The weather was very cool for this time of year so the crowds were much smaller than usual.
|Over Sand via ORV Road to the Beach|
|I Love the Beach Stones|
|Our Trailer at the Campground|
|Yikes! I'm Gaining All That Weight Back!|
|Ever the Hedonist (with Inhibitions)|
|At Race Point|
We always meet great people at the campground. Some have become once-a-year friends including Linda and Sherri who arrive at camp before we do and leave a week before we do. They always have flowers in their trailer and each year they give us the flowers when they leave. It's become a very sweet tradition, don't you think?
They've lived all over the country and in in many foreign countries as well. I would not peg them as ultra conservative or anti-gay; in fact they seemed very liberal and gay friendly, but, surprisingly had no knowledge of the significance of the rainbow flag. We explained.
This year, our friend Dottie and her dog (our dog Benni's best friend) joined us for a few days.
|The Hindu is Back in Ptown|
Funny, I have not included any photos of the town of Provincetown. Not much has changed there except for more refurbishments, fresh paint, manicured gardens, and upscale shopping. I've lamented the gentrification or should I say "snobification" of Ptown before, but this year it seems to be way over the top.
And the privileged are flaunting it with a air of normalcy that betrays their ignorance of how most of us live. And what is sad, is that there are so many people who would consider Leon and I privileged. I guess in many respects we are.
Still, in Ptown ordinary folks like us are being excluded from most venues (guest houses, hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, retail stores, by virtue of our limited finances.
Ptown used to have something for everyone - restaurants, t-shirts, bars, shows - but now conspicuous wealth and in-your-face greed seem to be the norm. Like the airlines, Ptown businesses and the town government are charging more for every little thing - pet charges, parking, food, ice cream, cocktails, etc. The Car Club had extravagant charges to advertise and rent space for their annual car show, and like many people and events, may not return next year.
We were able to find a few earlybird specials which, because meeting friends required us to eat out a few times, were very reasonable.
A grocery store roasted chicken provided us both dinner and lunch the following day for $9 ($4 more than the grocery store back home, however).
We did take in one show, Miss Richfield, a silly drag comedian, which was OK. I had a cocktail and Leon had a diet Coke at the show and we were blown away when the waiter announced it would be $17 when he delivered our drinks.
And we got gelato "buy-one-get-one free" on the closing day of the the gelato store.
Otherwise we mostly went to the beach, hiked out the breakwater and ate and had beer or cocktails at the campground.
(A word about our drinking habits: I transported a six-pack plus two bottles of beer in the camper when we left home and we returned two weeks later with two bottles; Leon went through a half bottle of gin in two weeks and we probably drank a few glasses of wine each. We were total lushes while on vacation!)
|Benni Taking a Beach Nap|
|Dottie and Katija|
|Pilgrims' Monument at Night|