|Winged creature on Lambert's Cove cottage door|
|Ferry to Martha's Vineyard|
|Dr. Fisher Road|
|Carter on Lambert Cove Beach|
|Erica in Ice House Pond|
An afternoon trip to Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head) gave us gorgeous views of the bright, clay cliffs and a glimpse of Wampanoag jewelry made form wampum, quohog shells. A winding path down to an ocean beach offers surf and a walk below the cliffs. There traditional nude bathing persists. I remember this from childhood visits to the island and was delighted to see that natural simplicity still lives, just slightly tucked away from T-shirt shops and chain store fudge.
|Maggie and Carter on Senge Pond|
|Carter with spider crab, Sengekontacket Pond|
|Elijjah (Aza) and Emma on East Chop Beach|
|Anton and Emma on the porch|
|Lola in the water|
We reveled in the West Tisbury Farmer's Market, cooked and ate communally (10-13 peeps each night), and played games from Bananagrams to Settlers of Cataan to Ticket to Ride. We sunned and swam and played paddle ball on the East Chop Beach and indulged in Mad Martha's ice cream, Moon Magick fudge and Back-Door Donuts.
|West Tisbury Farmer's Market|
Five years is a long time, and people grow up, as the quantity of beer bottles we recycled attests. Some of the young people grew restless without bikes or car and a limited bus system, so Erica and I resolved to develop a survey to assess each person's priorities for location and activities. Her arts management studies come in handy!
|Final night dinner|
The Martha's Vineyard Donors Collaborative is a consortium of island non-profits that aims to use their collective strength to sustain the Vineyard. Understanding the problem is a first step, and their excellent (downloadable) pamphlet addresses the problem with a clear, severe, but humorous and well-written warning: do something now or forget a future for the island. If you've ever lived there, visited the island or wanted to, download the pamphlet, watch a video, and choose your mode of action. There's something for everyone to do.
|Lola, Elijjah (Aza) and Joan blowing bubbles.|