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Have an hour? Why not relax overlooking the Great Marsh
Recently, this Luxx Concierge had about 90 minutes between appointments. Despite being in dress shoes and business casual, I ventured off Route 6 in Barnstable along a curvy road to the Cape Cod Bay to visit Long Pasture Betsy Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking the Great Marsh, the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s second, newer and smaller location on the Cape.
It’s only small by comparison to its Wellfleet Sanctuary. Long Pasture encompasses 113 acres, much of which would be coveted by developers for multi-million-dollar homes.
But, thankfully, this special spot is preserved for birds, animals and all of us.
The sanctuary’s headquarters is a converted home, and it still feels like one, with one room furnished like a living room looking out to the backyard and beyond. You could simply come here with a good book and catch your breath during a busy work day if you wish.
The real treat, of course, is outside and along about 1.5 miles of very walkable trails. Nothing rigorous here. The paths are wide and they feature many places to stop, learn about the trees and vegetation and capture lovely views.
Make sure to talk to the water’s edge and find yourself right in the Great Marsh with Sandy Neck’s historic community right across the harbor.
To plan your visit, here are hours and admission information
Memorial Day-Labor Day:
Mon-Fri, 9 am-3 pm; Sat, 10 am-1 pm
Labor Day-Memorial Day:
Mon-Friday, 9 am-3 pm
Daily, dawn to dusk
$3 children (2-12) & seniors (65+)…
For directions, please click here
There are two great opportunities to invest some time at Long Pasture this month:
Nature Photography: A Unique Photography Intensive at Sandy Neck
October 8-11, 2014
You will learn how to take full control of the digital camera to produce images that are technically correct and beautifully composed along the pristine barrier beach of Sandy Neck.
With its diverse and unique wildlife habitats including migrating dunes, sandy beaches, tidal flats, wetlands, and maritime forests, Sandy Neck is a coastal wilderness and a photographer’s dream. We will have rare classroom access to the remote field station located on the edge of the 8,000-acre Barnstable Great Marsh as well as to the legendary Sandy Neck Lighthouse.
To learn more an register, please click here.
Natural and Cultural History: Of Lighthouses, Beaches, and Cranberries
October 17-18, 2014
Sandy Neck Barrier Beach is one of the best kept secrets on Cape Cod, packed full of history and magic. We will travel by foot and truck from the base to the tip of this 7-mile-long sandy ecosystem to explore the entire beach overlooking Cape Cod Bay, eat lunch and enjoy a presentation in the “Halfway House” field station overlooking Barnstable Great Marsh, climb the famous Sandy Neck Lighthouse for a sunset view, and collect cranberries in the natural cranberry swales scattered throughout the dunes.
Through indoor presentations as well as field excursions, we will have ample opportunity to learn about the geologic and natural history of Sandy Neck, including the Osprey population, endangered Spadefoot Toads, and Diamondback Terrapins. We will also spend time birding on the tidal flats at the tip of Sandy Neck to learn about local bird residents.
To learn more and register, please click here.
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