Time to Walk Squibnocket

Down on the far southwest side of the Vineyard, Chilmark and Gay Head come together on the map in the form of what looks like a shadow puppet; a calf’s head comes to mind. Look closely, the image is possible. The ear, if you will, curves back around along Lobsterville beach towards Menemsha. At the base of this calf’s neck lies Squibnocket Point.

Ordinarily, this map’s eye view of things, where sedentary boredom can lead to the conjuring up of hazy symbols and images no one else can see, is the closest one gets to Squibnocket Point. However, this Sunday, Feb. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. there is the opportunity to actually set foot on this hallowed ground during a The Trustees of Reservations walk.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the landowner, the town and the Trustees over two miles of scenic shoreline and over 140 acres of dunes and maritime habitat have been protected. But it is not always accessible. This Sunday, guides will lead you through this exquisite maritime habitat on a walk out to the point, home usually to a variety of seabirds, a growing seal population and surfers who, like their wild brethren, are best viewed from a distance.

The walk lasts approximately two hours. It is free to members of The Trustees of Reservations and $10 for nonmembers.

Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call 508-693-7662 for reservations and directions.

No dogs allowed.