Gay Head

by Sam

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Gay Head Cliffs, Aquinnah, on a cloudy day. I’ve been coming to the Vineyard since high school. but this was the very first time I made it out to this corner of the island. When I was sixteen, my English teacher asked everyone in the class if we had been to the Aquinnah Cliffs. No one raised their hands; she was a bit flustered, then insisted we all must visit before we die. I understand why now. 

Fun fact: the lighthouse is made out of clay from the cliffs, and it was recently moved back about a few hundred feet from the cliff’s edge to protect it from the consequences of erosion. It’s the second time in its long history that it has been moved. Yes, we climbed up to the top! The view is amazing, and it was worth the wait. 

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