That trip report was supposed to be August 16 to 23rd. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle while biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail mid-trip. It was the fault of no one but myself! Anyway, I'll sum up what we did.
Sunday: We arrived at our rental house on Herring Pond in Eastham. It was a nice enough place, situated right on the pond, with plenty of room for our 2 kids (ages 10 and 7) and a family friend (age 10).
We unpacked the car then dropped off our dog at the Nauset Kennel, which was an excellent kennel! We found the people to be quite nice. It helped that they loved our dog, who is incredibly sweet. The benefit to boarding our dog at Nauset is that we could visit her and take her for a walk while we were at the Cape, but we didn't have to worry about violating our lease agreement (no pets allowed) or about taking care of her while we did pet-unfriendly activities (she's too small to go biking).
Then we headed to S&S in Orleans to stock up on food. I also stopped at Log Cabin Farm Stand for some fresh corn. Mmm.
Sunday night we biked to Arnold's. The line was soooooo long. But then we found out that was the line for food. The ice cream line was much shorter! That's a shame because the ice cream is quite good. First night I got the mint patty frozen yogurt.
Monday: My husband went out for a kayak trip in Chatham (Stage Harbor Light) and the kids and I stayed close to home and played in the water. We visited our dog, bought some produce at Rich's Farm Stand, and picked up a raft floatie at one of the beach shops on Rte. 6.
When my husband returned, we went out to pick up our family friend in Wareham (which is halfway between Eastham and Providence) at the Surf and Sand Mini Golf place. They offer mini-golf for $6.50, all you can golf all day. They also have ice cream and snacks.
We went back to the house to BBQ and make s'mores and watch the kids play at the pond.
On Tuesday, we played at the pond some more and made arrangements for an afternoon seal watch cruise. We decided on Captain Keith and the Rip Ryder (http://www.monomoyislandferry.com/). We had a great time. A few things though: the person who made the reservation on the phone did not tell us we had to wade through a foot of water to get on board the boat. It was ok, but we would have worn different shoes had we known. Second, Capt. Keith was a bit too anxious about the other seal watch boats and their bad behavior scaring away the seals. After a while, I was done hearing about the evil uncaring other boaters and just wanted to focus on the absolutely beautiful day and adorable seals.
We went back to our house, had dinner, and then went out for ice cream at Arnold's again. I had Almond Joy. :) Unfortunately, it was when we were biking back to the house that the accident happened. Since it was 8 by then, I decided to wait and see whether my ankle injury needed medical assistance.
The next day it was obvious the ankle was hurt badly, so I started contacting my health insurance provider for info on local doctors who might be in my network. (I'll cut the political screed, but it's such a myth that the current system gives "choice" or any kind of market-based efficiency.)
After two hours on the phone (not kidding) I finally found the Fontaine Medical Center in Harwich. It is a new facility, and everyone there is very pleasant and efficient. Unfortunately, though they were able to give me an x-ray to diagnose my fracture, they weren't equipped to put a simple splint on my ankle! They had to send me to the Cape Cod Hospital ER in Hyannis to get it done (or back home to my orthopedist--crazy).
Before we went to the hospital, we stopped by Foley Medical Equipment in Yarmouth. With a prescription from the doctor at Fontaine, I was able to get crutches for $8.
The Cape Cod Hospital ER was a pleasant enough place. The waiting room was bright yet nicely cooled by the AC. The staff was nice. However, they must all have ADD or working in an ER must cause it. Trying to get anyone to focus on me for more than 5 seconds at a time was near impossible. The intake person rushed me off without finishing my medical history. In any case, they put the splint on and sent me home. The splint could have been put on a little better--the hard part of the splint is a bit too long and I can't bend my leg very much.
(I bet you didn't expect a trip report to contain info on various medical providers! ;)
On the way home we made a detour down 132 to visit Barnes and Noble to pick up some books (can't bike, can't swim--all I can do is read!) and the staff member at the Info Desk was so sweet and offered to get the book I was looking for and bring it to me in the cafe (where I found a seat). We also went to IHOP, which is having a Kids Eat Free Deal, which was good. And nothing cheers me up like breakfast for dinner! :)
On Thursday, my husband and kids went out for the day to a few lighthouses (my husband's hobby is photographing them) and the Provincelands bike trails. It was a bit hot for them and they made it only halfway before coming back home.
By then, we were all exhausted and wilted, and I was tracking Hurricane Bill. I guessed (correctly) that it would be a nightmare to get off the Cape on Saturday, so I suggested we all head home Friday.