Being on the Island during off peak season has some advantages. Parking regulations are not enforced, even though signs indicate otherwise. We can park without fear of a ticket, the nice man told us as we watched him place a notice on the Bronco. Parking regulations will be back in affect starting next weekend. Hmmm, interesting. Parking, so far, has been relatively easy. This lovely town of 3,379 population increases to over 100,000 during the peak season. Its nice to be here without a frenetic pace, even if hours are kind of crazy in June.
In the days when residents lived far apart, this peddler's wagon brought the "store" to the residents. A period that didn't last long, the wagon too often got stuck on the muddy dirt roads, or mired in deep sand.
By now, we know for certain, there are no stop lights on this Island. The usual speed limit is 25 miles per hour. People are quite courteous on the road.
We visited a couple of galleries, shops, rugs, baskets, bags, scarves, clothing, not as expensive as you might think considering that every delivery truck has to pay a premium to ferry onto the island.
The gallery owners are very helpful and easy to talk too. Art here IS expensive. Hours, variable. Sculpin Gallery opened at 12:30, was closed by 3.
Once a working whaling harbor, big ship tie ups, still sprout through the sidewalks.
We took the On Time Ferry over to Chappaquiddick. Named the On Time because it only ran when people lined up and waited. It scooted the two minutes from one side to the other. It still operates that way, and therefore, always on time.
We watched Ferry On Time-I and On Time II operate for awhile. And then reduce to one ferry when things slowed down. From the Chappaquiddick side we got a great view of the harbor and Edgartown Lighthouse.
Edgartown is one of five working lighthouses that protect boat traffic from the island.
A fish shanty here is a very different affair from a shanty at Menemsha. I favored the Menemsha fishing village for its character, solitude, earthiness, smells; its real working atmosphere and food.