Oaks Bluff Pier 8.12.2017

Martha’s Vineyard Cycling Day Trip

Bikes on the Beach 8.12.2017

Bikes on the Beach 8.12.2017

Martha’s Vineyard is a gorgeous island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the perfect place for a cycling day trip.

For some time, I had wanted to cycle the twelve-mile-round-trip on the ocean bike path from MV’s Oak Bluffs to Edgartown.

Beach Brush 8.12.2017

Beach Brush 8.12.2017

Cloudy skies and drizzle could not deter me from this day trip.

I rented a bike at Oak Bluffs close to where Falmouth’s Island Queen ferry docked.

The cheerful shop owners provided me with a bike, helmet, basket, lock and map for a modest sum.

The cool, salty air rushed through my lungs as I peddled through the light rain admiring the sea on one side of the bike path and salt marshes on the other side.

I listened to the ocean waves, sea gulls, wind through the beach brush and splashing of my tire wheels through puddles.

A few brave souls were sailing and additional boats dotted the horizon.

Chappy Ferry 8.12.2017

Chappy Ferry 8.12.2017

The fabulous ride took me to Edgartown’s Chappy ferry and wooden pier.

I relished my homemade sandwich under the pier while watching cars on the small, flat boat being ferried back and forth across the small harbor to Cappaquiddick Island.

The rain finally ceased and I headed back on my bike to Oak Bluffs,  stopping to take photos along the way.

There was just enough time to window shop before boarding the Island Queen to return to Falmouth.

I smiled on the ferry recalling that Jaws, the shark-horror-cult-film was made on MV.  Later, I folded an Origami shark.

Origami Shark 9.9.2017

Origami Shark 9.9.2017

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Clambake 7/22/2017

Clambake on Cabbage Island, Maine

Have you ever wanted to try a traditional New England clambake?

Lobster Wrapped in Seaweed 7.22.2017

Lobster Wrapped in Seaweed 7.22.2017

A clambake usually includes lobster and clams along with sweet corn, potatoes, onion and an egg.

These are wrapped in seaweed, covered with a brown tarp and steamed in an open fire pit.

The hard-boiled egg is used to determine when the bake is done.

 

You can travel to picturesque Boothbay Harbor, Maine, then on to Cabbage Island by boat to enjoy a great New England clambake.

The Bennie Alice departs from Boothbay Harbor to take you to Cabbage Island daily.

Boothbay Harbor, ME 7.22.2017

Boothbay Harbor, ME 7.22.2017

Bennie Alice Boat 7.22.2017

Bennie Alice Boat 7.22.2017

Boothbay Lighthouse 7.22.2017

Boothbay Lighthouse 7.22.2017

Cabbage Island is lovely with beautiful sea views.  Select to eat on outdoor picnic benches or under a large covered shed.

A badminton net stretches across a lawn and a bean-bag toss game is available for energetic visitors.  Pretty flowers dot the landscape.

Cabbage Island Flowers 7.22.2017

Cabbage Island Flowers 7.22.2017

Start with the hot clam chowder.  Then, relish freshly caught lobsters and vegetables topped off with delicious, Maine blueberry cake.

Clambake Tray 7.22.2017

Clambake Tray 7.22.2017

Play some games or pet one of the Cabbage Island’s huge Maine Coon cats.

Here is Nugs taking a cat-nap in a shady spot after lunch.

Nugs Napping 7.22.2017

Nugs Napping 7.22.2017

One of the cooks said that Nugs is actually an excellent mouse catcher.  This inspired me to fold a Hunting Origami Cat.

Hunting Cat 7.23.2017

Hunting Cat 7.23.2017

Seashells 6.14.2017

Summer Visitor

Annoying noise on the table.  Abbreviated gyrations.  Receipt of a text message.

Pleasantries from New York City followed by a request and an invitation.

Seahorse 6.4.2017

Seahorse 6.4.2017

A friend needs a place to stay overnight.

She will miss the last ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  Plans to open her island house for the summer.  Why don’t I join her for the weekend?   Is it June already?

I love the Vineyard and the sea.  But, I’m exhausted from work and the last weekend activities.

Affirmative response to the request and negative one for the invitation.

That night, my dreams are filled with the sound of waves, silvery fish, seahorses, the warmth of the sun, a beach and seashells.

It’s late when she arrives on Friday evening.  Gift of lovely white roses.

White Roses 6.4.2017

White Roses 6.4.2017

We chat: her son’s graduation, relationship with her husband and his Indian family, the Martha’s Vineyard house, her new job.  I complain about the usual.

We’re up early the next morning, she to catch the ferry at Woods Hole, me for my weekly swim at the Y.

I navigate as she hastily drives through Harvard Square then on to Central Square.

“How pretty Cambridge is,” she remarks.

She drops me off at the YMCA and I watch the back of her car disappear down Massachusetts Avenue.