Topic: Cape Cod

Snail Road

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Snail Road

Snail Road

Snail Road

Snail Road

All photos/art by Alison Shaw

Take Route 6, heading toward Provincetown. You’ll come to an intersection, marked by a sign saying “To Route 6A, Provincetown,” with a small parking area on the right. Park in that lot and start hiking. This trek, along Snail Road (the only trail here, but it has no sign), requires stamina — it’s about 1.5 miles each way — difficult to say exactly, because the dunes are high and the sand is soft. The view from the summit blew me away. In front of me was the Atlantic; behind me was Cape Cod Bay and the peak of Race Point Light; and to the right, Pilgrim Monument was visible, as well as miles of rolling dunes. It reminded me of an Edward Hopper painting. I saw only one person on my walk, and the beach at the end of the trail was empty.

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  • I remember when we were allowed to walk the sand dunes and not be limited to the the snail road. We would walk halfway to the beach and not be able to see anything but sand dunes. It was a special night. A full moon was above and we sat in a circle pretending we were on the moon and looking at planet earth. Ah…the fun of yesteryear and imagination!

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