Day Trip: Outer Cape

Cape Cod Life  /  September/October 2022 / , , ,

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner

Land's End A visit to the Outer Cape provides a real and tangible feeling of venturing to a singular landscape that moves to its own beat. For some old-time residents, as well as frequent visitors, the designation and dissection of the Cape into four sections—Upper, Mid, Lower, and Outer—is an understandable and sometimes necessary detail for identification. Debating the logic of why the Upper Cape doesn’t exist at the highest latitude of this hooked land mass, or why the Lower Cape spans geography on both the north and south side of our isthmus, is never a means to understanding the valuable monikers that allow one to understand proximity as well as the independent culture of the various regions—two critical factors when making plans that involve travel time and focus of activity within the region. No matter how you slice it, the Outer Cape takes a bit of perseverance to get there. In the rest of the world, “perseverance” would translate to “time,” but on the Cape, a trip to the Outer Cape involves so much more than time, both positively and less positively (with the right outlook, the journey can solidly avoid the characterization of being “negative”). The roads are less competitive, as two lanes replace four lanes—the dead end at the physical end of the land, can result in traffic back-ups all the way back to the more competitive thoroughfares—the pace of life feels slower as well. And then there is the beauty, and here is where the negative moves solidly into the positive, the vistas and landscape are overwhelming enough to cause the most impatient among us to ease up on the accelerator and just drink in the quiet beauty. Light & Living Light & LivingThree showrooms at Main Street Mercantile make choosing the right lighting for the right…

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Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local businesses on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Enzo. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.