5 Cape Cod Driving Tips and Tricks

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5 Cape Cod Driving Tips and Tricks

 

1.  Start early or stay late.

It can really be that simple. Basically by being where you want to be (over the bridges, at the beach etc) by 10am, or by waiting until after 5pm it is possible to avoid the peak travel times and the worst of the traffic. So get to a beach early, bring your beach towels, ice, plenty of water, sunscreen & lunch.  Find your spot, dig your toes into the sand, breath deep and relax you’re done driving till the afternoon.

2.  Know your alternative routes on and off Cape Cod.

The worst traffic is on the approaches to the Sagamore bridge heading off Cape.  It is possible to avoid this by using the Bourne Bridge instead which experiences less congestion.  An example of this was the Sunday after the Fourth of July, the Sagamore had a reported 25 mile backup while the Bourne bridge had a 2 mile backup.  While traffic usually is not quite so ferocious it can be more than worth your time to pursue some of these Alternative Routes off Cape Cod.


Outer Cape Cod to the Bourne Bridge via Route 28.


Outer Cape Cod to the Bourne Bridge via Route 6A


Chatham/Harwich to the Bourne Bridge via Route 28.

3.  Avoid making left hand turns on busy roads.

Out running errands?  If at all possible avoid making left hand turns crossing traffic on busy roads.  Not only can these be dangerous but it can take a while as well.  If possible try to plan a route that minimizes the number of left hand turns. An example of this would be if there is a store across the street from another and you have other stops to make further down the road. Go do those ones first and come back to the store across the street on your return trip.  If possible try to plan the left turns that you do have make around traffic lights.  This is one rule we try our best to follow for both our cleaning teams, and our linen delivery routes.

4.  Know you local back roads.

Tired of the stress and grind of driving Cape Cod’s main roads? There are usually alternative back-roads offer a much more relaxed drive. Technology has only made these roads more accessible and some of them have a few hidden gems on them as well.  Rules for driving these roads are simple, unless otherwise marked the speed limit is 30 mph, be courteous and mindful of joggers, walkers, bikers, pets & especially children!

5.  Take care of yourself out there.

Stay hydrated!  Wear polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes, and wear sunscreen to protect your skin.  Yes! You can get burnt while sitting in your car and its one of those half body burns too that you’ll likely tell people you got when you “fell asleep at the beach.”

On rotary’s and roundabouts

Rules are simple. Unless otherwise marked cars inside the rotary or roundabout have the right of way, oncoming cars must yield (stop if there’s traffic inside the rotary/roundabout go if clear).

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Cape Cod June 2015 Event Guide

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Summer is a busy time on Cape Cod and there are many events and festivals held celebrating the local culture of the area. These are some of June’s highlights on Cape Cod.

Fish Shaped Weather VaneOrleans Historical Society
3rd Annual Antiques Show Fundraiser

Saturday June 6th

Over 30 antique dealers participate in this outdoor antique show organized by the Orleans Historical Society. Gate admission is $6 or $5 if you mention the Orleans Historical Society website and parking is free. Take this opportunity to pursue antiques while brushing up on your local Orleans history and lore.

Rain or Shine.
Orleans Historical Society
9:00-3:30 Saturday June 6th
3 River Rd, Orleans, MA 02653


baseballCape Cod Baseball League

June 11th-August 11th

See the baseball’s future stars today in the relaxed and intimate settings of Cape Cod’s baseball fields.  The Cape Cod Baseball League is the country’s premier amateur baseball league. Current MLB stars such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Evan Longoria & Buster Posey, along with many others, took starring turns in the league. Did you know the Cape Cod Baseball League is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year! The games are held throughout the Cape meaning there is always a field nearby regardless of where you are on Cape Cod. Extremely family friendly and admission is free.

