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Four Ponds
Written by Brian Tarcy

BOURNE – Almost every year in autumn, I return to Four Ponds Conservation Area because, well, these photos should explain. It’s my favorite fall hike on Cape Cod.

The colors were a bit more muted this year (and, frankly, our back yard in Falmouth is still mostly green in early November), but the hike around the four ponds of the aptly named Four Ponds Conservation Area is still fantastic. The area is nice any time of year, but when the colors of autumn reflect off the glacial water of so many Cape ponds in one place, it makes for quite a wonderful zen-like experience.

If you look closely at these photos, you will notice the last two look slightly different. They were taken a week after the others, to show how fast fall actually falls.

Once, I was told that fall is nice everywhere and I believe it. But fall on Cape Cod… well, okay anytime (except spring!) on Cape Cod is awesome. So a hike like this, I find, is good for the soul.

The Cape’s scenery does it to me every time. No matter where on Cape I look for it, I can find exceptional beauty. But there are a few very special places that I associate with a certain time of year. This is one that really stands out.

It’s always good to get to Four Ponds in the fall. I check it off the list and move on. Until next year.

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About the author

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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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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