Today was one of my FAV days of the trip. Who am I kidding, I think every day was my favorite day, but this was different. This was like being in a magical fairyland within a storybook kind of favorite day. Where did we go for the day?
N A N T U C K E T
Hopped on an hour speed ferry early in the morning and arrived on the island just off of Cape Cod. It was cold and rainy, but you know what? It was beautiful. You almost want to ask yourself, "Is this real life?," but then you just know. It is. And we have an adventure ahead of us.
We walked across the cobblestone center which is basically a homeland for Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pullitzer, and all the preppy-ness you have ever laid your eyes on. We decided to grab a coffee and tour the streets before lunch. The stores were charming and I wanted to buy every souvenir I touched because...it's NANTUCKET. Right?!
Ate lunch at Brotherhood of Thieves per a recommendation from a local. It was warm and cozy, but seemed a little too touristy for our likings.
We headed to the bike shop to grab our tandem bike (James' idea). Given a map to the lighthouse across the island, and we were off. Welp, it was challenging to say the least. I think I had tears not even a mile into the trip on this freaking tandem bike. Why you may ask? Because it's wobbly with two people. Because I literally have no control of where we were going (and I have control issues). Because James is 100x more adventurous than I am and likes to push himself. And I was on the back of his bike. Because I am a scaredy cat. Because there was a sign in the bike shop about a boy who was life flighted to the hospital because he hit his head on the cobblestone from being on his skateboard without a helmet. We didn't have helmets.
But you know what? On the way there it was like we were riding through Ireland. I've never been to Ireland, but I can imagine it looks similar. Foggy, grassy, rolling hills with sprinkles of dreamy homes. I never pictured Nantucket to look like this, but it was breathtaking. We biked 9 miles to the lighthouse on that tandem bike and made it to the quaint, itty bitty town of Sconset, Nantucket.
Made it to the lighthouse after speaking with several people on how to get to the trail - but we made it! You know what happened to the weather once we (I) overcame the bike ride and we (James) overcame the frustration of the lighthouse trail that didn't exist? The gray, rainy skies LITERALLY cleared and the suns warmth came out to give us the sweetest lesson. And it was beautiful!!!
Biked 8 miles back on a different path, fingers crossed that this was taking us back to our starting point. James was dying from being on the bike for so long. Lots of rubbing in places for 17 miles. hahah! WE. DID IT. Dropped off the (freaking) bike and walked another mile to a place we past biking out of town. Lola Burger. Highly recommend. Such a cute and non touristy place to eat.
Then we tried to walk back to town as quickly as possible to see if we could get on the next fairy. Made it back to Hyannis to sleep, pack, and leave in the morning for P-Town.
Nantucket, I love you.