National Geographic : 2001 Jul
then head home, though some linger in half a dozen inns busy only in summer. The summer resident population hovers around 200, but day-trippers can add another 600 or 700 to the mix. Winter is a quiet and lonely time; the island shrinks to its bedrock population of 65. In the unofficial hierarchy of Monhegan, day-trippers are the bottom dwellers; short term reoters rank a few notches up, superseded by thestable population of summer residents; ancrfnally are the year-round locals; fewer than half of whom fish for lobster ir"inter. In the Carina, one of the grocery stores, summer is defined by the shuffle/of Tevas and / Birkenstocks across the pine floor. The store offers more than a hundred varieties of wine from California, France, Chile, and Australia. It is also, for those who must, the place to buy a New York Times or Wall Street Journal."There have been more confrontations over the last New York Times than anything else," says Ray Hydusik, who helps run the place. He indicates a sign: "If you can't enjoy the natural beauty of the island without the New York Times, the boat leaves at 12:30 and 4:30." Ray holds a definite opinion about day trippers. He dislikes them. Does he bite the hand that feeds him? It's not a blanket bias, he and son Kyle forage on Manana,a deserted isle a skiff ride away that helpsform Monhegan's harbor.