Monday, April 26, 2021

Be what you might have been


Camp Welfleet



Today is #MiltaryMonday! On this day of National Park Week, the National Park Service pays tribute to the the service and sacrifice of the U.S. military members and their families.

This year's #MilitaryMonday topic is Camp Wellfleet!

Cape Cod's positioning on the edge of the continent has always invited inventors, explorers, fishermen and military strategists. During the height of World War II when the nation was shaking off the shock of Pearl Harbor and London suffered under the Blitz of Nazi bombers, the U.S. government quietly leased 1,700 acres of land in a sparsely populated corner of South Wellfleet.

Dubbed Camp Wellfleet, it was a Strategic Air Command Base, firing range and even a temporary bomb target area. The 548th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, an active-duty regular Army unit and later guardsmen and reservists trained there. Artillerists unleashed immense barrages from the bluff aiming for targets towed by small remote-controlled planes. The military declared the camp excess in 1961 and the whispering pines and dunes near the former Marconi Site became part of Cape Cod National Seashore.

If you look to the buildings on the right side of the aerial image, you can see what will eventually become Cape Cod National Seashore's park headquarters building!

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #MilitaryMonday

NPS Photos

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Guest House

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi