Friday, June 24, 2011
Cape Cod Heights
We also went back into the cypress swamp there - we'd been out into the swamp last September and thought it would be interesting to have another look. The place was absolutely swarming with mosquitos though - it wasn't any kind of pleasant nature walk! I hardly remember it, in fact!
There is some kind of natural effect here that works to make just about any water found inland on the cape fresh. That's research for another day.
As we walked around those dunes, I found myself remembering some times when I was very young, and we lived in Florida, which was still developing at the time - before Disney World. In fact, the Space Age was still just getting started...probably the Gemini program era. Mid '60's.
We lived in a little town near Orlando and would drive to Daytona Beach or New Smyrna Beach on the weekends. Development on the dunes there was still pretty sparse back there, and scenes like the ones above could still be found, except the Florida sand is always sparkling white in my recollection. I remember an adventure around the top of a dune where we found a gentle sloping path back down the beach, and my buddy and I slid down it on our rear ends.
You'd be lucky to find a patch like that anywhere on the Florida beaches today. Thank goodness for the foresight it took to set aside and preserve the Cape Cod National Seashore!