Day 366, Year 10: A Walk in Beebe Woods
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Weather: Sunny and Warmer Than Expected
Location: Quissett Harbor, Falmouth, MA

Today was a low-key, lovely day. We met Heather, Jed, and boys in Woods Hole for breakfast at The Fishmonger Café and then we all went to the Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth for a walk in Beebe Woods. Highfield Hall is where we went this summer to see the fairy houses. Most of those are gone now as it was just a summer display, but we really enjoyed our walk through the woods. Sam and Jonah were just glad to be out frolicking in the woods. Ollie was especially interested in all of the different toadstools and was convinced that fairies live under the big round umbrella tops. The boys took off on a path and we followed hoping it would circle and come back to Highfield Hall. And thankfully, it did. Sam, Jonah, and Ollie have all really enjoyed spending time with Uncle Lee and Aunt Mary Ellen and this walk gave them more time to get to know each other better.

151011 Day 366a Cape Cod, USA–Walk in Beebe Woods & Highfield Hall and Gardens

Sam took my camera again today and got some wonderful photos. He is very good at zooming in to get close shots. Yesterday he got some great photos of Jonah playing soccer. Today he was able to get a close shot of a very small butterfly that I have now identified as a small copper, American copper, or common copper (Lycaena phlaeas).

151011 Day 366b Cape Cod, USA–Copper Butterfly

And then he worked very hard at trying to capture the photo of a very fast moving spider that hides in a funnel-shaped indentation on one side of a flat web that lies on the top of low shrubs. I’m not sure of the name of the spider, but I’m thinking it might be in the Agelenidae family.

151011 Day 366c Cape Cod, USA–Spider with Funnel-shaped Web

After our walk in the woods, Mark, Lee, Mary Ellen, and I returned to Windbird to spend a lazy afternoon. Mark and Lee sat in the sunny cockpit and soaked in the warmth while Mary Ellen rested and I cooked Southwest Bean Soup for dinner. I also got a chance to look at the photos from yesterday and today. Tomorrow we will take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. The weather is supposed to be warmer than today and even sunnier, so we are looking forward to that adventure.

Day 367, Year 10: Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard
Day 365, Year 10: Saturday with Mary Ellen and Lee