June 14th, Day 18: We were told when we made reservations at the Bay View Campground in Bourne, Massachusetts that check in time was 2 pm in the afternoon, and he seemed pretty serious about the time. No early check-ins. The drive over to Bourne from our campsite near Mystic, Connecticut was almost entirely on Interstate Highways, mostly I-95, and the drive was less than 100 miles. We arrived to check in three hours early at 11 am. The Bakers are always on time (or early.) Fortunately our reserved spot in the campground was vacant and they checked us in. Over the many months and different campgrounds that we have visited, we have learned that ratings do not always provide an accurate picture of a campground. In the case of the Bay View Campground however, their high rating was totally on target. We were in a large pull-thru spot with plenty of shade. This was a great place to spend the next three nights.
We chose to spend an extra day here in Bourne because we want to spend one day focusing on Cape Cod and then an additional day on Plymouth. This afternoon however, we had not planned so we decided to drive out part of Cape Cod focusing entirely on the two lane scenic Route 6A that passed through the lovely old towns of Sagamore, Sandwich, Barnstable, and Yarmouth. We would then return back on the much faster, 4-lane Route 6 back to our campground. It was a great decision for all along this highway Route 6A we drove by old homes, and through charming little villages filled with quaint old shops, churches, cemeteries, and the other beautiful buildings we have grown to love.
I mentioned previously that there were many churches that we passed by today and obviously we were not prepared or in a position to photograph all of them. Furthermore the narrow road sometimes made it impossible to capture the entire church, top to bottom, as I attempted to do in this photograph. Here is my attempt in any case. The church is the Unitarian Church of Barnstable. While obviously this is not the same building where services were held in the 1600s, this is the same congregation that our Rev John Lothrop established in 1639. This particular church was built in 1907. Still a baby by Cape Cod standards.
We arrived back to our campground around 4 o'clock after a long day of driving and site seeing. We had better rest up for tomorrow as we have decided to drive up and see what Plymouth Colony is all about.
We returned to our campsite around 1 o'clock after a brief stop at Walmart for a few supplies. Yes, you can even find Walmart in the Cape Cod area. The rest of the afternoon was spent by Kathy reading her new (used) book recently purchased and by yours truly writing this latest chapter in our travel blog. Tomorrow we are going to drive out to the end of Cape Cod where incidentally the Pilgrims first landed and set their feet on America's sandy soil. There was no Plymouth Rock out there. Anyway, we will continue our story of our travels in our next chapter. This chapter is already way to long.