Monday, April 14, 2014
L is for Lobsterville
Lobsterville is a two mile stretch of beach along the calm waters of Vineyard Sound, which is the section of the Atlantic Ocean that separates Martha's Vineyard from Cape Cod. In my experience, Lobsterville is one of the quietest and most peaceful places on the island. Parking in the area is extremely limited, so that could be a reason why.
I took my dog Clancy to Lobsterville when he made his first trip to the island in 2013. In spite of the fact that the water is about as calm as ocean water gets, Clancy was scared to death of it. His body language said it all.
Perhaps because it is so quiet, Lobsterville is a nesting area for the island's many seagulls. I love seagulls and would love to see them nesting, but either they are hidden or I haven't been to Lobsterville at the right time of the year. I suppose the birds would not want me or anyone else disturbing their nests anyway.
While I was doing research for The Ghosts of Aquinnah, I learned that a few survivors of the wreck of The City of Columbus, which opens the book, came ashore at Lobsterville. The ship sunk in January, 1884 off the coast of the Aquinnah cliffs, which are located at the tip of the land shown in the photo below. One of the survivors lumbered ashore at Lobsterville and went in search of help. It's impossible to imagine how terrifying that night must have been when standing on Lobsterville Beach on a perfect summer day and seeing nothing but calm and clear blue water.
I'm also over at Untethered Realms today for our A-Z of Fantastical Creatures. I'm sharing the story of a mythological dog named Laelaps. Please come and visit with us over at our blog. :)
My A-Z of Martha's Vineyard theme is inspired by my book, The Ghosts of Aquinnah, which is set on the island. Click here for all the info on the book.