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S: Cape Cod 2010 by Jack Bell

BC: These are some memories that I hope I will never forget. Being at the cape has brought back fun, stronger friendships and lots of sand! Even though it felt like the cape trip would never end, the trip must finish and life must go on, though I will always remember my friends, the cabin, the shower and the sand.

FC: Cape Cod 2010

1: Explorers of the Bay 5/26 5/27 5/27 Cape Memory Book

3: We arrived at school and laid down our full bags. I came early, some came later, but we all got to the "Explorers of the bay" sign. Mr. Rivera watched us closely as we joked and chatted with friends in different groups before embarking on our lengthy bus trip to the cape. My two pictures show some of my friends goofing off until the bus arrives to take us away from school for three days.

5: The bus trip was full of fun with friends, but it was also long and exhausting. You can see this on Mr. Rivera's face as we are about to set sail on Captain John's boat to learn about whales and other forms of marine life!

7: This was the first great view of Plymouth that was visible from the bus. It overlooks the harbor that is just to the south of the Mayflower reproduction.

9: While I was still on the bus, I saw some boats that I decided to take pictures of. The one on top had people on it and was moving while the one on bottom was farther away, but not moving.

12: When we approached the boat, we passed a black car that was very near to the boat. My friend David posed in front of my camera with the car behind him. When we got onto the boat, there was a few minutes of delay, so I took some pictures of my friends before we sailed out onto the bay.

15: As we began our voyage out to the bay, We passed the miniature shrine that encloses Plymouth rock. Because people used to be able to walk up to the rock and chip some of it off as a souvenir, the rock has been reduced to one third of its original size.

17: As we left the harbor and traveled out onto the bay, we started to gain speed. When you looked out at the water behind the boat, it looked like a giant Orca tail rising from the surface of the water as shown in the picture on bottom.

19: When it was time to go to our stations, our group first went to the control station. There was a lot of equipment there ranging from the horn to the radar that can identify objects below the surface of the water.

21: When we came to the last station, we learned about lobsters. We not only learned about the lobsters themselves, we learned about the lobster cages too. The cages are specifically designed to let smaller lobsters get out but trap larger ones. They also have parts that erode away in a certain amount of time so if a cage is stuck on the ocean bottom, the lobsters could get out and survive. You are not allowed to bring up pregnant females as shown in the upper photo.

23: After our experience on the boat, we drove to Coast Guard Beach for some R and R. Ironically, there wasn't a life guard anywhere in sight. While some people took this time to just hang out, others skipped stones and found strange and interesting rocks. We were only allowed to go into ankle deep water.

25: We finally got to see the cabins where we would be staying. They were less spectacular than I hoped and slightly stuffy. Overall, it was fine and there were lots of bunk-beds. I was going to sleep in a single bed, but then decided to bunk with my friend Josh Cohen. Our cabin was very crazy and had to be divided into student made zones. We named our zones after countries. Josh and I were Poland, Basil and Andrew were India, Matt and Zach were Soviet Russia and Mike and Rudra were Ireland. Although Russia invaded Ireland, Ireland fought back and regained its lost territories.

27: Let's not speak about dinner.

29: After dinner, we left for Bass River Sports World. When we got there, we found a Gorilla statue in front of the mini golf courses. TK decided to pose on the metal ape and Scott decided to jump into the picture. We got free ice cream and played mini golf. Some kids went to the driving range and others spent their time in the arcade.

31: After we left the Sports World, we got back on the bus to go back to the camps and sleep. Although I gave my arcade tickets away, Karl spent his on prizes. He bought a foam rocket pistol and rocket launcher as well as a red clown fish he named "Fishy."

33: On the second day, we first went to the sand dunes. It was mile after mile after mile of dunes that were speckled with dots of green vegetation.Going up the dunes was the hardest part. You would go up three feet and slide back down two. Going down, easy. Although I didn't take pictures in fear of ruining my camera, we would stand on top of the dunes and make fantastic leaps towards the bottom of sand mountains. But there were some notable exceptions who just laid in the sand and took in the fresh air.

35: Next on our lists was Nauset lighthouse. Because Cape Cod is slowly eroding away, the lighthouse is far enough inland to guide ships and stay dry.

37: On our final day at the cape we visited the Marconi Station. From here the first trans-Atlantic communication was sent to England.

39: After visiting the Marconi Station we headed to the White Cedar Swamp. The trail was like an all-you-can-eat buffet for mosquitoes. They swarmed us until we went one by one down the trail. It was a chance to really connect with nature and be surrounded by a swamp of beauty.

41: We took one last trip to Coast Guard Beach before we headed off to Sandwich Beach to regroup with the rest of the school and head home.

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