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A Dredge Pipe At Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge – 45-Second VIDEO

CHATHAM – Through the years while visiting various beaches on Cape Cod, we have run across a dredge pipe several times on several beaches. We have seen the dredging barge too.

But our recent visit to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge was our first time finding the end of the pipe and seeing a beach be replenished.

We were intrigued. The seagulls seemed to dig it too.

We found ourselves at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge after driving past a nearly full parking lot at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham. That had been our first plan for a walk to relieve a bit of Covid-19 stress, but a nearly full parking lot seemed a bit counterproductive to the idea of social distancing. So we drove on.

And we’re glad we did. For one thing, we saw this dredge pipe in a spectacular setting, even if the conditions were dreary.

We saw a few people from far away, but it was our kind of place during this kind of time. It offered something like solitude. And actually, chasing photos in spots of nature across Cape Cod gives us a rare opportunity to brag because we were doing social distancing before it was cool.

Stay safe.

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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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