August 2006: Life is simple on the island of Martha's Vineyard. I was transformed into vacation mode quickly with help of my wonderful friend Dan and my new friend Jordan. There is much to see and do on this 100 square mile island. With Jordan as my guide, I was able to do what I enjoy the most: biking, kayaking, walking on the beach, admiring the interesting architecture, and seeing the distinct personalities of the villages and natural areas.
I stayed with Dan in Vineyard Haven, a charming village with a postcard business district and plenty of beautiful homes and views. Jordan lives in quieter West Tisbury. The first day we biked in the state forest near his home and snuck onto a private beach (don't tell anyone). It was a beautiful and magical spot with choppy seas with plenty of whitecaps, storm clouds gathering overhead, and just enough rain to refresh us. On the way back, we stopped at a few galleries to browse. There are plenty of bike trails on the island (plus most roads are safe to bike on) and several places to rent a bike. (See a bike trail map and more.)
The weather for the next two days was idyllic with bright blues skies. Jordan took me to Chappaquiddick Island to kayak across Pnoucha Pond in the Wasque nature reservation. We took the Chappaquiddick Ferry from Edgartown and rented kayaks at the Dike Bridge. Kayak rental and guided tours are provided by The Trustees of Reservations. At the end of Pnoucha Pond, we took a short hike to a beautiful beach for a swim. On the way back, we toured Mytoi Japanese garden and stopped for ice cream in downtown Edgartown.
Speaking of Edgartown, the three of us had a sumptuous dinner at Atria. Standouts from the evening included the coconut crusted prawns, lobster mac n’ cheese, and the very yummy molten chocolate cake.
The next day we took a fabulous bike ride to Gay Head and the Aquinnah Cliffs. Read and see more.