Awesome--Internet at Downing House is functional!
Martha's Vineyard Island is accessible by ferry (steamships that carry passengers and vehicles) and by plane. Each of the three years I've come here, I have sojourned by driving up 95 alone to get on the ferry. The ferry where you can take your car with you onto the island is in Woods Hole, MA which is in lovely Cape Cod. It is a very long drive all to myself. I usually stop at a Denny's in Connecticut to rest, eat, and read. This year's trip was the best because I did it mostly during the daytime (previous years had been overnight trips). I do enjoy road trips, but not really driving by myself for so long.
My ferry reservation was for 3:45 p.m., but I was over an hour early, so they squeezed me in at 2:45 p.m. I saw Renee (who is staying in Downing House with me this year) on the ferry--she was in my class on memoir last year. We chatted, but she wanted to stay inside, so I went and took pictures of the trip. Check it out (recommend that you turn on comments):
I have been busy ever since, but mostly with school things. I will be visiting Tashmoo beach tomorrow after class, which is a beautiful area.
Oh yeah, and I spoke with my professor that I'm working with for my thesis and she said that I might be able to incorporate my blogging into my project, since it was in some ways an outgrowth of the progress I made as a teacher and a writer this year. Maybe I'll do a Ph.D. on blogging as a new form of literacy for an Internet savvy generation... Fancy!