Nantucket Travel Blog› entry 7 of 25 › view all entries
Had a really good day today seeing all the historic sites on the island with Sallie (a girl I met in the hostel from Ohio). We did it all on the bikes, was alot of fun and interesting - learnt lots about the island. Quite a few of the sights had guides, who were all real characters. Found out that a woman called Maria Mitchell grew up here and went on to become the first female astronomer and subsequently an activist promoting the education of woman.
Hostel life slightly wearing me down, got woken early again this morning (haven't slept past 7am since leaving Shelter Island) by the Girl Scouts...grrr!
Today went to Whaling museum completing the sightseeing tour and then went to exhibition called 'Gutsy Gals' about women from the island (particularly Maria Mitchell and other Quakers). I copied down this little rhyme (1855) because I thought it was funny...
"Then I'll haste to wed a sailor, and send him off to sea,
for a life of independence is the pleasant life for me...
I'll cry for his departure, then laugh because I'm free"
In the afternoon I headed for a beach to chill out. It really is beautiful here.