Our trip to Martha’s Vineyard started at the Quonset ferry dock. The catamaran, which I first thought was a single-hull vessel, was smaller than I thought. The line of people waiting to board was formed when we arrived there. Behind us was a family with two children. The young boy had a lizard named Jack, and the girl had a parrot. They said Jack was the friendly one and the bird would bite. The kids interacted with their pets with care and affection. Jan braved to handle Jack and even petted him.
The boat ride was a bit rough, too rough for Jan for sure. At the end of the trip, she asked for a plastic bag and I grabbed one of the special paper bags they provided for this purpose. Roland and Cathy picked us up, and after a brief tour of the town took us to the house where they were spending the last few days of their vacation. The house was on a street that seemed to be typical of Oak Bluffs, lined with houses in candy colors of pink, white, green and with their detail that appears intricate from a distance. Everyone greeted us at the verandah, enjoying an afternoon drink or the nice breeze.
Jan decided to lay down for a while to get her balance, I took a short walk to the end of the road where the beach was; then walked up a little to see the large park area that I called the central park of Oak Bluffs. Around the park were more of the same houses with fussy detail and several much larger houses with more substantial architectural presence. One of them, I had learned earlier, belonged to the author Tom Clancy Peter Norton (I have just found out today that my original source was apparently incorrect). You will see more of the architectural photographs in another post.
The central park area was very well kept and clean, the flower beds were full of plants in good shape, and people were enjoying the open air in that setting. There was a chocolate lab running after the ball his owner threw for him to fetch. As he made his trips after the ball, I took a few photographs. You will see him going in all directions in one of the photos below. Yes, it is the same dog that I decided to bring in from three photographs to make the one you see.
Skipping over about 20 hours, I will leave you with a photograph in the end that was taken as we left the island into a gorgeous sunset. You will see photographs of the sunset as well.