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While in I was in the Boston area I took a side trip to Cape Cod and on the way back I stopped in Plymouth. The pictures below were taken at Cape Cod and the first one is of the massive bridge connecting the south end of Cape Cod to the mainland. I was hoping to take a better picture that more accurately reflected the size and height of the bridge, but unfortunately construction and crazy traffic in the area made that impossible.

The trip to Cape Cod was a spur of the moment thing and one valuable lesson I learnt from this trip is to always pay attention to the scale of a map. I had been looking at so many maps on my trip, including several just for the Boston area, that after a while they all kind of looked the same and when I decided to head to Cape Cod I didn't realize it was 125 miles away. It was only after I had been driving for a couple hours that it sank in that it wasn't just a short distance away and in the end with all the traffic it took nearly 4 hours to get to the northern tip.

I only spent a significant amount at two places on Cape Cod: the first was the site of Marconi's first United States Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph Station and the second was the northern tip of Cape Cod near Provincetown. The following is a water tower near the Marconi site. Note the desert like conditions - yup, Cape Cod is mostly sand and bushes. Cape Cod is made entirely of rock, sand, and clay deposited here long ago by glaciers and it has been washing away into the ocean ever since.

This is the Marconi site. England is off in the distance over the horizon.

This is a model of the wireless station that was located at this site. It is very similar to the one we saw at Glace Bay in Nova Scotia.

This map shows the location of this site relative to England and the Marconi sites in Newfoundland and Glace Bay in Nova Scotia.

This is the view looking to the north of the Marconi site.

This is the view looking to the south of the Marconi site. The cliffs near the site were probably somewhere between 50 and 100 feet high. It wasn't possible to get close to them to find out for sure.

And this is the view looking from the Marconi site back inland towards the water tower shown above.

This map shows the location of the Marconi site on Cape Cod. I drove all the way to the northern tip of Cape Cod at the top of the map.

This is the road as one approaches the tip of Cape Cod, note all the sand.

This is a picture taken at the tip of Cape Cod looking back towards Boston. The haze made it impossible to see very far.

I was very surprised to find that they let people go off-roading near the tip of Cape Cod given that most of the place is a protected National Park (the blueish green area on the Cape Cod map above). I contemplated joining these guys, but as soon as I remembered that I was several thousand kilometers from home I realized that wasn't a wise idea (ie it's not the sort of place you want to break down or do major damage to your vehicle).

Folks remove most of the air from their tires to get traction on sand, so this pumping station is here to allow them be filled after the off-roading is done.

This is the information center and lookout tower near the tip of Cape Cod.

This is an example of the scenery around the lookout tower. I took the picture of my Jeep up above near the builds off in the distance.

The following is the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association built the 252-foot tower to honour the Pilgrims' first landing in Provincetown. Construction of the monument began in 1907 and it was completed in 1910.