I am determined to use this spurt of decent wifi to catch up to this point in the trip. So here we go, Sunday, June 1 on Vinalhaven.
We started off the day with a lobster parade. We didn’t really have any idea what that meant, but we showed up. It turns out there were plenty of lobstering-themed activities, like blessing the fleet, knot tying, dead fish relays (you read that correctly), lobster trap races (where you run across the top of the crates on the water), and my personal favorite, timed trap heading. Apparently to get a lobster trap ready, one must first head the trap. That means putting a bunch of rope and netting in the trap in an extremely particular way. The guy who we watched was first, and he took 13 minutes and 48 seconds. So yeah, that’s a lot of work. It was $10 an entry, and the winner got to keep the trap.
It’s unbelievable how much we’ve already gotten to know the people on the island. Everywhere we go, we know someone, and the people we don’t know probably related to the people we do know, all of whom are great photo subjects.
I call this one “I’m So Fancy.”
Later on we went rowing with the rowing coach, which was a new experience for all of us. I ended up going twice because we needed one more person in the second group. It worked out great because I ate two lunches before that–extra rowing fuel. What started out being a bit stressful learning commands and knowing that our ability dictated our success and our level of frustration, turned into a relaxing bonding time rowing around part of the island. We’re looking in to starting a crew team at DePauw (not really).
Then, Bobby (the lobsterman) took us out on his boat to Hurricane Island, where there used to be an Outward Bound program. There are two theories to its name: one is that there really was a hurricane on the island. Yawn. The second is that there was a boy named Cane who lived on the island who they used to call hurricane, and they named it after him. I choose to believe the latter.
The island had some of our best views yet, and we learned all about its history. In the 1900’s a whole town lived there, but now a family owns the island. They live in the most amazing home I’ve ever seen, where the top viewing deck gives them a 360 degree view of the island. It’s casual. Basically an HGTV dream home in real life.
We actually found a newly dead baby seal that was incredibly cute and sad, but I’ll spare you those pictures for the much less depressing one of this seal skull instead!
We can’t believe that tomorrow is our last full day on Vinalhaven. I’m going to feel so landlocked going back to Ohio, and I’m not looking forward to a twelve hour travel day on Wednesday. So I just keep remembering how lucky I am that I ended up here, with these people, doing something I love to do in a place I’ve never been. This is a good life.