Onlookers bundled into trousers and hoodies Sunday afternoon while participants in the 2009 Cape Cod Old Timers Longboard Classic got into the water without wetsuits. They were supposed to gather at White Crest Beach last month, but organizers postponed the surfing competition because of Hurricane Bill’s riptides. Air temperatures Sunday were in the low 60s. A strong wind blew in off the ocean. And those with antifreeze in their veins took long boards made before 1970 out for a ride.
The crowd dispersed by about 7:30. Cars snaked out of the parking lot at Wellfleet’s renowned surfing beach. Far less graceful than surf boards as modes of transportation, cars bumped along to Rte. 6. There, they met a steady stream of bumper-to-bumper traffic. No question about it. Summer was over. If only the surfing could go on and on.
I’m not ready for the switch of seasons. Not ready for school to start. Not ready for my kids to get that grim-faced look that only homework produces. Not ready to abandon my desk here in Wellfleet, where I look out at tidal marsh, pitch pines, white oak, and the birds who inhabit them. I’m not ready to trade the profound silence of the Outer Cape for the hustle bustle of Boston.
I’ll be making regular trips to Wellfleet this year thanks to WCAI. Keep looking here for news updates and features. My goal is to keep reading and learning about the Outer Cape. I’ll share my gleanings here once a week. And stay tuned to the radio. Later this fall, WCAI will broadcast the series I’ve been putting together about the issues that shape experience in Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
Keep me posted. Let me know if I’m missing stories, big or small. I’ll be wishing for endless summer even as I savor each season on and off Cape.