The Canal

When I was little, my family used to always just spontaneously head down to this little spot just over the bridge on the Cape Cod Canal, right near Seafood Sam’s & the Coast Guard Station. Chicken fingers, until I was old enough to move onto clam strips, at Seafood Sam’s (still one of my favorites, even if now I avoid the fried classics I loved as a kid), then balancing. Balancing for what seemed like forever on that railing that I HAD to walk end to end around the Coast Guard Station. Looking back, I have no idea how my parents had any patience for that. But now, I can’t even imagine a trip to the Canal without balancing.

We used to come here so much; I really wanted to go back before I went down to Miami again. And I really, really wanted to take my little brother for the first time. It was just such a perfect Massachusetts evening. Of course we ate at Seafood Sam’s. Of course we balanced. And then, we walked the path down the Canal to the edge where it meets the ocean, just as the sun was beginning to set.

We ‘skipped’ rocks too- aka, my brother threw rocks onto the ground so hard that they bounced back into the air and into the water… Bouncing rocks should be a new thing.

And we walked on the jetty, while people fished off of it and watched the sunset. And at the end, like always, we drove a little down the street to ‘Icecream Sandwich’ for softserves with chocolate jimmies. My favorite.

It was all so nice.


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