Outdoor Adventure Group. Choose from multiple arial trails beginner through advanced. All trails include combinations of zip lines and challenge bridges between tree platforms.

Price: $44 minus $5 online cupon. Approximately 2 1/2 hours

Cape Cod National Seashore Information


Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Centers
Nature and history exhibits, a film, self-guided walking and bike trails.

Salt Pond Visitor Center at Cape Cod National Seashore
Location: Route 6, Eastham; (508) 255-3421
Times: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches (6)

Race Point Beach, Provincetown
Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown
Marconi Beach, Wellfleet
Head of the Meadow Beach, Truro
Nauset Light Beach, Eastham
Coast Guard Beach, Eastham

Cape Cod National Seashore Bike Trails

Cape Cod National Seashore beach pass information