December of 1992 my husband Bob and I were looking forward to going to MV for our first Christmas in Edgartown weekend.
Instead of leaving home on Friday we decided to leave Thursday due to the forecast for a snow storm. We figured we’d drive as far as we could, stay over night and then continue to MV on Friday. Good plan !
We left home around 2pm in the snow. As soon as we got out of NJ it wasn’t snowing at all, just raining. We stopped in Mystic, CT around 5 for supper and then continued onward. We arrived in Falmouth, MA around 8pm…got a motel room and settled comfortably in for the evening. Ahhh, things were working out !
When we woke up it was raining, winds were howling, it was cold and threatening looking. We had our breakfast and then headed to Woods Hole to get on our 9:30 ferry to MV. NO ferries were running and they didn’t know when they’d start up again due to the weather…they said to check back about 2pm ! The ferries were bobbing and weaving in the now torrential rains… it wasn’t looking promising.
We now had about four hours to fill up. Friends of my parents live in Buzzard Bay so I called them and they invited us over. It was nice seeing them and catching up on things. Around noon the husband called the Steamship Authority and they told him the 1:15 ferry would be going to the Vineyard. We said our good-byes, grabbed lunch and headed to Woods Hole. But alas, still NO ferries were running and now they’d been officially cancelled for the day…and possibly the next day. The nor’easter had arrived. We sadly went and got our tickets refunded, which the SSA does when they cancel the ferries. I called the hotel and they refunded our money also. And then we left and started our trek back to NJ less than 24 hours after we’d left.
We could see the Vineyard, but 7 milesof stormy seas stood between us and getting there. We did return three months later though in the middle of March, which is another story that you can read by CLICKING HERE.
We arrived home around 8pm, keeping just ahead of the snow the entire trip. The blizzard arrived by the next morning.
I’m happy to say that in December of 1993 we actually did make it to MV for the Christmas in Edgartown weekend…the weather was sunny, chilly, and perfect. That was definitely a good plan.