I arrived Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday afternoon and will be staying through Wednesday. The initial ferry ride from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven was pretty stormy and made Wesley uneasy, and it was also very, very expensive. The consolation of all that is being able to take refuge in paradise for a few days. Instead of a Motel 6 or the back of a Toyota, I’m staying at a remote beachfront residence in the 633 acre Long Point Wildlife Refuge on the south shore. Several days ago, I pinged my Oregon pal, Jenn, the queen of the information supa highway, asking her for some tips for visiting the Vineyard. I knew she had several times before. Well, lucky me, not only did she provide me a few tips, she provided me her brother—the earnest caretaker of this place. Chris and his girlfriend, Elaine, have been wonderful hosts, making Wes and I feel right at home. Sam, their little Boston Terrier is relentless in his pursuit of Wesley, trying his very best to get a rise out of him. He’s loving it here as well. Life is not hard at all at the moment.