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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host The Cape Cod Perimeter - An Illustrated Presentation on April 13

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Date: March 27, 2014
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421

Join Mark McGrath for an illustrated program chronicling the experience he and his wife, Patti, had exploring the entire perimeter of Cape Cod by walking its shoreline and swimming its waterways. The program will be held at Salt Pond Visitor Center at 2:00 PM on April 13.

Started as a physical challenge, this trip turned into a far more meaningful experience that presented challenges, joys, and the discovery of some new favorite places along the way. This one-year adventure will be told through the stories they accumulated and the videos and pictures they took along the way.

Mr. McGrath enjoys using his love of storytelling and his photographic skills to provide entertaining and educational programs about the nature and history of the Outer Cape. He is the co-leader of the Eastham Hiking Club and hike leader for the Chatham/Harwich Newcomers hiking club.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and book store featuring national seashore related items. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

directional compass

Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.