Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Walking and Whaling: Day 3 on Nantucket

 On our last full day on Nantucket we went on a self-guided walking tour with the assistance of a sheet of paper with walking directions on it that we got at the hotel. We were able to navigate our way pretty well. I really should have brought better shoes than my sandals for all the walking (and biking) we did!

I liked this whale weathervane that was near our room.

Yummy hot chocolate at breakfast

The walking tour took around two hours. The first site was the Oldest House, which we had stopped at on our bike ride the day before, but this time we got to walk around and explore the grounds. If it weren't for COVID, we would have been able to tour the inside too. Next time!

Back of the house

On the ghostwalk the night before, the Oldest House was one of the stops and the guide showed us a picture that someone had taken years ago in front of the house at this angle that captured a ghost on film in the foreground. I tried for myself, but no ghost for me. 

A big old tree. The oldest tree? Probably not.

The boys would have a lot of fun climbing this. I'd have a lot of fun climbing this!

These were some houses and views that I liked during our walk, but pretty much the whole walk was full of beautiful views.

This was the home of a member of the Starbuck family, one of the early families on the island. Yep, those Starbucks, of the eponymous coffeehouse chain.

Thomas Macy's house (of Macy's department stores)

This reminded me of Philadelphia's elegant federalist style.

I loved all the flags! πŸ’–πŸ€πŸ’™

An old mill with a really big flag

😍 I love picturesque windowboxes! 😍

A pretty little porch

An old cobblestone alleyway. This is one of the things I like about Nantucket--how well they've preserved things from the past like this.

One of the little treats that was on our self-guided tour was this ancient little walkway that was appropriately called "Stone Alley."

We made it back to downtown, where we went to the bookstore (Mitchell's Book Corner, which I liked better than Nantucket Bookworks) to get a few things and ate lunch, then went back to the hotel to rest a bit before our next outing.

We spent most of the rest of the afternoon at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, which was really well done.

Sperm whale skeleton

There was a lot more than what I took pictures of (lots of great history and artifacts about the island and its people and about how whaling was done), but these were a few things that caught my eye.

A pretty handmade dresser

A fun keepsake πŸ˜„

After the museum we did a little bit of shopping. Look at these owls! I ended up getting one of the smaller ones. I like their horseshoe stands. Wisdom and good luck are an unbeatable combination!

The second platter of treats delivered to the room, this time on the correct day! πŸ˜‹

We walked downtown (again!) for dinner. I wanted to eat at Brotherhood of Thieves, a historic old restaurant that I ate at the last time I was on the island. Unfortunately they were only doing outdoor seating because of COVID so we didn't get the historic surroundings of the inside, but it was better than nothing!

I ordered this berry cobbler for dessert and it was delicious.

I'll always have a soft spot for teddy bears. 

Views on the walk back to the hotel. I envisioned this B&B as a good setting for a mystery for some reason. 

This old house was cool. It looked like it had trees growing out of it. I'm pretty sure it was a rental. There was a car with Utah plates in the driveway and one time when we went past the people came out and I wish I'd asked if they were members of the Church or not. I'm sure people from Utah get that a lot from us far-flung members!

The Nantucket

We did SO MUCH walking on this trip. We went for one more walk that day, this time to Jetties Beach. It took about twenty minutes or so to get there and we walked back in the dark, but it was worth it.

The sun would be setting soon on my thirties! 

When we got back to the hotel we sat on the chairs outside of our room for awhile talking and I saw a shooting star! What a special way to wrap up a memorable day. 🌠