Ferry Tales

An Unexpected Courtship

An Unexpected Courtship

My parents courted on that ferry. People don’t say “courted” anymore, do they? Well, they should. It’s a good word.

Aarons Amazing Trip

Aaron’s Amazing Ferry Trip

So I didn’t actually plan to take that ferry. The plan was, drive down to the Cape and take the ferry across to the Vineyard. We always spent at least a week at the Vineyard, every summer, we’d been doing it practically forever. Well, Pete had been doing it all his life with his family, and then after we got together, we started doing it, too. And then that spring I picked up a magazine, I can’t remember which one, and the first thing I saw was an ad for some B&B in Provincetown, and it just—okay, I know how queer this sounds, but I have to say it—it kind of sang to me. Like I could really hear it, […]

Bennett's Family Tradition
Kathryn's Wedding Proposal
Peter Has a Fling

Peter Has a Fling

This was a long time back—in the 1970s, when Provincetown was still one of the only places you could go to be yourself.

Grey Seal

Gray Seals

If harbor seals are the cute “cocker spaniels” of the sea, then gray seals are more like the bulldogs–tough, muscular

Andrew Finds a Home

Andrew Finds a Home

Like everybody else, I’d been thinking about buying a place in Ptown. My boyfriend and I live in New Hampshire, but every chance we get we head out to the Cape, usually by car, which gets really old really fast, if you know what I mean. And we were spending a fortune on guest houses. But you know how it is, you talk about buying a place, and then you don’t, and the next season the prices have gone up again and you wish you had, but you still don’t. Massive indecision. Anyway, this one time last year Paul couldn’t make it, he had a business trip out to California, but we had the reservations for the week and he […]

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Turtles

There are multiple species of sea turtle here on Cape Cod, but out of all of them the leatherback is my absolute

Sister Clare's Ocean Adventure

Sister Clare’s Ocean Adventure

I first took the ferry from Boston to Provincetown when I was twelve or thirteen… what I remember most about it was that it was the best day of my life! My father had made some sort of sale and wanted to celebrate, so we all (my parents, my brother Alan and I) boarded the early ferry. It was the first time I’d ever been out on the water, even though I was a Boston girl, born and bred. I loved every minute of it. And then we arrived and had… well, just the perfect day. We went to the beach. We ate lobster. We visited a couple of art galleries (my parents were both artists at the time). We […]

Napis Coins Diving Into the Pier