Dukes County Highpoint Trip Report

Peaked Hill

Date: September 16, 2006
Author: Charlie Zerphey

We caught an early ferry (slow-cheaper) to Martha's Vineyard which is now $6.50 each way. The bus tickets are now $2 for each ride or all day tickets for $6. Senior citizens over 65 (thatís us) were able to purchase all day tickets for 3 bucks. This enabled us to cover all the routes and the entire island. Using the Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority system route map, I used the #5 route to West Tisbury-Chilmark route and got off the bus at the Chilmark Community Center and followed Mike Schwartz's report. I tried hitchhiking to and from the highpoint but didn't have any luck.

On returning to the CCC as I was approaching the intersection on Middle Road, the bus was leaving and I missed the bus. On this route they run every hour, so I tried hitch hiking again. This time I managed to get a ride on the back of a motor scooter, driven by a Californian, to Gay Head Lighthouse and Cliffs. There was an Indian Powwow in progress so I watched it until my bus came.

I met Marilyn in Egartown and we had dinner at the Seafood Shanty in old town Edgartown by the shore. I was sorely disappointed as I had the worst lump crab cakes I ever ate. I'm not a complainer when it comes to food but when the waiter came back to ask how everything was, I showed him how there was absolutely no lump crab meat, in fact there was hardly any crab meat at all. He made no effort to correct the situation but rather gave excuses. My wife had fish and chips and they also had onion rings on a very large platter, which I ended up eating after she got about half way through. By the way, the fish and chips were very good and the best lobster bisque ever. I must say, we had a very enjoyable day on Martha's Vineyard.