Provincetown, Massachusetts

After two rainy days in Portland Maine, my father and I drove south to the Cape. We stayed in Hyannis Port, and explored a few of the local towns. One of my favorite days there we spent visiting Provincetown. We happened to visit on a sunny, warm day. We walked the downtown section easily, and then spotted the Pilgrim Monument. I am delighted by all things historical and old, so I explored the museum and monument on my own while my dad took a break in the car.

Construction on the Pilgrim Monument began in 1907 when Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone, and the monument was completed in 1910. The museum and monument was built to educate the general public about the Mayflower Pilgrims arrival to the New World in 1620.

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I climbed about 116 steps and walked up 6o ramps to reach the monuments viewing platform at the top, which stands 252 feet tall. It was a beautiful view.

From there we drove back to Hyannis Port where we picked up fish and chips to go, and watched a beautiful sunset on the beach.

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I love days spent in the fresh air, listening to the beat of the waves. I could have easily spent a week in Hyannis Port playing on the beach, eating delicious seafood, and exploring all the little towns.  To me, beach days and the smell of the crisp ocean air are summer.