Road Travel 2019 & a Bikini Cocktail / 7-3-19

    Welcome back to the show that never ends, summer vacations on old Cape Cod. were driving congestions abound and there are no left hand turns to be made. Hello my friends and welcome to the abra-kadabra of summer fun. We want to wiggle our nose, then our toes, but unless we get a little magic happening or a have a flying carpet, make sure you can trip only happens with right hand turns cause you ain't maken a left hand turn, especially on Rt 28 or Iyannough Rd, going towards the rotary. And speaking of rotaries, Oh my, if there is any way you can avoid one, even driving 5 miles out of your way to do so is the best option. I'm sorry but there is a certain state's drivers that just can not handle them or those dear seasoned snow birds that like to drive 10-15 miles an hour under the speed limit, heavens to betties you get stuck behind one of those in the rotary.. To anyone readying this, please remember the airport rotary is 2 lanes not 1 and please, I know it is against a lot of New Englanders religion or beliefs but please USE A DARN SIGNAL. And when you are traveling either down RT 6, 6A, 28, Satucket, Queen Ann's, or any other major road, please at least do the speed limit, not 5-15 below it. I love you, I really don't want to run up your tail pipe but seriously if you don't know where you are going, pull over and find out where you need to go then get there. If there is no one behind fine get our and push the vehicle, but if you are holding up anyone please be mindful and pull over, let the folks pass then move on, it will lessen your stress as well as those behind you. We love tourist, really we do, you help pay our neighbors and friends mortgages, you help put our kids through school and you help put food on our tables. To you locals remember they are only here about 3 months, so be nice, take a deep breath and be mindful that they may be going to your establishment to spend money. I know this is all old stuff, we hear it, we know it, but so often we let it get to us, then act like idiots. Please folks take a deep breath and just relax and enjoy it, they are trying to get a little taste of what we live the other 9 months of the year. Now for you folks staying in the areas that are residential areas, there are several that the numbers are up there for year round areas, I happen to live in one of those, as you travel the back roads, be careful we have, parents with strollers and little ones, we have kids on bikes we have fur bablies out walking their humans. Please these areas, slow down and you locals do likewise please. 

      So have I offended enough people? Have a covered about all age groups and staying situations (visitors and year rounders). Have I made my point to both sides of the road? Please, be careful, mindful and responsible, but most of all enjoy this place we call old Cape Cod and allow others around you to enjoy it as well. Have a great one and have a wicked awesome to all here on Cape Cod.  
      Well another week of small business reports and places to go and things to do. We all like ice cream and a few years ago I did a tour of what was voted on in a few other publications to be the top ice cream shops. So if the weather holds and you need some place to get cooled down with some great ice cream go check these out. If I don't include you sorry I am not thinking negative thoughts just I can not get to all of you out there. So here are what I have been too and a few others I have heard of.
      Cape Cod Creamery, - 3 locations, South Yarmouth, Dennis, and Hyannis
      Sundae Schools - now 3 locations Dennis Port, Harwich Port, and East Orleans 
      Four Season Ice Cream -  Centerville
      Polar Cave - Mashpee
      Smitty's Homemade - Falmouth
      Twin Acres Ice Cream - Sandwich
      Sweet Caroline's - Forestdale 
      School House Ice Cream - Harwich Port
      Nauset Ice Cream - Eastham
      The Local Scoop - Orleans
      Steve & Sue's Ice Cream West Hyannis
   And the list goes on and on. So find your favorite and enjoy but look around and try something new, you might just be surprised to find a new favorite. Happy Ice Creaming. 
      Now I also wanted to do a non-small business list. This time of Lighthouses that need to be checked out and visited. You will need to google each one to see if and when they are open to the public or if there are any activities going on. So get out there and enjoy and learn some lighthouse history. 
      Nobska Light - Falmouth/Woods Hole
      Sandy Neck Light - West Barnstable
      West Dennis Light - West Dennis
      Monomoy Light -  Monomoy Island
      Chatham Light - Chatham 
      Nauset Light - Eastham
      Three Sisters Lighthouses - Eastham
      Highland Light - Truro
      Race Point - Provencetown
      Long Point - Provencetown
      Wood End Light - Provencetown
      Wings Neck Light - Poccaset
      and don'f forget the islands, Im running out of room so google them and go see them when you are island hopping.  
      Their ba-ack, and now more than even last week and we are already starting to see beach closings. Look folks I know we need to be safe, but nature is nature, we don't close the woods just because there's a bear in the woods. We don't stop people from going rock climbing when there are bobcat and mountain lion sightings. So why are we closing the beaches when there are shark sightings. Some of you are jumping up and down and asking what is this old coot saying? Has he lost his marbles, has he gone mad, has he, this, or that? Well no I have not, but I am stating that we can not protect all people from doing stupid things, and for the most part, most people can use their brains and eyesight when swimming. Yes we need to post when in the area, just like they do when there are bear and bobcat sightings but we need to stop the hysteria and learn to live with them. As you can figure I am just a little perturbed over this, I have heard even some comments that they need to close all beaches on the Cape for the summer, Please move to Montana where the Bison roam and dig a hole and crawl in it. Yes I am being a little harsh, but we are going too over board if you ask me. But then again that is my opinion and mine along, Ok I have had a few others express this to me as well. But it is not the management of this, blog thing or whatever this reporter calls it.Ok I have said my peace, now time to move on. 
      So have you been looking for any of the beacons while you are out on the beaches after dark? For you folks on the south side, the Sound side, while you were out watching your fire works did you notice the light house beacons from Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Chatham. And depending on where you where possibly from Woods Hole, Nobska? Over the years I get reports that all can be seen. And those of you watching in Orleans, what about Race Point light or even Duxberry? Some say they have seen even Highland light over the duns and some think a few others, but I wonder about that as there are not many left on the Bay side that are prominent like around the Sound and out along the outer Cape's Atlantic side. Anyway, over the next several weeks as you are out at night keep your eyes open, find a nice dark place to escape to along a beach and go star gazing and light beacon searching. I think you will have a fun time and best of all, its all for free. Well I have gabbed enough today, stay safe, keep your eyes and ears open and just have fun in all you do as you are here on this great place we call old Cape Cod.      
      Wow the weather has started to heat up and the beaches are beginning to get a work out, and especially with a lot of Bikinis all around. But we are more interested right now in the kind that we get to drink than the kind we wear, and some would say they would need a lot of them to wear one. Oh well has the textile and garment industry really duped the majority of folks into thinking what they want us to wear, show off, cover up or think we need to hide. But for those who think they need a good stiff one before they head to the beach here is the main event to the entire year. Just do all a favor and be a responsible consumer and host and please don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive, the life you take may be a loved one, or someone else's loved one. Now on with the show:
      This week's recipe: a Bikini Cocktail
      1      oz      light rum
      2      oz      vodka
   1/2      oz      milk
      1      tsp     sugar
   1/2      lemon the juice from
      Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add rum, vodka, milk, sugar, and lemon juice. Shake well, and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. 
      Ok I found no less than 6 different sights with this recipe, no one gave or took credit, I will just say this is what is out there all the same all agree on amounts and how to put together. So enjoy if they are all willing to copy each other. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on