Subject: Re: Cape Cod in autumn
Don't worry about whale watching in September. there are plenty of whales to see then, but I suggest taking any of the many whale watching boats out of Provincetown. There are 3 or 4 boats sailing 3 times a day then. no reservations necessary, just walk up 1/2 hour before sailing departure time. Dolphin Fleet is excellent. Make sure it is a sunny nice day, with no storms at sea. They all go to the Stellwagan Bank and guaranty you see whales, or else you get a voucher for the next day.

If you want to see the real Cape, come to the outer Cape which begins at Chatham, and goes north along the Atlantic coastline through Orleans, Eastham (where I have a home), Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. Be sure to see Nauset Beach (Orleans), Fort Hill (Eastham), Nauset Light Beach (Eastham), and the National Seashore Visitor Center on Salt Pond in Eastham. Check the tide charts and if low tide at sunset time when you are there, walk out through the tidepools at sunset from First Encounter beach on the bay side in Eastham. Wellfleet harbor is quaint and beautiful, the Wellfleet Bird Sanctuary (Audubon Society) has a great location and easy hiking trails. Ballston Beach in Truro (Ocean side), and Highland Light in Truro (9 hole links golf course around a lighthouse). Provincetown is crazy on a Saturday night with a walk down Commercial street after an afternoon whale watch. Eat at Napi's or the Lobster Pot.

If time permits, see Martha's Vineyard and do some biking. Nantucket is beautiful but cuts your time too short as it 2 hours plus away at Sea. The Vineyard is much quicker and more convenient.

Paul in Eastham (Cape Cod), Massachusetts