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Mon, June 30- Walk across the water from Gray's Beach, Yarmouth, to Chapin Beach

Last summer, we waded/walked across the mouth of Chase Garden Creek to the sandy beach on the other side of the water, where off-road vehicles go from the end of Chapin Beach Rd. Everybody seemed to enjoy it...dogs love it. Am scheduling it at 8:30 because I think the lifeguards at Gray's Beach don't arrive until 9:00; this is not an "accepted activity" at Gray's Beach.

Low tide in Barnstable Harbor is about 8:29 AM. There seems to be more sand deposited in this area this year, so the water may not be as deep as low tide, but EXPECT WATER UP TO MID-THIGH.  There was shoe-sucking mud close to shore last year, so bare feet for at least that portion worked best.

There is a HUGE area of wet sand on the Chapin Beach side where we can walk.

Suggestions: bare feet might be best (for that muddy patch)  If bare feet are not your preference, maybe water shoes/kayaking shoes would be good.  A bathing suit or shorts seems ideal.  Consider NOT carrying anything you don't want to get wet....if you slip, you'll end up in the water. Cell phones in a Ziploc bag.

PLEASE KEEP DOGS ON LEASH UNTIL THEY ARE IN THE WATER.

DIRECTIONS:  From Rt.6, the Mid-Cape Highway, take exit 8 and go NORTH on Union St. to Rt 6A.  Cross 6A, by going a tiny bit to the left of a gas station to get on Old Church St.  (If you miss that and are on 6A heading west, take the next right on Playground and head north...it will join Old Church St. )  About 0.3 mile up Old Church from 6A, bear right at the stop sign onto Center St. Go 0.5 mile on Center and at the T, take a left to stay on Center and drive until you are in the parking lot.  Park there and walk down the gravel road to the beach, just before the boardwalk. There are restrooms at the back of the parking lot. If you get there early, walking out the boardwalk gives a nice, distant view.

 

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  • Joan

    I was thinking earlier. I'll go again in disguise in case the same Animal Control officer shows up...

    June 30, 2014

  • Joyce

    4 stars right up until the arrival of Animal Control. Maybe we have to leave the beach at 7:30 and be back before 9:00....too early? Super group of people and dogs. Such low water and so much exposed "land". Remi, Copper and I were all pooped....I was tired just watching Maddie bound around.

    June 30, 2014

  • Joan

    I'd bet you'd only have clout if you live nearby but it might be worth a try.
    Josie and I enjoyed meeting Baxter!

    June 30, 2014

    • Betsey B.

      Baxter & I enjoyed meeting you and Josie too!

      June 30, 2014

  • Betsey B.

    Baxter & I have always enjoyed this walk tremendously and am terribly disappointed that Animal Control has stepped in. I wonder if there's some way to petition for a ruling on the matter.

    June 30, 2014

  • Joan

    It was stunningly beautiful and we had a great time, however, while I was in the parking lot at the end, Animal Control showed up. Someone at the beach must have called. He told me no dogs allowed in the area, even the parking lot. I told him I thought that just applied to the beach and he made a snide comment that my dog had obviously been on the beach since "he" (an animal control officer who can't tell male from female in a dog???) was wet. I replied that we were in the water but NOT at the beach where people would be. He was unmoved and stayed there in his car to make sure I left. Bummer, bummer, bummer...

    June 30, 2014

  • Joan

    At 8:30 on a Monday morning??? I hope you told her to "get a life". If such a gal is there tomorrow, I'll offer her a Dunkin' Donuts card because clearly she's having a bad morning. I think many people with dogs are used to being criminals who function "to the side the law". Can't wait to do this walk!

    June 29, 2014

  • Joyce

    The weather looks good for tomorrow....warm and sunny, but we'll have some wind.

    The dogs must be on leash until they get in the water....and they/we should stay off the beach. We should head straight for the boat ramp or the sand immediately to the right of the ramp. There is a sign that says NO DOGS. I interpret that to mean No Dogs on the Beach. Not everyone reads that sign the same way. A couple of years ago, a women said she was going to call the police because of the dogs at the ramp. Don't know if she did.

    June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans. Sorry to cancel.

    June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello All! I have a new 1 year old pup named Pete, who refuses to swim (I lost Wiley last Sept. to a lung tumor) :-( . Hoping the other dogs and a little coaxing will get him in the water.

    June 24, 2014

    • Joyce

      Remi loves the water. Copper would avoid it if he could, but will follow me into the water and stay with me, in a kettle pond or crossing Chase Garden.

      June 25, 2014

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