Coming to America

Yesterday marked one full week of me being in Nantucket. It’s been very fun getting to know my home for the summer, and I think I’ll go ahead and make the call that I’m happy to be here.

One of the highlights of my week was when most of the interns went on a bike tour of Nantucket. We started in town and visited an iconic lighthouse, the oldest house in Nantucket, the country’s oldest working wind mill, and ended at the Cisco brewery.

Throughout the ride my bike kept making this horrible squeaking noise, so my plan for tomorrow is to take it in to be repaired (I think it just needs oil, but the repair shop is on the way to the beach and I get a few freebies). I was going to go today, but it is amazingly windy. I think we’re getting the tail end of a tropical storm.

So yesterday I ran an exciting errand for mma into Hyannis. We needed to return CPR dummies to the Red Cross, and nobody wanted to do it. I figured a full day of travel was something I could easily handle, and decided to take on the job.

In Nantucket, they call going to the mainland “going to America,” which I found pretty funny. So I got onto the ferry and spent a day in rainy America. Lucky me, I chose a day with stormy weather to hop on a boat.

Hyannis is a cute little town. I stopped in at a cafe with a good book for most of the day, but when I wasn’t doing that I of course took a peak at the shops on Main Street. Down by the water they had a park with little huts set aside of artists to sell their wares during the summer. I thought that was really cool, and decided to support an artist by getting myself some earrings. It was a hardship I was willing to bare.

Today I have the day off, but it’s too windy to hop on my bike and explore too much. I think I’ll walk into town and see a movie — I have been told I MUST see iron man 3, so I guess I’ll do it.

Jessica Finally Gets to the Beach!

I did it! after several days of threatening to go, I finally made it to the beach. It was well worth the half hour bike ride, even though my bike has developed the most annoying tendency to squeak whenever the wheel turns. I’m getting that fixed tomorrow, hopefully.

Today was my third day working at Maria Mitchell, which seems to be a really cool place. On Monday all the interns were given tours of the natural history museum, vestal street observatory (there’s a second one I haven’t been in yet), and Maria Mitchell’s historical house. All were really fun, and I still haven’t even seen the aquarium, which is sure to be a personal favorite.

For those of you that don’t know much about Maria Mitchell, here a few quick things of note. Maria (pronounced Mariah) was born on Nantucket in 1818, and was a Quaker. Because Quakers believed in equality of the sexes, Maria was educated through her teens, and went on to become America’s first female astronomer. She discovered a comet, was Nantucket’s first librarian, and a professor at Vassar. She did a lot of really amazing things in her time to promote education and science, and after she died her family created the Maria Mitchell association in her honor, in order to carry on her legacy of science education.

So that’s where I work. Pretty cool, if I do say so myself. I can’t wait to learn more about the history of both Maria and the island (moby dick) is based on a ship from Nantucket – gotta move that one to the top of the reading list!). Otherwise, I don’t have much to report. My power charger for my computer shorted out, so I’ll update the blog from my phone for now (which means fewer pictures).

In summary, here are a few pictures I snapped on my walk to work today. I especially like the house with the pink door.