In the previous post, Jan narrated the places we visited despite the overcast and often rainy couple of days. But we certainly enjoyed the trip and I really enjoyed watching Jan to go back to her childhood.
Bramble Inn was a quaint old building with small but comfortable rooms. We arrived as the owners were leaving for lunch, he gave us the room key which also opened the front door. After moving a few bags upstairs we went out for lunch as well. The nearby place the owner recommended was close, so we drove around and ended up at Lobster Claw which Jan knew from many years back. After a quick bite to eat we first went to Rock Harbor Road to find Jan’s grandmother’s house. She was pleasantly surprised to see how well-kept it looked. She pointed at the dormer on the right which used to be her room. A little further down was Rock Harbor with a few shops and many boats.
The Nauset Lighthouse was the second stop, Jan remembered the location but made one quick stop at the information booth to validate. This area is peppered with lighthouses so there was nothing special about the lighthouse but the small hut in front of it was built-in the 19th century to house the terminating end of the telegraph line that connected America to France. Both the lighthouse and the little hut were moved back a few times to protect them from the erosion of the dunes.
We found the Brewster Gristmill, which Jan’s grandfather had painted, late afternoon. Took a few photographs of the mill and the very nice looking Catalpa tree in front. Promising to return again, we went back to the inn and rested a little before going out for dinner at the Fish House. The dinner was sword fish on fresh fava beans and other vegetables with nice risotto. Back at the inn, we rested and watched the Democratic Party Convention.
The next morning was very rainy, hard rain and wind. We stayed in after breakfast until around 10:30 AM or so. During a lull in the rain we made it to the car and started driving. We managed to stop at a few places and take photographs. Luckily, where we stopped, the rain decided to do the same. We drove to Wellfleet but did not stop over. On the way back Jan pointed out the house where her aunt used to live. It was raining hard so she took a picture from the car as I rolled down the window. We did the same at a small church, the rain did not allow us to get out and get closer to those. We managed to stop at Chatham lighthouse and beach, the gristmill again, and a quick lunch again at Lobster Claw with no rain. But by the time we returned to the inn it was steady rain and we decided to stay in. They were serving dinner and the restaurant was highly rated. We enjoyed the food and the service.
Thursday morning was bright and sunny. We had breakfast and moved our bags to the car and started our journey back. We went back to Rock harbor and visited grandma’s house but there was nobody home. We were hoping to say hi to the new owners. Next good stop was Skaket Beach where Jan and David used to play as kids. As Jan walked down to the beach in low tide, I stayed near the small building at the entrance. I saw a woman carrying a young boy in her arms and as they walked by he waved at me and said hi. A few minutes later a little girl came and they started playing. I though Jan and David must have looked like them when they were at the beach. Jan truly enjoyed being on the beach with her memories and took photographs of the beach and of her childhood.
We started heading back and made a quick stop at a gift shop in Dennis. There I saw the signs that said “Life is Good” and “Seaside Living”. After the pit stop at the shop we drove home. Life is good, maybe even a bit better after reliving the good memories. Thank you Suleyman and Tuba.