My wife Cathlin and I were married 14 years ago, on Oct. 6 in New York city, just a few weeks after 9/11. We were married in Judson Church, located on the south side of Washington Square Park, and as we took family photos in the park we could still smell the smoke from the fires of the World Trade Center.
Beach Road along Vineyard Haven harbor is one of the busiest and most critical transportation corridors on the Vineyard. It serves Vineyard Haven residents and is also heavily used by Islanders from all the other towns.
On Feb. 26, 2000, we departed Tahiti, bound for the big Island of Hawaii. As we sailed beyond the reef and into the deep ocean, the sea turned azure, then almost black. On shore, the people of Tautira village waved farewell against a backdrop of palm trees and nestled houses. I imagined a similar scene, a thousand years ago, when my ancestors set out on voyages of exploration to the furthest reaches of the Polynesian triangle.