Tangier Island is disappearing. We’ve been hearing this for decades.
I can confirm that it’s true. I was there.
The small, still-inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay is now 2.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. That’s apparently half its size several years ago, based on local written accounts.
I went there to fill in a gap from The Great Loop, which I ended weeks ago. (I can’t say I “finished” it, as Skipper Jeff did, since I missed about 1,000 of the 6,000 miles.) I wanted so much to visit this island when we travelled up the bay a few months ago. It was my “must-do” on the Chesapeake. But we were too early in the season, and nothing on the island was open. Anyway, Jeff was focused on moving forward…and a stop-over at Tangier would have been “side-ways.” So I made a commitment to find another way.
I mean, how often can you visit a place that you know will disappear soon?
Sometimes I feel like I’m disappearing, too. I think it’s a phenomenon of post-retirement, growing older, and being a woman in this society. The good news is, I quickly recover from that feeling.
Tangier Island will, unfortunately, not recover. So if you plan to visit, you’d better make it soon. Photos and captions below.