"When first viewed by western explorers, Great Island was an island-a high mound of outwash debris left some 18,000 years ago by melting glaciers, then surrounded by the rising sea. Herring River once emptied into Cape Cod Bay north of Great Island, and Great Beach Hill stood as a separate island." - the Great Island Trail Guide.
Last Sunday, even though there was the threat of rain and snow, I made the drive to Wellfleet to once again try to find the Great Island trail. I had tried once before and failed, because I went down the wrong road. This time I brought my new GPS and found it in no time. It was rather warm, in the 40's and I wasn't quite sure how to dress. Would it be cooler by the water as is usually the case? I wore track pants, waterproof boots, a tshirt, pullover fleece, and my new Columbia winter jacket. I also wore a clima-cool hat and gloves, because, well...you just never know.
The trail was covered with snow and ice in parts, with patches of earth poking through here and there. Other sections of it were clear. I walked down the trail that lead to the beach, and with dismay realized that most of this walk was going to be in soft sand. Well, I thought, it will be good for my legs, right?