Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A bit about Tangier Island

From what I understand, it's doomed. They have been losing eight acres a day since 1850, mostly due to the land sinking and eroding. Rising waters of course aren't helping either. The inhabitants believe they have fifty more years. I think that's extremely optimistic.

As I type this we're waiting for high tide to recede. For two or so hours before and after high tide, we can no longer walk to shore without getting our feet wet. At its highest the water is up to our knees. 

Low tide. Pic from our boat to Mr. Parks house.

High tide. Note the water under the cross pier,
and the lack of green in front of the house.

Close up of Mr. Parks house

To be fair, right now we're experiencing abnormally high tides. They call them "nuisance tides" here. We've been assured this is unusual. I predict this will be the norm soon.

We did do some walking around. There are a couple of cemeteries here. If you glance at the headstones you'll see a couple of names repeatedly. Parks is one. Crockett (the town's founder) is another. Families, descendants of British explorers, have been here for generations. They even still have a British accent.

Given this is a tourist town mostly but chilly in the winter, a number of the restaurants won't open for another week for Memorial Day. We ate at the only open place called Lorraine's. Crab cakes were very good. 

So, if you want to see the place, time's a-wasting! I suppose you could always use scuba gear...

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