Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our favorite place

So we went to the Vineyard for a few days. My sister and her family live there as well as my mom. We feel  darn lucky that we have family that live there so we can visit pretty much whenever we want. I love it there. It's got something for everyone...it's a little bit preppy, little bit earthy crunchy, little bit artsy...It's just a nice mix of all kinds of people. Now, as much as I love being on the Vineyard, for me, half the fun is getting there. There is just something about getting on the ferry. I'm telling you, as soon as I get on that ferry, something just comes over me. Even on a cold, dreary day like this one...I'm still happy. I have a little routine when I get on the boat too. We make our way up to the snack bar...the kids always get hot dogs and a soda. (We don't drink soda at home so this is a treat)...I always have a glass of Chardonnay and a cup of clam chowder. That's my last meal by the way. Do you ever play Last Meal?? What would your last meal be? Mine is always and always has been this....Glass of Chardonnay, Clam chowder and a Lobster roll. Desert would definetly be coffee ice cream with hot fudge.  So, that's what we do on the boat. It's only a 45 minute boat ride...just long enough.

Steve and I actually met on the ferry. We were both coming home from Nantucket. Way back when..when we were in our early 20's, there used to be a party on Madaket beach in the summer called the Madakasham Jam...I don't think I have the spelling right but anyway...it was a sort of preppy Woodstock on Nantucket I guess. I only went once. It was quite the party and I met Steve, so even better.

My summer job for a few years was working on the ferry. Looking back I'm thinking..could there BE a better job for a kid? You're on a boat in the summer, going back and forth to the islands. Let me tell you...that was a killer summer job. I got to meet so many great people on the ferry. Ted Kennedy was on a few times. And, I'll never forget Mr. Rogers. I freaked when I saw him. When I was little, I LOVED Mr. Rogers! I had him autograph a hot dog wrapper. Steve got to sit next to JFK Jr. on the ferry once. Geez,  forget J.Crew, ,maybe when I'm done having kids I'll go back to work on the ferry.


  1. I LOVE this post. Martha's Vineyard is one of those otherworldly places for me. Is really real? It's cool to hear "normal, regular" people do it. Maybe one day . . . .
    And I'm sure nothing beats New England clam chowder. My last meal . . . eh, not much of a foodie, but definitely chocolate chip cookies!

  2. REALLY???? Your Mom and your Sister live on Martha's Vineyard??? Definitely on my must go places....I think our TP reunion should be on the Cape with a side trip to the Vineyard...sound good??? Hope you are having a wonderful time...xoxo

  3. I saw you comment on Clover Lane and decided to come over for a visit. How different all our lives are. I love the ferry too, as I used to live on Vancouver island. It is a very calm way to get to ones destination for sure. No ferries here in Northern Canada where I call home now. Although I have a sister in law in New Jersey so maybe one day I will be able to see the Cape. It seems to be the setting in so many of the books I've read. Hmm last meal, I'll have to think about that one.
    Take care,

  4. Well, chickie, kill me...again. Martha's Vineyard and FAMILY there? Awesome. I love your ferry-stories!!!! There IS something enchanting about a ferry ride. R - your blog is just fabulous!!! Love you! xoxo

  5. Thanks for visiting. And, YES you can: use Beth Moore's mantra AND go sugar-free. Go girl!!!

  6. Pam! I am just getting here and LOVE how you write, what you say, and those wonderful photos of yours! Congratulations, and keep it up, girl! You are on to something and I'm SO proud of you for going for it!!

  7. Pam, I love ferries too....my fave place is Whidbey Island, WA.and you have to take a ferry to get there.
    Growing up in San Diego, you used to have to take the
    ferry to Coronado Island before they built the Coronado bridge (which is spectacular). The ferry was much more fun than the bridge.....something about the wind in your hair, being on the water, smelling the sea....Oh, you brought back such happy memories for me today!!
    Thank you! xoxo P.S. Defenitely work at the ferry vs.
    J. Crew!

  8. I love ferries too Pam. The ones around here are a bit more rugged (to say the least) but still enjoyable. I just don't know how anyone lives away from the water. I could not do it!!!