Click here for the schedule of games

Field Locations

Brewster Whitecaps Stony Brook Elementary
School 384 Underpass Rd., Brewster,MA 02631
Cotuit Kettleers Lowell Park
10 Lowell Avenue, Cotuit, MA
Hyannis Harbor Hawks Pope John Paul II High School
195 High School Road, Hyannis, MA 02601
Bourne Braves Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
220 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA 02532
Chatham Anglers Veteran’s Field
750 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
Falmouth Commodores Fuller Field
780 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540
Harwich Mariners Harwich High School:
105 Oak Street, Harwich MA 02645
Orleans Firebirds Eldredge Park:
84 Rt. 28, Orleans, MA 02653
Wareham Gatemen Wareham Middle School:
55 Viking Drive, Wareham, MA 02571
Y-D Red Sox Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
180 Station Ave, Yarmouth MA 02664

The Heritage Museums &
Gardens Annual Auto Show

10:00AM- 2:00PM
Saturday, June 13th

One of Cape Cod’s largest and longest running car shows set in the bucolic gardens of Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. There is something about looking at classic cars in shaded grass fields that is so appealing. Check out the cars and take a tour of the museum. A great family event. Admission: Adults $18, Children $8.

1968 Ford Galaxie

1968 Ford Galaxie, The Heritage Museums & Gardens Auto Show, Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA. Courtesy of Heritage Museums & Gardens

1962 "twin" Corvette

1962 “twin” Corvette. The Heritage Museums & Gardens Auto Show, Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA. Courtesy of Heritage Museums & Gardens

Sandwich Heritage Museums & Gardens
10:00-2:00 Sunday June 15th
67 Grove St, Sandwich, MA 02563


17th Provincetown <br/>International Film FestivalThe Provincetown International
Film Festival

June 18th- June 22nd

The 17th Annual Provincetown International Film is a nationally known independent film festival hosted on the Outer Cape every spring, featuring five days of domestic and international feature films, short films, and documentaries while highlighting the area’s unique history and culture.  Showing locations are the Provincetown Town Hall, Waters Edge Cinema in Provincetown, The Art House in Provincetown, The Wellfleet Drive-In and Wellfleet Preservation Hall. Ticket prices vary.

Festival Schedule

June 18th thru June 22nd
Provincetown & Wellfleet


hyannis fathers day auto show21st Annual Fathers Day
Hyannis Auto Show

7:00AM – 3:00PM
June 21st

The 21st Annual Hyannis Father’s Day Car Show, is held on Main Street in downtown Hyannis on Sunday June 21st. The auto show is a very popular father’s day activity. After all, what goes better together than fathers, classic cars, good company, and a small town vibe. Around 400 cars line Main St, and attendance is estimated to be 60,000!

7:00- 3:00 June 21st
Main Street Hyannis


Provincetown Portuguese Festival DisplayProvincetown Portuguese Festival &
Blessing of the Fleet

June 26th – 29th

The Provincetown Portuguese Festival is one of the highlights of June. It is one of Cape Cod’s most vibrant festivals. A resplendent splash of color and energy, the Portuguese Festival celebrates Provincetown’s Portuguese and maritime roots, culminating in the annual Blessing of the Fleet. During the festival, Commercial Street ripples with the festive greens and reds of the Portuguese flag. Traditional Portuguese dancers perform on Sunday. The Blessing of the Fleet is on Sunday with a procession starting at St. Peter the Apostle Church at noon arriving at MacMillan Pier at 1:00 for the blessing.

Provincetown Portuguese Festival Traditonal Dancers

Traditional Portuguese dancers, Provincetown Portuguese Festival, Cape Cod, MA

Provincetown Portuguese Festival Map

Provincetown Portuguese Festival Map, Cape Cod, MA

Decorated Boats for the Blessing of the Fleet

Boats decorated for the Blessing of the Fleet

 

Provincetown Center & Harbor
June 26th – June 29th


Other Events of Interest

The Provincetown 10K Charity
Road Race

Sunday May 31st
Provincetown Center

The Harwich 5 K Road Race

Saturday June 27th
Downtown Harwich

Sandwich-Fest

Saturday June 27th
Main St Sandwich

Those Blooming Trees!

