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Take a ride on Nantucket’s wildside

A bumpy beach road leads visitors to the stunning Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.

Drivers attempting to make their way out to the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge and Great Point Light on the northern tip of Nantucket are well advised to follow protocol should they wish to make theirs a return trip. At the Wauwinet Gatehouse, just south of The Wauwinet resort, drivers are…

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“A noble and primitive wood”

Thoreau was impressed by Naushon Island’s old-growth forest
Henry David Thoreau visited Cape Cod and the Islands on at least five occasions during the mid-1800s, “wishing,” as he would write in Cape Cod, “to get a better view of the ocean.” On his December 27, 1854 trip from New Bedford to Nantucket to give a lecture, the writer “was obliged to…

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The Changing Shape of the Cape & Islands

The Gay Head cliffs, Martha’s Vineyard
Editor’s note: this is the tenth in a series of articles covering the region’s dramatically changing coastline.
Forty-six feet. In 2014 only 46 feet stood between the historic Gay Head Lighthouse on the west coast of Martha’s Vineyard and a retreating cliff face. Erosion had eaten away at the once ample cliff-side, leaving the historic light in…

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The Changing Shape of Esther’s Island, Tuckernuck, and Nantucket’s western shore

(Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of articles covering the region’s dramatically changing coastline.)
Anyone who has scanned a map of Nantucket, or sailed in the waters surrounding the island, understands that there is quite a bit of water between the Nantucket and nearby Tuckernuck. It’s roughly three quarters of a mile from shore to shore—but that was…

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The Changing Shape of Sandy Neck Beach Park, Barnstable & Sandwich

(Editor’s note: this is the eighth in a series of articles covering the region’s dramatically changing coastline.)
Sandy Neck Beach Park encompasses more than 4,700 acres of land in West Barnstable (and a small portion in Sandwich) overlooking Cape Cod Bay and Barnstable Harbor. Boasting six miles of shoreline, the park features vast beaches, massive sand dunes, forests, marshland, and…

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