This is Chief Park Interpreter Sue Moynihan. On a clear day from this spot you see Cape Cod Bay, where you may be lucky enough to spy whales spouting and breaching; the Gulf of Maine and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, with their diverse underwater resources, and the forests and dunes of the Province Lands that were among our nation’s first public lands. To the far left along the shore is Race Point Light. Since 1816 it has served as an aid to navigation for sailors negotiating dangerous currents, or races, off the tip of the Cape. To its right you see the former Race Point Coast Guard Station, built in 1931, and the brown wooden Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, built in 1898. These maritime buildings remind us of earlier times when oceans served as our nation’s highways and shipwrecks were common. Nestled among the dunes to the right of Old Harbor are the dune shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars. These 19 rustic, wooden buildings are used as summer residences and as contemplative work spaces for artists and writers. The shacks are historic because of their association with the development of art and literature in America. Their basic forms in intimate relationship with the dune environment make them unique retreats. In the foreground, among the stunted pines in the swales of the dunes are wild cranberry bogs first harvested by Native people. The granite monument rising above Provincetown is the Pilgrim Monument. Completed in 1910, the monument is a tribute to the Pilgrims, who arrived first in Provincetown before crossing the bay to establish Plimoth Colony. Many people have journeyed through Cape Cod. It has been said that Cape Cod is a continuing saga of human events etched upon the landscape. We invite you to develop your own personal connection with this special place.