A cloudy day on Martha's Vineyard -- 08/13/09

As you can see from this photo, we did not have sunshine and blue skies for our trip to Martha's Vineyard, but we also did not have any of the predicted possible thunderstorms.

There were lots of birds following our ferry going to and returning from the island; they would seem to hang motionless... until I would try to take a picture...
On previous trips to Martha's Vineyard we have taken the high speed ferry from Quanset, RI -- but this time we took the Steamship Authority ferry from Woods Hole, Massachusetts (travel to and from there via a chartered bus organized by our town department of parks and recreation). We took the ferry to the port of Oak Bluffs on the island, the same port we had used on previous trips. Those trips were recounted here in entries about six years ago and four years ago. (The second of those entries has a small map showing the relationship between Rhode Island, Cape Cod, and Martha's Vineyard in case you were wondering what was where.)

We wandered about in Oak Bluffs for a bit, looking around, grabbing coffee and/or bagels, etc., but then took a bus to Edgartown. (We = Nancy and me, our son Jeremy, our daughter Jill, and her boyfriend Eli.) The picture above is the Edgartown Harbor Light... and below you can see four of us posing for our picture in front of the light (me, Jill, Nancy, Jeremy).

The picture below is of the Harbor View Hotel (which is near the lighthouse). It is a vintage 1891 building and I think it shows what those magnificent Victorian Era hotels in Narragansett would have looked like.

Naturally, we couldn't resist trying out the wooden rocking chairs (very comfy indeed) on that huge and inviting porch.

Back in the center of Edgartown we divided into two groups -- Nancy, Jill, and Eli went off to see a reptile and bird refuge that Jill was interested in while Jeremy and I spent a little more time in Edgartown and then returned to Oak Bluffs. (The picture below is of Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs.)

Jeremy and I were looking for the Offshore Ale Company's restaurant. Offshore Ale is a microbrewry that also has a restaurant where (naturally enough) their beer is served. We found it -- secured a table on their outside patio -- and settled in for brew and munchies. To be specific, Jeremy ordered a dark stout and I got an amber ale. We also got appetizers: a plate of fried calamari and an order of Buffalo chicken wings. We were in repeated cell phone contact with the rest of our party, tracking their progress from animal sanctuary to bus to transfer to another bus... and meanwhile, we sat there and enjoyed the calamari and wings and beer. (Jeremy praised their stout so I switched for my next glass. Mmmm, it was indeed good.) Eventually the others made their way to join us and we got more food and more beer. (Life is good.)

And then we had to catch a bus over to Vineyard Haven to catch a ferry back to Woods Hole, although we did find time to get ice cream cones. (Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention the peanutbutter fudge and the chocolate fudge and the chocolate & peanutbutter fudge we had bought in Edgartown.)

The picture below is of some of the boats in Vineyard Haven harbor, taken from the ferry on its way out.

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