Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The Memorial Day weekend is the official start of the tourist season on Cape Cod. All bets are off. Residents hunker down, and prepare for the invasion. We share our beaches, our roads, our stores, our restaurants. Most visitors come down just for the weekend and leave on Memorial Day. We know the back roads, most of the tourists do not.
Their exodus creates a mess. There are only two bridges connecting the Cape with the mainland. At one point, traffic backed up approximately 14 miles. Luckily, all those leaving the Cape did so without causing any accidents. Things have quieted down now, but they'll be back! Every weekend, every vacation, or even all summer long, they will be our "pain in the neck" but an ever so necessary one (a stimulus to our economy!)