2020 Life Logs, Day 258: Another Mini-Golf Course Afternoon
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Weather: Partly Sunny, Cool; High 64, Low 50 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, Falmouth, MA

The first official day of fall is next Tuesday, September 22, but there was a definite chill in the air that made it feel like fall. Yesterday was coolish as well, but as Sam said today, “It was cool yesterday and it made me feel like fall is here. But I chose to ignore it, thinking it might go away. Today is even cooler and I can no longer ignore it. It feels official. Fall is here.” Well said, Sam. I didn’t bet the boys home until after six o’clock and the sun was already setting. It was a beautiful orange sun due to hazy conditions, but that made it feel even more like fall.
Sam grabbed my phone and got some photos of the orange sun. It only looks pinkish in the photos, but it was definitely orange . . . looked like a pumpkin in the sky. I got home after 7 pm and I was out walking Shadow in the dark with a polar fleece jacket on. I know I need to get used to it, but I’m banking on warmer weather returning and having summer-like conditions for another month. I know that probably won’t happen, but I’m allowed to hope.

Yesterday afternoon the Goldpebbles and I went to the closest mini-golf course to home, the Cataumet Light Mini Golf. We went there because we love to ride in the water bumper cars. Unfortunately, the bumper cars were closed for the season. Despite that, as I reported last night, we had a great time playing miniature golf with very few other people on the course.
Our plan was to play on a different course today and the boys chose the Sandwich Mini Golf based on the 4.5 rating. There you can play 18 holes or 36, so we chose 36 and the boys loved the course. At first we didn’t notice the biblical quotes on each tee, but after about 16 holes they became very apparent. Not a problem, just different, but what the boys did love was the stream that runs through the first half of the course. If you don’t hit your ball just right, it goes into the stream and you have to retrieve it with a special long pole retriever. The Goldstones loved this. All of us got our turn at making a hole in one and we enjoyed watching the trash train go right by the edge of the course. Yes, all the trash on the Cape has to be sent off Cape to be processed, so we have a dedicated trash train. The new owners call it the Energy Train, but Cape Codders will always refer to it as the trash train. On the way home we had hoped to stop by Sweet Caroline’s Ice Cream, a favorite on Cape Cod, to see how their ice cream stacks up against our local favorite, Smitty’s. Again, we struck out as Sweet Caroline’s is closed for the season. It was almost dinner time, but I caved and we stopped by Smitty’s to get frappes as a pre-dinner ‘snack’. Heather and Jed, please forgive me. The Goldpebbles and I are enjoying our last week of summer to the fullest and ice cream just has to be part of that!

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