This past summer we were staying on Cape Cod with friends who introduced us to the local kettle
ponds – fresh water ponds in the woods formed long ago by glacial action. We had heard of
these ponds before but weren’t sure where they were located. They cannot be seen from the
road, so you have to walk down paths through the woods to get to them.
We first went to the Great Pond in Wellfleet one evening (after hours when you no longer need a Wellfleet town beach sticker
to park), where the water was very high so there was very little beach. The water came right up to
the tree line and in some places even into the trees. The water was also crystal clear and
wonderfully warm. We went back there over several evenings – on one night I drew and the
others I swam. One evening as I was swimming with my husband I thought I saw a big birch stick in
the water behind him, but then I realized it was the head of a rather large snapping turtle. We
had been swimming for an hour, so we thought we would pack it in, go home and leave the pond
to the turtle.