They're configured differently than they used to be on our Cape Cod vacations in the 1990s. Back then they went straight up and down, a workout even for the fit. It was so worth the effort. Here we were on a chilly evening in June.
As soon as crews can get there, they will rope off the dangerous step to nowhere and begin the wait until spring when new steps will bring the visitors down to the sand again.
The low-slung bathhouse used to sit far the from the edge of the sandy cliff. Now, you can imagine the day when it, too, could fall into the surging seas. There used to be a scenic rose-lined walkway between the parking lot and the edge of the dune but it was washed away before my children were born.
Cape Cod is melting away and it is winter's fault.