We wanted to explore at least one new beach on the Cape this summer so with the dwindling crowds that come with the end of August, we headed off for Skaket Beach. The girls don't particularly enjoy extended car rides and this one was going to be approximately 90 minutes long, but there was no complaining and Allie even announced, "Cape Cod is my favorite place in the world." So here's the deal with Skaket and other beaches on the bay side - high tide leaves you with a tiny strip of beach. We watched the tide charts and with high tide scheduled around noon, we timed our arrival for mid afternoon. There was a little bit of concern over whether or not we would be able to get a parking space as the lot only holds 175 cars but folks had begun to filter out by the time we arrived, around 2:30.
I had read that at low tide, you can walk out for miles and I thought that surely this must be an exaggeration. It's not. Before the tide had even reached it's lowest point, other beach goers were so far out, you could no longer see them. It was actually a bit creepy. I've lived my whole life near the ocean so I know that it takes hours upon hours for tides to roll back in but there's always that what if. What if you've wandered so far, the shore is no longer visible and the tide does come rushing back in?
The girls were bummed that they couldn't really swim. This was their only complaint. When we first arrived, there was some water and it was warm but it was so shallow, even paddling around on their boogie boards was tedious.