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My younger sister always gets me Cape Cod Life for my birthday. My second issue came in today’s mail. I love reading through it, perusing the ads, the photos, the art and antiques. It brings me back to much earlier times. The last time I was on Cape Cod was 1984 – we rented a house for a week with the whole family. We knew then that we’d be moving south to Florida at the new year. I’ve been back north many times, but never back to “The Cape”. In high school, we had a house in Wrinkle Point (Bass River). I had a job (one of the worst!) washing dishes at the Riverview Lobster House in Yarmouth – it was close enough that I could walk to it. I made enough money to buy a few things that summer (first madras jacket ), but mostly what I wanted to do was just loaf – go to the beach – and just hang out (although I don’t think we said “hang out” back then). Things took a nasty turn economically then (somewhat like these days), and my parents had to sell that house. After I moved to Florida, my sisters continued to go to The Cape summers with their children and families. I know they enjoyed it.
As I turn these pages – it brings me back . . . Thank you M.A.
This is the tenth anniversary of John F Kennedy Jr’s passing. I think of the Kennedys and Cape Cod Massachusetts as one. Once our whole family went to Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis. As we were leaving the Kennedys were coming in. We took a photo – but it never came out. That sure would have been a keeper – but eh – not in the cards.
When Richard Blow’s book American Son – A Portrait of John F Kennedy Jr came out in 2002 I snapped it up and read it quickly. I was keenly interested in reading about John Jr. I truly believe that Richard Blow was wrongly criticized for writing the book. On the TV interview show The View – those farting hens (who never read the book) ripped Mr. Blow a “new one” and ever since I bash the show and its sagging troupe whenever the show is mentioned – they are a waste of time and airspace and provide little benefit to the public. I remember writing to Mr. Blow through the publisher – actually thanking him for writing the book. If he made money from it, so what, it really doesn’t matter does it? JFK Jr is history, and history needs to be written. Thank you again Richard! Its a great book!
These are a few photos that I took at the beach last year – August – at Ponce Inlet near Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest in Florida and the second tallest in the United States. 203 steps take you to the top for a great view of the Florida coastline and the Halifax River from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is on the National Historic Landmark list and is one f the few light stations in the country with all the original keepers’ dwellings and outbuilding still intact.
Friday I took a day off and went to the beach. I wanted to take some photos of the lighthouse at Ponce Inlet at the extreme south end of Daytona Beach.
At another time I’ll post some of the lighthouse photos that I took as well as some of the beach scene.
The beach opens to vehicle traffic at 8 AM. I actually got there at 6:30 AM as I was trying to get some photos of the sunrise with the lighthouse. But the logistics didn’t work. I couldn’t be on the beach photoing the lighthouse, and I could be at the lighthouse photoing the sunrise.
The sunrise — This photo is untouched. As soon as I uploaded it to my computer – I just loved it. I’m going to have this one printed – I may even have it arranged as a greeting card. Anyway, I think its awesome.
While I was waiting for the beach gate to open, I noticed a sign at the entrance to the beach called “North Turn”. I’d been there at least fifty time before, but I never knew what the term “north turn” meant. Later I drove a little south to the last entrance to the beach, and anther sign told me about “South Turn”.
NORTH TURN – Click on the photo to read more about it. This is NASCAR history. Back in the day waaaay before there was a Daytona Speedway racetrack, the cars raced on the beach, banked by the sand dunes. (Way before ecological grumblings ever surfaced).
The race car drivers would race “up” the beach to North Turn and turn onto what is Atlantic Ave (US A1A), race south to the “south turn” and back to complete one full lap.
This area of the beach in the Ponce Inlet area is now home to 10 MPH speed limits, sunbathers, surfers, and condos. The history is there, and sports car enthusiasts, and NASCAR fans can find the roots of the sport on this part of the beach.