S: Cape Cod Trip 2012
BC: CC Sea Camps 2012 WMS
FC: Cape Cod Trip 2012
1: Introduction | Throughout my time as a seventh grader, I have had lots of fun. However, the Cape Cod field trip was the best. Before the trip, I was looking forward to going, until I heard that there would be lots of rules, no freedom, and no fun. I learned otherwise on the trip. During our three days, we went to all different places all over the Cape and got to spend lots of time with friends. This trip was the definitely the highlight of my seventh grade year.
2: Day # 1 | Our first day of our Cape Cod trip was busy. Our first stop was in Plymouth. In Plymouth, we went on a boat ride on Captain John's boat and then visited Ocean Spray Cranberry bogs. On the boat, we went out into the harbor and experienced floating classrooms. There were five stations: plankton, horseshoe crab, lobster, the captain's cabin, and a touch and feel tank. At the plankton station, we learned fun facts and got to look at plankton that we scooped up from the water. At the horseshoe crab station, we learned about the history of these creatures and several facts about them.
3: We also learned how to measure their size and how to tell apart a male from a female. At the lobster station, we got to learn how to trap and band them. In the captain's cabin, we got to learn how to navigate a boat and tools used to navigate during the day and at night. Lastly, on the boat, there was a touch tank. While at this station, we got to pick up and learn about some of the different types of animals that are found in the ocean. Overall, this was great way to kick off the Cape Cod trip.
4: Right: As the captain rattled off questions, we all sat on wooden benches in boat's cabin and answer him. Whoever answered correctly got a moment of glory. They got to sit in the captain's chair. | Captain John's Boat Cruise | Below: Back of the bus posing for a photo in Plymouth.
5: Below: While passing by on Captain John's we got to see the Mayflower II docked. | Right: On the way into the harbor ,Hugh, Alex, Rosa, and I posed for pictures
6: Views of Plymouth Harbor | Left: As we cruise by on Caption John's boat, we all gaze over the railing. On the other side there is a classic red and white light house in the middle of the water | Below: Bridge connecting the two jetties surrounding the Plymouth Harbor.
7: Below: Houses at the end of Plymouth beach. (Can only be reached by a four wheel drive vehicle or boat.) | Below: A lighthouse off shore in the Plymouth Harbor.
8: Cranberry Bogs at Ocean Spray | Below & Right: Cranberry bogs at Ocean Spray.
9: Top Left: While at Ocean Spray, after lunch, we all explored the cranberry bogs.
10: More Cranberries!! | ____________________________________________________________ | Above: An old truck that was parked in front of the Ocean Spray facilities. This truck was used to transport cranberries.
11: Below: Cranberry bog at Ocean Spray.
12: Day # 2 | On day two, we left Cape Cod Sea Camp and made our way to Marconi Station and the Atlantic White Ceder Swamp Trail. When we arrived, we ate our boxed lunches, which came from Local Flavor, and headed over to the site of the wireless communication station. We discussed how erosion has been slowly destroying Marconi Beach and how it is also turning the upper part of the Cape into an island. After we finished, we headed over to Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail.
13: I had a feeling that the swamp would be great place. The deeper we walked into the woods, the nicer it became. First, it started with low shrub pine trees and a harsh sea breeze. As we headed in deeper, the hike declined in altitude. Starting from the height of the cliff and what used to be the wireless communication station, Marconi Station, we descended to around sea level. At the start of the hike, Ms. Hawkins told us about the trees starting low to the ground because of the wind off of the ocean. The wind stunts the growth of the tree. The trees gradually got taller as we hiked down because of the lower altitude and the lesser wind intensity. The more we descended, the quieter it became. The only sounds were rustling of leaves and animals in this habitat.
14: Left and Right: Classmates collecting marine life at low tide on the beach at Cape Cod Sea Camp. in Brewster.
15: Tidal Flat Activities
16: Marconi Station | Top and Bottom: Sand trails on the cliffs of Marconi Station.
17: Hut displaying mini model of wireless communication structure.
18: Above: Plaque explaining when station was built and what it did. | Right: Mini replica of the actual wireless communication station.
19: Marconi Station Wireless Communication Model
20: Atlantic White Ceder Swamp Trail | Sign showing the way to the Atlantic White Ceder Swamp Trail.
21: Above: As we walk on the trail in single file we stop to reflect on the area that we are currently in. | Top & bottom: Views of the trees and trail on the way in and out of the swamp.
22: Water Coloring With Artist Bill Lutz | Above: As I am painting, I focus on what masterpiece I am trying to create.
23: Above: Mr. Lutz teaches us the skill of water painting as we gather around him to watch.
24: Day #3 | Today was great! Even though we started by visiting an osprey's nest and did not see any birds, we had a great time on the sand dunes right before Provincetown. The dunes were definitely the highlight of the trip. When we arrived, our bus just pulled over on the side of the road next to a dirt path that had no sign. When we got off the bus, we all walked up the path and took off our shoes. Barefoot, we walked up a small sand ramp beneath an overhang of trees that led out to miles and miles of dunes. After walking about a 1/4 mile, we arrived at what was probably the steepest and tallest dune. When we started climbing up one of the dunes, everyone knew that it would be hard. In total, it probably took about three to five minutes to climb the dune. Even though it was a hard climb, it was definitely worth it. When reached the top, we knew that it would be the perfect place to jump off of.
25: While at the dunes, we had a long jump competition, a group jump for Mr. Cibula while took a picture of us, and had races down the slopes. After doing all of this, everyone was exhausted. Before getting back on the bus, we were treated to watermelon. We then headed to Doane Rock where we had boxed lunches. Finally, we went to Sandwich Beach to wait for the rest of our grade on the other buses to arrive. While waiting for of the other buses to arrive, Charlie ,Emilija, Sydney, Alexander, Lucas, Jack, Evan, and I set up a goal and played an elimination shoot out soccer game. About 30 minutes later, the last bus met us at the beach and we all headed back to Wayland. Unfortunately, on the bus ride home, in Milton, a car cut off the lead bus. This caused all of the buses to suddenly stop. When this happened, our bus crashed into the bus in front of us. We were lucky that no one was hurt and the bus was not too damaged. This is one trip that I will never forget.
26: Osprey's Nest | Below: As we walk to the Osprey's nest, we see this sign explaining that we are not allowed to go any closer. | Above: As we stop before the sign, we get a clear view of the nest.
27: Above: View of the fields in the reserved area surrounding the Osprey's nest.
28: Buttonbush Trail | Above: Before we entered the trail "blind," we took one last glance at the surroundings.
29: Below: While on the trail, we could only open our eyes at the signs in order to read what they said. | Above: While walking through the Buttonbush trail, I experience what it is like to be blind.
30: Sand Dunes | Before entering the dunes, we had to walk down a dirt/sand path and up this sand ramp. | While standing on the dunes you could see for miles. | After taking a running start, I jump off the dune
31: Top: As we all counted down the jump, we ran up to the edge and jumped off as a group. | Below: As I land my jump, Emily fallows up behind me to decide who can jump the farthest off the dune.
32: Doane Rock | Above: While unpacking our lunch, we gaze off the rock at the teachers sitting below.
33: Above: While at Doane Rock, you could see how big the glacier deposit was compared to is's surroundings.
35: During the Cape Cod trip, I had the chance to travel all over the Cape with my friends. The one thing that I am sure that I will remember for the rest of my life was the fun we all had jumping off the sand dunes. It was definitely the best thing that I did. It was an activity that I had never done before and may never have the chance to do again. Fun activities, good friends, and terrific teachers made this a memorable trip.