MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

Enjoy The Journey …


These three words can be applied to life in general, take the time each day to  go forth and focus on enjoying some, if not all of it.  I’ve been trying for the past few months to do just that, to look where I might not look, to veer to the left instead of the right, to open myself to new ideas and actually listen to people and not focus on what I’m going to say in response.  It’s been interesting.

I am not the most patient of people… especially if I’m planning a trip to the Vineyard.  I do try to contain myself but it’s hard when my head and heart are so focused on getting there.


I try to incorporate the words seen here in a window display at Sanctuary in Oak Bluffs, into my goal of being calm and not driving those around me crazy with my anxiousness. Does it work?  You’d have to ask my family.


IMAGINE – I always imagine myself on MV, it’s part of who I am. I think about where I’ll go and what I might do and where I’ll be staying. I picture myself doing my favorite things and having new adventures.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY– part of the experience of going to MV is getting to MV. The travel routine is pretty well set. There’s always a stop in Mystic, CT for lunch and when Chappy is with us to give him a chance to stretch his legs. One of the favorite parts of the journey is driving down Route 28 from Falmouth to Woods Hole. There’s something about this two lane road that makes me smile and makes my heart race as I get closer to the ferry to MV. Once on the ferry the final part of the transition from mainland to Island begins.

The Islander, everyone’s favorite ferry…


BREATHE– something I almost have to remember to do as I get closer to MV. Once I’m there for awhile I relax… at least my version of relaxing, my family thinks otherwise.

FAITH – I have faith that I will return to the Vineyard. I have faith that I will always find peace and contentment there. I have faith that I am renewed there. I have faith that it will always, somehow be in the lives of my family.

So basically …


but even if I’m not, I’m …


which is a continuous state of mind for me.

What rituals or habits do you have when you’re planning a trip to the Vineyard… and what MUSTS do you have to do once you’re there?

– by Joan –


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Enjoy The Journey …

  1. Hi Joan,
    You have no idea how lucky you are to be able to go to Martha’s Vineyard.
    I have dreamed of going there for almost a year now, ever since I read about the campground cottages in a novel. It is almost like the island is calling me, but I guess it is not meant to be, this year.
    Whenever I feel stressed, I imagine walking through Trinity Park and walking down the streets where the cottages are. And how I’d love to be there for Illumination night!
    So even though I can’t go to the Vineyard in person, I can take the journey in my mind and feel peaceful.

  2. You and I are soul Vineyard sisters, I’m convinced. As we approach Woodshole I am downright giddy… the ferry line is even a welcome sight, and I love when the car is nestled in the hull and we go upstairs to take in the sea air, with the island just ahead. I always look down over the churning water, so blue green and full of the salty essence of the island. Once there, we get to where we will stay, and then take a walk in Edgartown, where we have lunch or dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. (there are many). We stop in the bookstore to buy reading material for this stay.

    While we are on island, we always spend an afternoon or evening walking South Beach, and a hike down Gay Head trail to the rocky beach I love. I try to bring home a rock or two with each visit for my “rock garden”. A few meals are had at The Black Dog.. and a few pastries and coffee are bought at the Black Dog Bakery. We also buy T-shirts. They no longer put the year on them, but my favorite is my 1999 BD Tank top. It’s seen better days, but I love it still. Espresso Love is a must in the morning.. I’m usually up first and go get my coffee and breakfast sandwiches, muffins, etc. We make sure to have atleast one breakfast at the Main Street Diner, my favorite is the Vermont Omelet.

    I love the Tisbury Grange Artisan market and the Featherstone Flea. one thing I’ve never done is ride horses on the Vineyard. It’s on the list!

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