That's me bouncing like a happy fool.

That's me bouncing like a happy fool.

Yesterday was a good day here. We checked in with a lot of our favorite local businesses, including Snow’s, where the kids enjoy browsing the toys and I check out all the wonderful kitchen gear; the Hole in One Donut Shop, which has the best donuts anywhere ever; Orlean’s Cycle, which offers the best bike service in the area and good rental rates right on the Cape Cod Rail Trail bike path; and the Hot Chocolate Sparrow, which has great coffee, treats, and candies. It was good to see that many of our old friends are surviving this tough economy and continue to draw big crowds. We did notice one casualty, though: the Sea Dog restaurant in Eastham is no more, which means there’s one less spot for us to grab a cheap veggie burger for lunch.

The big items of the day included our first pilgramage to the trampoline center and a walk around the salt pond at the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The Trampoline Center, which is located on Main Street in Harwichport, has been a family favorite since I was 7 years old. This place is a small field of pits in the ground covered with trampolines–my kids call it the trampoline farm, and they start begging to go here about 2 seconds after we cross the bridge onto the Cape.  Five bucks buys you 10 minutes on a trampoline, which may not sound like much, but about 2 minutes into it you realize that jumping is really hard work! We got two trampolines, and the four of us took turns bouncing around.

Thing 1 and thing 2 catching some air.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 catching some air.

The other big adventure of the day was a visit to the Salt Pond Visitor Center at the Cape Cod National Seashore to pick up a schedule of activities and take the short walk along the salt pond and marshes. This walk usually marks the moment when we all finally relax and get into vacation mode, probably because the views are so calming:

Hubby thinks this is the best spot on Earth.

Hubby thinks this is the best spot on Earth.

We have done a few of the ranger guided activities in the park in past years and plan to participate in some again this year. Thing 1 wants to do the Salt Pond canoe trip with me, which we’ll do if the weather is good that day. Thing 2 enjoyed watching the short movie that explains the formation and geology of Cape Cod–a film I think I’ve seen at least 20 times over the years. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I will say that it involves glaciers, which can make you feel cool even on the hottest summer day.

I don’t know yet what today holds. The weather is threatening rain, but I really want to go hiking and biking, not shopping. We’ll just have to see what we get to do.

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