Marthas Vineyard 12th/13th September
Most of the island is fringed with beautiful beaches. Edgartown consists of immaculate 'New England' style houses with manicured gardens, strung along leafy lined streets; a very comfortable place to be. . ..Downtown there are several select gift and fudge shops etc. The shoreline is dominated by hundreds of well constructed jetties leading up to summer residencies on the water front.
We make a 'b' line for the local museum which houses all sorts of remnants from the past 200yrs. Edgartown was a major whaling port during the 19c, they had a population of 22,000 sheep at one time, and were also home to the Fresnel Lens, which was housed in the local light house.
Another interesting bit of information gleaned from the museum, which took me by surprise, was that the locally made surfboard displayed, was very similar that used by Captain Cook in 1777 in the Society Islands!
After lunch we dinghy all the way across Katama Bay to South Beach, a remote sandbar overlooking the Atlantic which we share with a multitude of birds. Its been a long time since we had sand between our toes!
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