There must have been a zillion stars over Nantucket Sound tonight. It was incredible. Lost at sea, sealed in our own blue-black bubble of still sky and water with nothing but those stars lighting the way, our massive steamship silently slicing through the oceannight blur, it was as if I were in another world entirely. We were so small and so alone; the perfect calm of the sea eroding any possibility of fear. Such a beautiful ending to a beautiful trip.
The Vineyard today was amazing, as always. Even the ferry ride inspired awe; sailboats speckled a picture perfect lighthouse coast, wind blowing my hair in the breeze. I can’t get enough of it.
We arrived at the Vineyard Haven port around 2:00 p.m., a late start, but still entirely worth the $15 roundtrip ferry ride. The rest of our day was spent exploring the unique streets of the island, popping in and out of uncountable gift shops, boutiques, etc. (no two ever the same) across Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and- my favorite- Edgartown. I still think the pier at Edgartown overlooking Chappaquiddick is one of the most striking locations I’ve ever seen… I could have sat there forever- drinking in the sunset and the nearby wedding, the happy sound of the nearby local band- if only we didn’t need to race back to Oak Bluffs in time for the last ferry. Really, I need to just move here.
It’s the atmosphere that captivates me. The sense of perfect union between man and nature, the wind and the sea, the smiles and the casualness of it all. Vineyard time is its own time, and I embrace it. Being on that little island is to be far, far away from it all; and there’s something unexplainably calming about that fact. It’s like being alone in the middle of the ocean.
Alone except for your friends and your stars.