Cape Ann is the neglected sister to the arrogant Cape Cod. Guarding the northern post of Massachusetts Bay with her historic Port of Gloucester and picturesque seaport of Rockport, she easily occupied a day of Bulthuis exploration and enjoyment. The weather was mild with some sun. The vegetation is still in winter hibernation with ground water still unable to penetrate the yet frozen undersoil. The landscape still has its beauty with rocky outcrops amid conifer forests. Tourist season is still months away, so there were no crowds to fight. Esther's favorite spot of the day was Rockport and Bearskin Neck Peninsula packed with quaint gift shops and fishing sheds. Peter's spot was the Essex shipyard. Calvin's was Halibut Point with the granite rocks and pounding surf.