We stopped at her house on the way and learned that she is married to the chief of police (ironic, huh?) and they live in the caretaker's house on the Forbes property. The views were absolutely breathtaking. From her backyard we could look out at the water and see a place they call "No Man's Land". I can understand now why people stay here. It's so peaceful you almost feel like you're the only person on the planet.
Laurisa is quite knowledgable and a very generous tour guide. She fills our heads with Island history, interesting facts and the popularity of green building on the Island. The Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head Cliffs) are incredible. We soak up the view, take some pictures, then head back to her house so she can grab a book about green building that she wants to lend James. I couldn't help wondering is she was for real...I mean, are people really this nice???
After getting the book, she takes us back to the bus stop and we then attempt to find a war memorial that my grandma had told me about. We found one but it wasn't the right one and, since it was dark, we decide not to pres sour luck getting to the other places on the list. Instead we have a nice dinner in New Haven - I had an amazing lobster and crab cakes - then hop back on the ferry. Based on the complications today, something tells me finding the van might be a little more difficult that we have planned.