A recent cartoon in The Cape Cod Times depicted a group of tourists approaching a customer service booth labeled "New England Summer" and manned by Mother Nature, with the caption "We'd like a refund for all the cold and rainy days!" Hear! Hear! The short Summer of 2009 will not go down in the annals as a banner summer for Cape Cod in any respect.
So far, September on Cape Cod is ALMOST making up for it! The weather has been spectacular - sunny and 70's most days. The shoulder season has always been an important one for the Cape Cod economy, and this year ever-so-much-more so. There are plenty of festivals, activities and leaf-peeping to attract the crowds this fall, but along comes the Army Corps of Engineers in an astounding lack of awareness, scheduling overdue repairs on the Sagamore Bridge, shutting down lanes and causing MAJOR traffic jams 24/7 coming on and off the Cape! AARRGH!!
We are told that our local politicians are working on an alternative plan with the Corps, but in the meantime, allow yourself a little extra time to get over the bridge. Autumn on Cape Cod is the BEST time to be here - assuming of course that you CAN get here!