I am then asked how many dozen Dunkin Donuts I have ate since arriving at PVD.
That’s,TF Green International, to Rhode Islanders proud of their airport.
Weight? 200 plus or minus fifty pounds. Passing the weight test, I am allowed to retrieve my backpack then wait with eight other passengers for our flight to be boarded.
For some reason, I am not the last one to board. Is it because I still have powdered sugar on my lips?
On board we are given a quick safety briefing and before long we are airborne to Martha's Vineyard only a 25 minute flight on Cape Air from Providence (PVD). There is also daily ferry boat service from New Bedford, Rhode Island which takes about 90 minutes to make the crossing.
With good visibility it does not seem long before Martha's Vineyard comes into view.
A few bumps on our landing approach then a smooth touchdown welcomes us to the playground of America's “Rich And Famous”. I am joining the likes of JFK, Martha Stewart, The Clintons and even President Obama in spending a summer day at “The Vineyard”.
The ramp exit leads to the airport parking lot and local bus stop or baggage claim area inside the airport building.
There is also a Bus No.9 for Oaks Bluff another popular island destination. To both towns the bus fare is a steal for only $1.00. A taxicab will set you back about $25.00 unless it is coming from your campaign vacation fund.
Our final stop is at the Visitor's Center on Church Street. This is the main bus stop with connections to all other parts of the island.
A line is already formed for passengers traveling to Oaks Bluff. Bus service there is every 15 minutes.
The stained glass windows made by Louis C. Tiffany along with the pulpit, the bow of a dory from the schooner Northern Lights which use to be one of the largest ships in Edgartown harbor, reveals a bit of the town history. St Andrew's was built in 1899.
I think others like myself feel the same way as there are smiles and laughter everywhere. The shared excitement of being here is in the air, a good, good vibration.
Across the harbor is the famous Chappaquiddick Island where Mary Jo Kopechne was found dead in a car belonging to Senator Ted Kennedy. The stain of it's past history is long gone as tourist regularly visit the island for it beaches, kayaking, biking and great outdoors.
Wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap does not go over well in BoSox Nation. A little friendly banter and I am given a smiling Red Sox pardon.
Looking back across the bay I enjoy a view of Edgartown from a small beach near the ferry landing. As boats pass by on a gorgeous warm afternoon it takes a little brain processing to realize that I am not in the tropics but in New England.
Spectacular homes lined the waterfront, some dating back to the 1800's when Edgartown was a major whaling port.
Going downstairs, I hear a little girl scream.. “Ooh, daddy, daddy, help, yuck”. She is a part of a group of kids fishing from the wharf who has just caught a baby shark. Could it be a ...?
I'm not surprised to see a baby shark caught here because Martha's Vineyard is the home of “Jaws” the ultimate shark movie that even kept some of you (of course, not me) from taking showers in the 1970's.
Hooper: It's a carcaradon carcharias. It's a Great White.
From Steven Spielberg, Jaws (1975)
About half a mile away stands the Edgartown lighthouse a replacement of the original (1828) that was severely damaged by a hurricane in 1938. Seasonal tours are available with a $5.00 admission fee.
The first, Quarterdeck is quite busy but offers mostly fried food. I pass on that option although I am not opposed to fried food.
Querying a local for dining options, I get a recommendation for Espresso Love and set out in search of it. Following Dock Street, I make the turn on Main Street which is lined with shops and restaurants.
Along here bike rentals are available, $25.00 per day or $90.00 per week. A good way to get around. There are numerous bike paths available.
My first session begins with a no calories “Free Frosting” sampling.
I can feel the pounds dropping off before I even take the first bite of my Raspberry Mint Delight.
A light vanilla flavored cupcake, a raspberry mint frosting topped with a fresh raspberry and I am in love with this diet plan.
One such home is that of Captain Pease believed to be the prototype for Captain Ahab in Moby Dick. It is known that in 1841 Herman Melville the author of Moby Dick sailed on a whale ship under the command of Captain Pease.
I am having a little trouble finding 80 S Water Street as many of the homes here have double numbering. Meeting a local on the street I discover this confusion is due to the Fire Department being confused and requiring the houses to be renumbered. In my discussion, I notice my local information source is wearing a chain with a New York Yankees pendant. I am not alone in BoSox Nation.
In recent years the home was the residence of Patricia Neal, Oscar Best Actress Winner for the 1963 movie Hud.
Actress Neal passed away on August 8th, 2010 and was buried the day I was visiting Edgartown.
Oil was originally placed in the bottom of the glass vase.
Today, Moby Dick and his friends are happy.
Walking around it seems church steeples can be seen everywhere. One of note is the 92 foot clock tower of The Old Whaling Church. Built in 1843, today it is used as a town meeting place and performing arts center.
“How you doing”?
“No, how you doing?, You are the one on the working side of the counter”.
This little exchange brings us both smiles as I order the $10 “Special of The Day”. I think it even gets me a few extra ounces of ice tea as my cup is topped off before it is served to me.
The crab cakes are moist with a good amount of crab meat, the chipotle sauce adds a nice touch.
Breakfast is also available, so is a huge selection of sandwiches. Interestingly most beverages must be purchased from an indoor vending machine.
This time of the year the town is congested with traffic and the buses are running a bit behind schedule.
I find a little shade as the sun is beating down on some areas of the line.
The first bus arrives and I am the cut off point for the next bus which we are promised will arrive in 6 minutes. It's hot.
From Edgartown to Oaks Bluff is approximately five miles and the bus goes along State Beach to Ocean Park.
One popular beach area is the bridge where parts of Jaws (1975) was filmed.
Leaving Bus No.13 at Ocean Park, I descend street stairs to the rocky beachfront below.
Originally a part of Edgartown, Oaks Bluff took on a life of it's own in 1835 as a result of a Methodist week of spiritual rejuvenation. What started with a few pitched tents soon attracted thousands to the area from all over New England.
Once a real estate sales gimmick, each August on Illumination Night hundreds of Japanese lanterns decorate the Tabernacle.
Apparently the owner wanted to build a big and better hotel so he committed arson to get his project started.
Even before there was CSI, Oaks Bluff he got caught and spent three years in prison. Brilliant.
Various ferry services from the mainland also arrive at Oaks Bluff. There is a nice marina with shops and sea side restaurants.
Leaving Martha's Vineyard although I did not have a $75,000 a day vacation expense account like Michelle Obama, I did have a rich experience here. The charm of the island has enticed me to come back again to explore and discover more of it's offerings.