Two of the biggest activities on Tangier are fishing and going to Church.
On a Sunday some businesses will be closed as most islanders will be sharing family worship throughout the day. This to some is an interruption in the vacationing pleasure, to others an interesting custom. Here this "activity" is commonplace and expected, in many other areas of the US this family day barely exists as such. Personally, I love the sight of the families in Sunday finery, walking and
biking back and forth from church. Some taking the fast fast route, a golf cart. This offers a glimpse in the true day to day life of Tangier.
This is a quiet, peaceful and religious community.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the actual multi-passenger golf cart.
While you can undoubtedly walk all around the island (there are only two roads lengthwise and it is impossible to get lost), it is relatively cheap to do the tour, and you get the information about the island that you might not otherwise get or think to get.
The next time we came to Tangier, Mr. Parks took us around his golf cart and I was able to get some more pictures of the island scenery
This is admittedly a huge name for a tiny attraction. We often come to expect large showy displays to explain the flora and fauna that surrounds us.
This is a charming backyard attraction. Simple succint and worth the suggested donation.
The "tanks" have the expected Chesapeake Bay Blue crabs. What suprised me though were the sea horses and various other species swimming about.
This tiny "museum" is at the back of on of the local shops. The lady sits in the front of the shop knitting afghans for sale along with various and sundry souveniers.
They have a small but charming selection of local books and pen and ink postcards. After you have looked about for a bit wander to the back of the store to enter the Museum. Donation is gladly accepted. Many local artifacts from the fishing village are sitting awaiting your perusal.
The Chesapeake Bay offers some of the best fishing in the United States. This Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S.
Tangier is noted for its Fisherman. The water is the primary source of income for them.
You are able to hire a head boat to go out for serious fishing or a tour boat for lighter family style crabbing and exploring.
This is a quiet Island. There are no "amusements" you make your own. Go for a stroll through the little town or on the beach by the tiny airpark. You are able to walk the entire Island in about 2 hours.
Beware of "Sunday go to meeting" traffic jams. The streets become almost deserted during Church service yet fill to overflowing when between services.
For those of you familiar with VT royalty...
YES, that is Her Gilliness in the photo!
One of the industries on Tangier is farming crabs. The crabs have to shed their shells to grow. After shedding, before the shell hardens up, they are soft shelled. The fisherman bring in the peelers (the hard shelled crabs that are ready to shed) and put them in trays with water running through them and wait for them to be shed. The farms must be checked three times a day because the peelers will eat the soft shelled guys. Extremely hard work and becoming less and less profitable because of the scarcity.
This is a picture of an exhibit, which has signs describing the process. The original sign had a fee for viewing the exhibit, so we didn't go in, but I think the fee might have been waived.