Pamet Trail

Pamet Trail looking south toward Dyer Hollow on 1 November 2021.

I don’t really know how to write about Dyer Hollow and Pamet Trail. I’ve painted here for years, although it’s been a minute since I last worked here. During the initial days of the pandemic the Pamet Trail become very popular. The contemplative experience of being here was shattered by uncomfortably large groups of bored hikers. It put me off.

Hiking Project has a great suggestion for this trail, but it involves a lot of sand walking (boo!). These photos are from the old dune trail which, due to erosion, is unfortunately a trail to nowhere. But the views! To be honest. If I were to do a variation of this hike, I would use the old fire road through the woods that lets out at Higgins Hollow and catch the Old Kings Highway there. That way, there’s always a chance of encountering Sheldon Ball’s ghost

I returned to Dyers Hollow because I starting reworking a painting I made there in 2017. I needed to feel the place in my bones to really get into the painting again. Mission accomplished. I think we’ll be seeing a series from this magnificent place. 

Pamet Trail looking north on 1 November 2021.

Pamet Trail looking south on 1 November 2021.

Pamet Trail looking south on 1 November 2021.

Field Guide: Walking & Painting on Cape Cod 
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