Sept 9-16, 2011 - Adam is Phil Wilson's nephew, and a longtime friend. He brought his two delightful children, Eliza and Warren, along with their friend Sharon, who helped with the children until his wife Gretchen could join us.
We first visited Cuttyhunk, where Adam led everyone on a long walk. We sailed next to Saunderstown, RI, to visit his parents. It was nice to visit as his mother grew up in Stephanie’s and my hometown of Rumson, NJ.
The next day, Adam’s brother and nephew joined us one-way for the downwind sail to Block Island. There we rented bikes and explored the island, hiking to a cliff backed beach. Our next destination was Westport, MA, which has a beautiful winding entrance past a gorgeous beach. There we rendezvoused with Adam’s wife, Gretchen.
Next day we headed back towards Martha’s Vineyard. Because his has a home there, Adam has done extensive kayaking and camping on the Elizabeth Islands. We anchored off a beautiful beach in Quick’s Hole that he recommended. It was beautiful. The next morning we woke to dense fog. At Adam’s request, he sailed us, tacking upwind, without reference to electronic navigation, using compass and intuition alone, to Tarpaulin Cove in the fog. It was a masterful achievement! Familiar with the anchorage, Adam and I took a long walk on the private Forbes-owned island while the others stayed on the beautiful beach.
The next day, after a quick beachwalk, which included an exploration of the lighthouse, we sailed across Vineyard Sound to Menemsha. Adam bought us a farewell lobster lunch at the local fish shack, where we sat on lobster pots enjoying a beautiful day. Sadly we said goodbye to Adam and his wonderful family.