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A Whale of a Museum

July 5, 2010

Hey guys!  Betcha can’t guess what we did this morning…

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We visited the Nantucket Whale Museum!  I’ve actually been to this museum before, back on my first (and only other) trip to Nantucket, but I was just a wee thing, so I really don’t remember any of it. 

The whale museum is pretty small, but really detailed and interesting.  It has a lot on the history of Nantucket, which I actually find really fascinating (nerd alert!), as well as, obviously, a lot of information on the Nantucket whaling industry.  Did you know that Moby Dick was based on the sinking of an actual Nantucket ship, The Essex, which was rammed by a sperm whale in 1820?  You do now!

They also had the 46 foot skeleton of a sperm whale that washed ashore New Year’s Eve of 1998.  They said that they thought the whale’s demise was caused by a rotten tooth that lead to infection…remind me to make a dentist appointment when we get back to PA.

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Finally, they had a special exhibit on the women of Nantucket through the centuries, called “Sometimes Think of Me:”

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During the 1800’s especially, the men would disappear for sometimes years at a time on whaling and shipping trips, and the women of Nantucket really were the heart and life of the island.  They were pretty strong to withstand the Nantucket winters, all on their own!

After nerding it up at the museum all morning, it was time for some lunch.  We hit up a local cafe for  sandwiches.

Ryan and I split a veggie wrap with cheese and a fresh veggie sandwich with avocado.  I also enjoyed some ginger slaw on the side—it was great! Really light with a strong ginger kick.

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After such a healthy lunch, something a bit unhealthy was well-deserved.  We stopped in at a place called the Juice Bar for some homemade ice cream.  I got a BIG scoop of cookies n’ cream in a waffle cup.  You know, I love gelato, but sometimes nothing beats good old-fashioned American ice cream on a hot July day. 

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Now that I have an ice cream baby in my belly, it’s time for a nap! See you tonight, kids!

PS—check out Kevin and Sophie:

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Look familiar?


Time to take a tiger snooze.  🙂

24 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2010 7:23 pm

    Haha! I love that picture of Kevin 😀

  2. July 5, 2010 7:32 pm

    That looks like a really neat museum! Your lunch looks amazing! Um, yeah, nothing beats good ol’ american ice cream on these hot days! Enjoy your snooze!

  3. July 5, 2010 7:38 pm

    I think he has a few weeks to go to get a beard like that.
    I don’t think I’ve ever been to Nantucket. But I’ve flown over it! I love the shape of the island

  4. July 5, 2010 7:52 pm

    Hmm what’s the difference between gelato and ice cream?
    Interesting sounding whale museum – I like whales 🙂

    • July 5, 2010 10:50 pm

      I think it has something to do with the fat? Not sure…I should google it!

  5. July 5, 2010 8:22 pm

    Ginger slaw? Must. Make. Imitation. Now. 🙂

  6. July 5, 2010 8:58 pm

    That veggie sandwich looks awesome – it’s so packed full of veg! And ice-cream is always a winner : )

  7. July 5, 2010 9:08 pm

    The whale museum sounds cool. I have to admit we watch Whale Wars each week on Animal Planet. I love the pciture of Kevin. So cute and familiar.

  8. July 5, 2010 9:50 pm

    Love seeing shots of Sophie, what a cutie!

  9. July 5, 2010 9:53 pm

    Hahaha that is too funny, I love “The Hangover”! Ice cream in the summer is as good as it gets, and this museum sounds really fun and interesting! (PS – I’m loving that striped shirt!)

    • July 5, 2010 10:51 pm

      Thanks! Forever 21 🙂 (even though I’m probably too old to shop there now)

  10. July 5, 2010 10:48 pm

    Ahh I LOVE Nantucket! I’m just getting caught up on your posts, and it’s making me nostalgic for when we used to spend the summers there. That sunset is gorgeous! And I love that Moby Dick piece of trivia. I’m such a nerd 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

  11. July 6, 2010 12:54 am

    I definitely went for a big cup of frozen yogurt after lunch today. It’s SO hot — something cool was definitely required! 😉 Love whales so that museum looks fab.

  12. July 6, 2010 1:12 am

    Cute post, and great pics…Nice blog too:)

  13. thehungryscholar permalink
    July 6, 2010 1:22 am

    That is just priceless. I would have loved that museum!

    I love when you nerd out.

  14. July 6, 2010 3:07 am

    Haha, The Hangover cracks me up everytime! Hilarious picture comparison!

  15. July 6, 2010 3:52 am

    “rammed by a sperm whale”–there is so much TWSS potential on that one 🙂

    Tofu press. I am lovin it! I feel like you…maybe my tofu will look as pretty as yours always does 🙂

    Enjoy your trip and your waffle cone finds…back in the day i loved me some waffle cones….mmmm goood!

  16. greensandjeans permalink
    July 6, 2010 5:05 am

    The whaling museum sounds cool! I love quirky historical places like that

  17. July 6, 2010 5:20 am

    I haven’t been to a museum in forever – how fun! Both of the veggie sandwiches look perfect – love the high veggie:bread ratio!

  18. July 6, 2010 12:14 pm

    Looks like a great day! I would love to get to Nantucket sometime!

  19. July 6, 2010 12:22 pm

    Do you guys ever stay home!?! I love your adventurous spirit!

  20. July 6, 2010 5:28 pm

    The wrap looks good and, mmmmm, ice cream. Lol at the baby pic! We just watched The Hangover again the other night, it never gets old.

  21. ATX Jen permalink
    July 9, 2010 2:29 pm

    I’ve always wanted to take a trip to Nantucket-anywhere ialong the Northeast coast, really. The history of that place is fascinating to me, so I totally get the museum appreciation 🙂

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