Thursday, October 16, 2008
Chappaquiddick is a small island connected at times to the rest of Martha's Vineyard by the barrier that extends across the southern side of the islands - but it breached during the Patriot's Day Storm (April 07) and remains open. Barrier beaches wrap around the eastern side of Chappaquiddick, extending north to Cape Poge, and then hooking west and south back towards Edgartown. Cape Poge itself is a glacial knob that is sometimes referred to as Natick Island. It is gradually eroding westward and has required the lighthouse to be moved several times. What a bizarre notion - moving a lighthouse instead of building a seawall around it.