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I did it. Like many others, I brought sand home from the Vineyard. It was wrong. What if everyone who visited the Vineyard did the same thing. How could I have done such a thing to the place I love so much. Shells and stones are one thing… you’re almost required to collect those. But how many bags full of sand can an island stand to lose before it starts to make a difference. Hundreds, thousands, millions… sand isn’t infinite, an island only has just so much of it. I was wracked with guilt. My bag of sand taunted me… I couldn’t look at it without feeling like a thief. Why did I think I needed it in the first place… did I need to touch it to feel a physical connection to MV!
I had stolen the sand in the early Spring and it wasn’t long after I got it home that I knew what I had to do. I had to take it back !!!! And so in the middle of winter I did just that. I drove out to the scene of the crime, trudged through the sand to exact spot where I’d pilfered it from and emptied the bag of sand back to its rightful place.
A few years ago my daughter Deb gave me this charm from CB Stark jewelers in Vineyard Haven. This vial of sand is guaranteed Vineyard sand and in my opinion it is the only way to bring sand home from the Vineyard.
(Oak Bluffs harbor)
June will soon be busting out all over on the Vineyard.
Here are a few highlights of happenings:
There are tons of things to do on MV in June – Click on the links to below for a full list of events…
(Oak Bluffs harbor)
Welcome sweeties to the gingerbread houses of Martha’s Vineyard.
They are found in the Campground in Oak Bluffs. Don’t miss seeing them, they are colorful, charming, architecturally interesting and a photographers delight…a delicious feast for the eyes. To find them walk up Circuit Ave, turn by the store the Secret Garden and there you are.
One of the many beautifully restored victorian homes.
From mostly flat terrain, down-Island (eastern end), to hills up-Island (western end), you will find the Vineyard a beautiful place to explore with a bike.
The dark lines on this map indicate the main bike paths. You can of course bike the other parts of the Island but those roads are shared with cars. From short rides flat rides like the 3 miles from Edgartown to South Beach/Katama, or long hilly rides like the 20 miles across MV from Oak Bluffs to Aquinnah… you can find a terrain and mileage that meets your criteria. Martha’s Vineyard is 100 sq miles, it cannot be biked in a day.. at least not to my knowledge.
One of the prettiest bike paths is the 6 mile stretch from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown… for a good part of the ride the ocean is on one side and Sengekontacket Pond on the other… it’s just lovely. Another pretty ride is the 8.5 mile ride from Edgartown to W Tisbury which goes alongside the state forest
So get a bike, grab a map and let biking on the Vineyard put a smile on your face.
Espresso Love -my favorite place for coffee and blueberry scones.