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Head Of The Meadow Beach, Truro – Slideshow + VIDEO

Head Of The Meadow, Town Side
Written by Brian Tarcy

TRURO – Standing on Head of the Meadow Beach and turning a full 360 degrees (see VIDEO below) is a simple and wonderful experience.

Doing it in early April with the beach essentially empty borders on being a spiritual experience. Walking onto the beach from the Town of Truro parking lot rather than the National Seashore parking lot makes it feel like the off season.

While Cape Cod has the best summer in the world, there are many perks to the seasons known collectively as “not Summer.”

At the peak of summer in the middle of the afternoon, there are many so-called public beaches that are inaccessible to anyone without a beach sticker for a particular town. This is problematic for anyone living in one of Cape Cod’s other 14 towns.

But in early April, beaches all over Cape Cod are open to all residents of planet Earth who can get to them. And that was how I found myself exploring Head of the Meadow Beach from the Town of Truro parking lot, the side of the beach that requires a Town of Truro beach sticker in summer.

Of course, right next to it is the National Seashore parking lot (requiring a National Seashore sticker in the summer), which I have used as a stopping off point at Head Of The Meadow in many previous visits. This was a new yet familiar perspective.

That’s the thing, isn’t it? Wander a few hundred yards down any Cape Cod beach and the scenery, though familiar, is unique. And it is always changing. Such is the nature of nature.

And the nature of Cape Cod is that in a couple of months or so, this beach will be full of humans.

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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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