While outdoor showers are common in many locales around the country, residents of Cape Cod bravely—and maybe insanely—use them as their primary shower for much, if not all, of the year. What began quite simply as a place to rinse the sand off the feet after a day at the beach to keep from tracking it indoors quickly evolved into having a place to wash salt and sand off the entire body. As Roe Osborn explains in this JLC photo-essay, outdoor showers can be as simple as a hose with a garden nozzle hung on a wall, or as high-tech as an indoor shower, with multiple showering stations, elaborate full-body shower systems, and rainfall shower heads.

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