The old-timers on Cape Cod wax nostalgic about the days wayback, before 1965 or so, when the Cape would shut down as a tourist spot afterLabor Day. The “See you nextsummer” signs would go up, people would heave a sigh of relief and locals wouldenjoy perhaps the two best months – September and October – all to themselves.
Inevitably the secret got out, the chamber of commerce folksfigured there was still a good deal of money to be made, and lo and behold! Theshoulder season was born. Technically, late spring is included in the shoulder season too; butlet’s face it: Indian summer rockson Cape Cod.
For those who don’t have to flee the peninsula by the end of August and can take the time to explore some otherwise-crowded waterfront,September and October are ideal for some of the area’s most scenic seaside geocachingtoo.
The “Pirate Island” cache, on a sandy spit in Pleasant Bay,is well worth a quick launch or even a swim across Round Cove. Or if you’re a guest at the lovelyWequasset Inn in Harwich, you can stroll down the beach to find the treasure. Cocktails and cache make a mighty fineway to wind down a September day.
“Sunset at Rock Harbor” in Orleans is always popular insummer, but try it in October – at least the cache by that name, even if youcan’t stay for the solar Technicolor show. No problem about parking and few nongeocaching muggles tolook at you funny as you snoop around behind the beach.
The shoulder season offers a gentle transition before thecold, wet, gray days of winter. Enjoy it while you can – or at least until the next destinationhighlight on the calendar: holidaystrolls.
Images, from top:
Sailboats in Round Cove
The Outer Bar:pre-caching cocktails
Horseshoe crab heaven
Rock Harbor at low tide, sanscrowds