Dashing through the sand…

The Trustees of Reservations host their own version of a Chappy sleigh ride.

Photo by Michael Cummo

The Trustees of Reservations hosted a Chappaquiddick Sleigh Ride last weekend during Edgartown in Christmas. Running twice a day, the personalized tours began at the Mytoi Gardens with hot chocolate, tea, and holiday cookies. As someone who has never been to Chappy, I decided to go — this would be a great way to see the Island. Once we finished our cookies, we were ushered by Trustees staff into a pickup truck, or “sleigh,” which was decorated with Christmas baubles and garlands.

Trustees educator Molly Peach was on hand to point out Chappaquiddick highlights, including the nests ospreys had built on poles placed for them. Any time a member of the tour had a question, Molly was quick with an answer. The ride was extremely pleasant, especially when the heavy blankets were passed around.

Once the sleighs reached Cape Poge Lighthouse, there was a quick tour, which included the history of the lighthouse, which has been moved four separate times, and which was originally located 200 yards offshore. Who knew? Although no snowy owls made an appearance, the tour was a fun way to see a beautiful, remote part of the Island.