We awoke to another humid day at the Walmart of Onset, Massachusetts. We drove east and crossed over the bridge onto Cape Cod. Our first stop was the Cape Cod Canal Museum, a US Army Corps of Engineers museum which interprets the history of the Cape Cod Canal. The museum has on display the canal patrol boat Renier:
The kids struggle to maintain control in stormy seas:
At the flag display, the kids spelled out YOU ARE BEING WATCHED:
Magnetic fishing for laminated paper fish:
Looking from the canal out to sea:
Continuing east, we stopped at the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory to tour the facility:
The tour involves walking down a hallway with interpretive signage and windows that look into the production area. We could see the potato slices being fried and salted, then ride a conveyor belt off to packaging. The tour was self guided and the factory doesn’t allow photographs to be taken:
Next we visited Cape Cod National Seashore. Our first stop was the visitor center:
We visited the Three Sisters of Nauset lighthouses. By the early 1900s, only the center lighthouse still had a beacon:
The Nauset Light replaced the Three Sisters lights in 1923:
We drove north to the Marconi Wireless Station Site, location of the first trans-oceanic radio broadcast:
Fragments of the radio station? Perhaps:
A bit south from the Marconi Site is Marconi Beach. It was crowded, so we didn’t stay:
We returned to the visitor center where the kids handed in their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges:
Overall we found Cape Cod to be very crowded. I’m not sure why people enjoy coming here.
We drove back off the island to overnight again at the Walmart of Onset, Massachusetts. See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.