For those stuck in traffic crawling along Routes 6A or 28,Orleans can seem like a bottleneck clogging the divide between the Lower andOuter Cape. Drivers slingshotting from Suicide Alley around the Orleans rotarymiss most of the town altogether. But just off the busy main roads, a sidestepaway from Nauset Beach, lie several coves with public landings that make a fineplace to launch a boat, fish, or just sit in the sun. Of course, Trail Hounddelights in finding the geocaches hidden in these little gems of shoreline.
“This Beautiful Place” lives up to its name: an exquisitepiece of shoreline between Nauset Harbor and Mill Pond. A sandy trail encirclespart of the shore, beckoning walkers to the water as well as boaters and fishermen.
Not far away, at the end of Tonset Road, is another landingand geocache, “Down By the Sea.” The site is popular with kayakers.
“Asa’s Landing,” on Gibson Road, is another appealingfishing and boating spot. The multicache hidden there offers a short strollalong the shore – make sure it’s not high tide if you want to find the secondstage.
Down toward The River leading to Little Pleasant Bay,there’s a second cache now at Kent’s Point Conservation Area, “Don’t Climb theBank,” in case you really need another excuse to visit the wooded trails onthis breezy point.
The inlets of East Orleans offer cool breezes, a place to sitquietly, get sand between your toes and access to the waterfront – who needsthe crowds at the beach?
Images, from top:
This Beautiful Place
Kayakers at Tonset