Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Cape

It's an understatement when I tell you I took a couple hundred photos while on vacation this August. A more accurate number would be in the thousands. But even so, the amount of time it's taken me to get this post up is ridiculous. As we marked the first day of Autumn yesterday, I'm sharing with you Summer Vacation...divided into two parts because yes, it's that big - and it includes a recipe!
If you've read my blog for any amount of time now you'll know that I commonly share pics from our adventures. Having this digital photo album of sorts has become more and more of a blessing to me as the years have gone by. This trip in particular was special on many levels, but most importantly, it was the first vacation we've ever taken alone as a family.
While we've traveled quite a bit together, the purpose of most vacations we take is to visit family. Namely, my family...who happen to be scattered across the country in places like Oregon and Wyoming. We also go away with friends for long weekends. We go on big family reunion type vacations with my parents and siblings. But we've never been away, just us...until now.
To tell you the truth, I was actually a bit nervous about the idea. I'm so used to being around big groups of people when we go away, would it be boring alone? But it was the exact opposite. We really had so much fun, and no vacation has ever felt more like a vacation than this one.
We rented a house in Orleans, Ma. Not far from the ocean, which sits on the Town Cove. We had water views and the most magnificent sunsets daily. The house, which I had only seen in photographs, greatly exceeded my expectations. We live near the water ourselves, so I happen to love the beach house look. Our rental was a beach oasis, with mermaids, seashells, and turquoise blue everywhere. It felt like I was living in the pages of Coastal Living magazine, and I loved every minute of it.
The homeowner loves to cook too, which scored even more points with me because cooking there was a pleasure. All the comforts of my home kitchen, from a sharp chef's knife to stainless pots and pans. Needless to say, we didn't eat out once in the week we were there. I cooked every night, but loved it! It's so rare we can all sit down every night for dinner these days, so it was a treat for us.
The following are some shots of the house, our days at Nauset Beach hanging out with seals and keeping a keen eye out for Great Whites {Eek!}, and a day trip to Provincetown for a whale watching trip. I wouldn't have remembered all this if not for a trip log posted online, but we saw 7 Humpback Whales, some Minke Whales, a few Harbor Seals, and a large pod of Risso's dolphins {apparently a rare sighting off the Cape}. It was gorgeous.

Part Two is coming very soon with more adventures - plus, a yummy recipe!


Nina said...

Lovely pictures - the light blue sea, waves and a happy family :-)
The light in the last set of pictures is amazing!
Looking forward to the set number 2, and the recipe off course :)

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

The way you present your images is really wonderful. Inspired to persevere with my early steps in Photoshop

katie said...

@Nina Bille - Thank you! I was so pleased with the whale watching shots. I received a new telephoto lens for my birthday a few weeks before the trip and it came in very handy!

Thanks @Sally! - Just clicked over to your blog! What a great find :) Your food photography is gorgeous. Photoshop is so much fun. The more I learn the more I love it!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful experience - I love your pictures!!! Can't wait for part two!

Lauren Brown said...

Beautiful picture Kate. The house really look like its out of a magazine. And the whale shots are amazing. Can we come next year?!

Kari Lindsay said...

Our vacations are also to visit with our families, we live in the south east and our families are in the north west. I long for a real vacation, so I will live vicariously through your lovely photos!

Lauren H. said...

Ok, spill, what lens did you get??

katie said...

@ Kari - You must do it! Your family will understand :)

@ Lauren - lol :) I got the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. Now I'm ready to take on sports and landscape photography! So far I love it. It's what I used for nearly all the whale watching photos above. Attempted to use it for the beach, etc, but it's just too much to carry. That's the only downside. I'm still lusting after a nice camera bag!

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