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Cherry trees in Orleans at the intersection of Orleans Rd (Rt 28) and Main Street, in front of the Orleans United Methodist Church

Spring is one of our favorite seasons on Cape Cod.  The vibrant colors of spring foliage is a wonderful contrast to the stark tones of the winter. Look colors! Spring foliage has an impressive display of colors from verdant greens, to bright pinks & yellows, to brilliant whites.  Cherry trees produce massive bouquets of pink flowers, maples produce vibrant greens, and current trees & beach plums bloom with tiny white flowers along the shore line. This display only lasts for few weeks so make sure to savoir it while it is here. So get out there and take drive or better yet a walk! Orleans in particular has so many cherry trees that when they drop their petals they cover the roadways of Orleans center in fine pink confetti.

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Snow Library in Orleans has some fantastic landscaping.

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The section of the Cape Cod Rail Trail that runs though Orleans Center is a particular treat in Spring!

Eastham also has some very impressive cherry trees.

Eastham also has a number of cherry trees. This particularly impressive one is next to the Eastham Windmill Green.

Closeup of Cherry Blossoms, Eastham, Cape-Cod, MA

Cherry blossoms.

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All of the blooming trees and shrubs are an important food source for bees early in the spring.

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Current trees bloom with a small white flowers.

A Blossoming Beach Plum Bush.

Beach plums also bloom with brilliant white flowers. Both current trees and beach plums are found throughout Cape Cod, commonly sandy areas.

Wellfleet Main Street, Spring Foliage

Main Street in Wellfleet

Maple Trees, Main St, Wellfleet

Maple trees lining Main Street in Wellfleet.

 

Spring Cleanings

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      Glad that spring is here? We sure are! Here at The Furies, spring is our favorite season. The air is fresh and crisp, full of the smell of life. The beaches are wonderful, and of course, no more shoveling. Yay! Spring is also the time of year to get your house ready with a good old Spring Cleaning.

     Looking for an extra hand cleaning you house this spring or need a little direction? Take a look at our 2015 Spring Cleaning Checklist. If you would like the Furies’ team to take care of getting your house cleaned this spring just check off what you would like done, the date it you would like it completed by and send it back to us with the required deposit and let us handle the rest! The Furies Cleaning Service require a signed copy of the checklist and a deposit for all spring cleanings. This allows us to tailor the cleaning to the specific needs of the house and schedule the appropriate amount of time. Make sure to send your checklist back as soon as possible to ensure a slot on our busy spring schedule.

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If a house’s driveway looks like this, YIKES!

     There are a couple of important things to remember regarding spring cleanings. If the house’s driveway is narrow, please be sure it is brushed out so people can get to the house without damaging their vehicles. If the water or electricity turned off over the winter, remember to make the necessary arrangements to have it turned on about two weeks prior to the cleaning done by. Also be prepared to call an exterminator if the house has been empty during the off-season. Every spring we discover a number of critters that have taken up residence in houses over the winter, and we are expecting to find even more than we normally do after this year’s harsh winter, so keep an eye out.

 

30 Years of Shoreline Changes in Chatham

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Few places are as geologically dynamic as Cape Cod.  The sands beneath our feet are always shifting, driven by water and wind.  Cape Cod is a product of glacial deposition so it is geologically transient.  In the summer it can be easy to forget the transitory nature of Cape Cod, but storms of the winter reveal this characteristic the waves turn yellow because they are heavily laden with sand. Sand eroded from Cape Cod’s eastern ocean side beaches and bars is driven by currents following the arm of the Cape to the north to Provincetown’s Race Point and to the south to Chatham and Monomoy. This results in some of the most dynamic systems on Earth, particularly in Chatham. Chatham’s barrier beach follows a cyclical pattern that repeats about every 150 years as sand migrates from the north to the south towards Monomoy Island (which sometimes is an island and sometimes is not). Inlets open and close, islands are formed, move, and are subsumed.  The constant change makes Chatham’s waters difficult to navigate as channels move, shift, and disappear entirely. For thirty years NASA’s Landsats have been watching these changes occur and they are fascinating.

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Map of Chatham in 1942

“I waited on deck and watched the death-throes of the suffocating sands under the relentless onset of the sea. The last strongholds were battered, stormed, and overwhelmed; the tumult of sounds sank and steadied, and the sea swept victoriously over the whole expanse.”

Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands

 

Source:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/cape_cod.php