Thursday, May 22, 2008

Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (2006)

Waiting to get on the ferry...

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The groceries, etc. have to shipped over too...

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Seagulls like hanging out on the 45 minute journey from Woods' Hole to the Vineyard

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Passing the incoming ferry on the way out...

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Unloading the cars...

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A windsurfer

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Some crazy jumping off a bridge...

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The north side of the Island

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The above 5 pictures are all taken from the island of Chappaquiddick

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MyToi Japanese Garden on Chappaquiddick...the largest free public garden on the Island. The Vineyard sits on a large natural aquifer, which explains its plentiful growth of trees, etc.

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This bird has a red button on its beak (not visible here, I don't think) which the babies tap. This starts a regurgitation process whereby they can feed...

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The Birds, sans Hitchcock

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These photos are all taken on the long spit of Chappy that extends northward. There are only 8 homes on this road, accessible only by special permit, and are not powered by conventional electricity. Only solar panels and propane out here...

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The foundations of the 6th location of the Chappy lighthouse (the current one is the 7th). They really aren't making any more land...and in some places God is taking it back, via erosion...

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Well they don't have electricity...and when fire strikes, there isn't a fire department around either, though there is plenty of water. The ruins of two separate homes of the Lighthouse attendants...

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In the lighthouse...no nails back then, but if you look closely, you can see the white marks where the pegs are inserted to hold this staircase in place...

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The refractory lenses that allow a lightbulb smaller than an average household bulb to throw out light for 9 miles...

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Bayberry leaves...for use in candles and soaps...

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"the Bridge" - the modern bridge in place of the bridge without siderails where Ted Kennedy had his infamous accident

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Chance putting his helmet on...

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World famous chocolates at Chilmark Chocolates...I was in such a hurry to get in line that I didn't get a picture of the shop (there were 8 people ahead of me in the queue already - it's only open Thursday through Sunday) but I did get these ducks...

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The view from the scooter...

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Nantucket now follows...

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the homes are built with tides, floods, and storms in mind...

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I help raise the mainsail on Captain Jim's 31 foot "friendship sloop" Endeavor

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Gay Head is a town on the Vineyard, but also the name of this ship. Truly a name from a time when that word had an entirely different connotation...

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some wash by the gunwales as we catch some wake

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what happens when you get too close to the shoals...

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a young 5 year old navigator takes the wheel...

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Chris, the ship's mate from Lake Tahoe, California, lowers the mainsail...

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obviously NOT a sailboat... :-)

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Yes, that Macy's.

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fairly famous navigational map on Main Street

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Three ships' names...two of them were part of the Boston Tea Party

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what happens to cobblestone after hundreds of years...

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on the driving range...I think that was a good one... :-)

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The next Tiger Woods?

1 comment:

Charles El Mexicano said...

I've always loved the Friendship Sloops. I'm so jealous.