Martha’s Vineyard: “[T]he collision of harbor and shore, the subtly haunting briny quality” William Styron

By late September we had reached Vineyard Haven, after visits in Massachusetts to Gloucester, Marblehead, Boston, Provincetown, and an anchorage near Woods Hole.  The Vineyard’s collision of harbor and shore was gentler than Styron suggests, although the town was decidedly briny.  We rendezvoused with our friends from Tandemeer, a vessel we first met in Grand Cayman, that delivers medical and school supplies in Haiti and other Caribbean countries.  With Anne and Sequoia, Tandemeer’s crew, we sampled the freshest lobster rolls while giant soap bubbles danced hauntingly along the water as sun set on our anchorage at Menemsha.

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Sunset at Marblehead.

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The monument in Provincetown celebrates the Pilgrim’s arrival in Massachusetts.  After learning of the sandy soils poor quality, the Pilgrims moved on to Plymouth.

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Gay Head light house.

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Vintage wooden crafts studded the mooring field in Vineyard Haven.

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A soap bubble diverts the eye from Elizabeth Jean anchored at Menemsha.

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The bubble meister.

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Elizabeth Jean‘s anchor light pierces the twilight as calm descends on the anchorage.

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