S: D y l a n V a n e l l i
1: Every year around June, 7th graders from the Wayland Middle School travel to Cape Cod on a three day adventure. This trip is something many schools cannot afford, this means the students do not share common experiences. At Wayland Middle School we are greatly privileged to go on this wonderful trip, and even more so to experience the ambiance of Cape Cod. The teachers devote endless hours of work for our enrichment, and our devolving lives. In that this experience makes us less indifferent about the planets environment.
2: One of the many steps, it is indicated by a taped section.
3: Day 1
5: A clear path on Cape Cod's Button Bush Trail, one of the only trails for the blind in the United States. | Here is one of the elements that helps guide visitors. This taped area lets people know a step is coming up.
6: Doane's ROCK
7: "Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." -Rachel Carson
8: This is our bus group eating lunch on Doane's after a long morning. | This is a memorial made out to John Doane, the founder of Doane's Rock.
10: M a r c o n i S t a t i o n | The Marconi Station sign. This marks the location of a very early radio station. | Marconi Station is right on the coast. Sounds of the sea add to the ambiance of the coastal atmosphere.
12: The diverse vegetation displayed at Marconi's Station.
13: The open terrain at the edge of Cape Cod. This is Marconi's Station.
14: White Cedar Swamp Trail
17: The winding bridge weaves it's way through the dense maze of vegetation. | The still red waters of Cape Cod's Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.
18: Day 2 Highlights
19: Sand dunes
20: Andy flipping off the dunes. This was the first activity of day 2.
21: The bus group playing in the sand, burying Brad.
22: The Naviator in Wellfleet
25: The head of the Naviator. This is in Wellfleet bay right after lunch from Local Flavor.
27: Here you can see a bird nested on top of a vibrant red buoy. | This is a pregnant female spider crab.
28: Scott catching a spider crab at the Tidal Flats.
29: Day 3 Highlights
30: Osprey at Crosby Beach and Playing on the beach
31: A concentrated bus group observes the ospreys in silence.
32: A far off shot of the endangered ospreys in their nest.
33: A close up the the illusive ospreys. This is increased in quality for the purpose of viewing.
34: Here is a small game of Beach football on Crosby Beach
36: CONCLUTION | After going on the Cape Cod trip a few moments and powerful messages stood out. I learned an exceptional amount about environmental protection, vision impairments, and overall experienced the oceanic ambiance. This setting of Cape Cod is an ideal location for a schools group conveniently located in Massachusetts to go. The cabins at Cape Cod sea camp were very conferral, dry, and warm. But aside from the rooming, the geological features near by were astonishing. One of the most interesting and enriching places we went to was Button Bush Trail. This was the first place we went traveled to right after the long bus ride. This trail is one of the only trails in the United States for the blind.
37: Although a quick walk the scenery is marvelous, and the features for the blind, guiding them through are amazing. This should serve as a model for things to enhance the lives of the visually impaired. Another remarkable landmark worth mentioning was the White Cedar Swamp Trail. This trail has some stunning physical traits. The rust colored water produced from illuminating vegetation casts an eerie glow One last highlight of the trip for me was the Ospreys. These endangered birds which happens to live in Cape Cod are fantastic creatures. When my bus group went to study them we saw something very attention-grabbing.
38: The mother bird was carrying a live fish in its mouth we observed through binoculars. It then proceeded to the nest with its catch. Next it scoured the fish on barbed wire before feeding it to its throughout the swamp. But this swamp is kept clean, and left to nature. This explains the insect population. young. This was a motivating site and summed up the Cape Cod trip for me. | End of Conclusion
39: The sluggish atmosphere seemed to slur all sounds. Decomposing rust colored vegetation cast an eerie glow through the still water. Twisted trees peppered through out the vast labyrinth seemed the beg for the meager amount of light allowed through the dense canopy above. Light reflected off the still rust water, the water darker deep down radiated a suffocating feeling. Vibrant green moss seemed to grow on every surface like fungi grows in caves. The green contrasting with the rust color produced a dark, blood red. The fermenting tree limbs, and sage leaves mixed into a blood red potion, almost like a haunting murder scene. But despite this the feeling was peaceful, and quiet. The only nuisance was the extremely expanding mosquito population. | Writing pieces
40: Despite this the feeling withstood the siege of nascences to create a very peaceful sanctuary from daily life. The immersing humming sound so powerful, above the buzz of mosquitoes, talking of other 7th graders, and the gentle plummet of debris colliding with the water. This brings a lively feel to the swamp, immersing all inhabitants. | White Cedar Swamp | End of piece 1
41: The Naviator | The genital roll of the ocean water crashing up against the sturdy ship. Slowly we tugged through Wellfleet bay on the Naviator, a commercial fishing ship as well as an educational guide. A man in a bright red sweatshirt cast an iron cage into the navel blue waters, twinkling in the hot mid-morning sun. It splashed into the bay with a single crash. The mist of a passing wave hazed in the fresh, salty air. A crisp wind caused many of us on board to seek refuge under the side rails. Down there it was warm, not exposed to the strong ocean winds. This is why we were advised to bring warm clothing.
42: Despite the warnings most of us, including me were dressed in a simple outfit of shorts, and a t-shirt. It was good character building to be out in the open I think, I am an optimist, but despite my optimistic feeling I did not last on deck long, and most who mainly saw this situation as bad luck simply closed their eyes and napped, until abruptly woken. I though did not sleep, for I was here to learn.
43: After the man in the sweatshirt reeled in the cage, slowly pulling a rough beige rope, it reveled a box full of crabs, clams, and other marine bottom dwellers. The tour guide, and a volunteer taught us about the animals that they caught. One I found particularly interesting was the pregnant spider crab that they caught. One thing interesting I learned from this is the closer the crab is to birth, the grayer the eggs are. When we saw them they were pick indicating that the crab was further away.
44: Writing Piece 3 | Ospreys | The playful chirps of summer birds fill the air with a playful melody. The hot morning sun beat down upon the bus group, closely studying the baby birds perched a few hundred years off. The high resolution binoculars zoom in to almost x16 of the original view. Small, helpless white heads pop in and out of the straw nest. Off in the distance the mother osprey franticly flying to the nest, a dead fish in mouth. This is what my bus group and I observed the morning of the last day. A peaceful miracle of nature. The mother bird feeding her hungry babies.
45: We were lucky to be here, observing these wonderful creatures, and even more fortunate to be equipped with the supplies necessary to make the most out of this experience. For me this really summed up the Cape Cod trip, after all the Ospreys were the most anticipated part of the trip and now I see why. It brings the group out to nature, there we can study and observe. This is a mix of science, English, and traces of other fields. Here we apply ourselves, and use what we have been working on all year long, for this activity, and these skills can be used for the rest of our lives.