a weekend in wellfleet

over labor day weekend, cian and i spent some time in wellfleet, massachusetts (aka the best town on cape cod). my family has vacationed here every summer since i was ten years old, and it is one of my favorite places in the world. this weekend trip was my first to wellfleet all summer! so, i was so excited to go and, most of all, spend time with my family (although we were missing quite a few members).

we're going to get serious for a second, because i've learned it's much better to be real (especially on social media and online) than project a distorted reality. it's been a rough two years for my sisters, parents and i. now, as i just mentioned, i do want to be real, but for certain other people's sake i'm not going to get extremely detailed - if you know me well, you know what i've been experiencing with my parents - and we'll leave it at that.

why am i mentioning this? because wellfleet started as the perfect family vacation, and it's transformed over the years. friends have come and gone with each vacation and it's still one of my favorite places, i just now see it and experience it through a new lens. last summer was the first time we didn't go as a family of five and it was also the first summer that i experienced sadness in wellfleet. that vacation wasn't perfect - it was very emotional, and taught me a lot about my family. that summer also introduced someone new to my sisters and i, someone who has had a big impact on my life over the past year and who we spent our time with this labor day weekend.

when we got to wellfleet, i felt a lot of different feelings - ones that i had never felt before while in this special place. it's because i was experiencing it in a whole new way - with new people and a new place to stay. now, these feelings weren't bad, just new. there was some sadness, but wellfleet is a place where sadness doesn't stay for long - which is one of the reasons why i love it so much. 

we went walking through one of the parks by the beach and this painted rock caught my eye. i was feeling sad before i saw it, but it made me feel happier. then i turned it over...

we went walking through one of the parks by the beach and this painted rock caught my eye. i was feeling sad before i saw it, but it made me feel happier. then i turned it over...

and it made me laugh! so simple, yet so powerful

and it made me laugh! so simple, yet so powerful

the weekend was filled with much needed quality time with my dad, and i am so grateful for that. it was also filled with new adventures, which is really cool because i realized we never really explored wellfleet to it's full extent in all the years that we've vacationed there! it was just such a low-key, relaxing weekend spent walking through town (probably my favorite thing to do), peeking into all of the shops, stopping at the candy store (always a must for me), and also lounging on the patio at winslow's tavern sipping on "summer in a glass" and snacking on oysters. 

i sincerely enjoyed my time there (i always will) but was also aware of some emptiness that, unfortunately, will exist from now on when we head to wellfleet. life is full of change, and all we can do is welcome that change, and deal with it in our own way. not everyone is going to understand how you handle that change, and it's okay. stand behind your beliefs and be confident in you. balance, love, simplicity.

 

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Caley McCaslin