Big Finish

We had a big party yesterday for family and friends, and Ray spent the afternoon being passed from one adoring person to another.  He was a good sport about it for the most part.  Once the festivities wound down I went out for some drinks with some friends, and it ended up turning into a late night.  Naturally, I slept till 11 this morning, on what was easily the most beautiful day we’ve had since coming to America.

I felt obligated to get out and take advantage of the cloudless skies and spring temperatures, so my brother and I took off to, where else, Sandy Neck, to do a little more extensive traipsing around the dunes and trails I explored in the rain last week.

Cape Codders have been universally and justifiably lamenting the weather since we got off the plane a few weeks ago, so it was no surprise to find this message etched into the sand by some shoeless and happy hiker.

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All the recent rain and snowmelt has created pools of water in the basins between many of the dunes.

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While the rain and cold prevented me from getting in view of the ocean last week, though it’s really not that far, there were no such issues today.

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The Cape Cod version of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Here’s Ray, out cold the other night.  We’re still trying to find an effective, non-steroid treatment for his skin, and as you can see he’s pretty red in this picture.  We saw an herbalist the other day who gave us a natural cream that, unfortunately, seemed to make his skin worse.  So the search continues.

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We’re down to our last week here before heading back to Japan.  Here’s to more sunny days.

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