Monday, September 26, 2011
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Woods Hole - part of Falmouth on Cape Cod but really it's an entity all of its own.
Woods Hole, home of the world-reknown Oceanographic Institute.
To athletes, it's the start of the Falmouth Road Race, a qualifier for marathons.
To those vacationing to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, it's the spot one races to secure a place on the ferry over to the islands. This ferry is oversubscribed in much the same way as the road race is each summer.
To locals, out of season, Woods Hole is a step back in time and a breath waiting to exhale. The main street runs through this miniscule section of Falmouth and is sometimes interrupted by the draw bridge that allows the sailboat masts to pass from the harbor into the Sound. It's home to Pie in the Sky, a casually disguised gourmet eatery, where you order much like a sandwich shop and await your order in the heat of the screened entrance or step out and hosey a table near the street.