'Constant mirage'

  Dunes at Sandy Neck, in Barnstable, Cape Cod.

Dunes at Sandy Neck, in Barnstable, Cape Cod.

"Instead of fences, the earth was sometimes thrown up into a slight ridge. My companion compared it to the rolling prairies of Illinois. In the storm of wind and rain that raged when we traversed it, it no doubt appeared more vast and desolate than it really is.....A solitary traveler whom we saw perambulating in the distance loomed like a giant....Indeed, to an inlander, the Cape landscape is a constant mirage.''

Henry David Thoreau, in Cape Cod (1865)