Got Out of Town on a Boat *
A ferry story in 26 pictures requires a jump break. Click on "read more" below to see the rest.
* My subject heading is the first line of my favorite Crosby, Stills & Nash song -- "Southern Cross."
|Codename: Kate the Great and I drove to the ferry dock in Vineyard Haven, the harbor of Tisbury,|
on the island of Martha's Vineyard. We got there early and watched truck after truck after truck...
|...moving trucks, FedEx trucks, construction trucks, Stop & Shop trucks...|
|...driving backwards and lining themselves up...|
|to back onto the ferry.|
|I would not want to back a semi onto a ferry. They made it look easy.|
|While, one after another, they did this...|
|...the harbor watched on prettily.|
|Bye bye trucks!|
|Then our ferry arrived. People climbed out. Cars drove out. Trucks drove out too!|
|Maybe some ferries are truck-only ferries and some carry mostly cars with just a few trucks.|
Maybe it depends on the time of day. I dunno. But finally it was our turn to climb into the
belly of the beast.
|Kate the Great managed this splendidly (and also exhibited extreme patience with my|
picture-taking ^_^. More than that: she was an excellent co-conspirator!)
|There are things to see on a ferry.|
|Like these pretty views...|
|...and this passenger.|
|Foot passengers climbed aboard.|
|Finally it was time to close the big doors and push off.|
|The ferry dock has special bumpers...|
|...perfectly positioned to dock the Martha's Vineyard ferries.|
|Sky and sea.|
|I was sure my iPhone wouldn't be able to capture the soft blues of sea and sky around this trawler...|
|...but lo and behold, this is pretty much exactly what it looked like.|
|We saw another ferry going in the other direction. I wondered if it was full of trucks.|
I remembered that our ferry was carrying a postal service semi and a schoolbus.
I considered the possibility that I'd developed a truck obsession.
|Here's the explanation for the schoolbus -- a team going to play a game on mainland Massachusetts.|
|Our ferry's destination, Woods Hole, is at the southern base of Cape Cod.|
|How lucky I am to live in such a beautiful state.|