Traveling is a wonderful and fulfilling experience especially when it is to the island of Nantucket off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
My HAPPY PLACE!!
My family has been fortunate to travel to the island each summer for many years to enjoy the sun, sand and amazing people who make this place a number one travel destination.
My company The LOOK Book, (www.thelookbookhunt.com) began on Nantucket. The first book being The LOOK Book, Nantucket. I would probably not have had the courage or confidence to create and publish my first book if it was not for these amazing people. The small business owners on the island are a hearty bunch but they make Nantucket a special place with GREAT CHARACTER!!
That old saying “All good things must end” is appropriate here…with great sadness, I share the story of two business owners who closed up shop at the end of 2018 on the island of Nantucket.
The first being Loren, from The Toy Boat.
After over 30 years on the wharf in her brick and mortar store, Loren from The Toy Boat will close up shop and go exclusively online. (https://thetoyboat.com/)
Loren Brock is an inspiration to the children and the island community. “She aims to “live a life that was of some value of the community”, quoted from (http://yesterdaysisland.com/30-years-smiles-toys-laughter-toy-boat/.)
Loren taught the children the value of a dollar, literally 4 quarters and 10 dimes. Loren would patiently count out change and work with each child on math. Always taking a moment to enjoy each child and make them feel special.
Loren WILL absolutely be missed by children, families and marble collectors. Not to mention my family!! One of our fondest memories is the amazing hand made, toy boats which we collected to mark special occasions and family milestones.
We will all miss getting off the ferry and seeing The Toy Boat and knowing Loren is there with a hearty “Welcome Back” always happy to see us return. One more VERY IMPORTANT thing about Loren I feel compelled to share. She gave two of my children their first jobs. Not only did she employ two of my children but she gave them the love and confidence to step out and realize they have value. To Loren, I will be forever grateful for ALL you gave Victoria and Cory. With tears in my eyes, I say goodbye to The Toy Boat on the wharf and a piece of the island which made it home for us.
I move on to another icon from the island Sam from Nobby Shop was one of the first businesses to give me shelf space and advertise in The LOOK Book. Sam spent countless hours sharing his business knowledge and encouraging me. I am devastated he has closed up shop after 88 years on Main Street. Sam was always thinking of islanders with his sales and shoe selection.
The headline says it all “Nobby Shop closing signifies end of an era” …“ the beginning of August would turn parents’ thoughts to school shopping for their kids, and they’d make a beeline to The Nobby Shop on Main Street for new sneakers and loafers.” quoted from (https://www.ack.net/news/20180802/nobby-shop-closing-signifies-end-of-era)
Sam always had a smile and time to chat. He truly cared about his customers!!!
Sam and Loren you helped make the island feel like home we will all MISS YOU!!!
Stay Tuned for my next adventure to South Carolina…minus my daughter but traveling with 3 childhood besties:)
Safe Travels EVERYONE!!!
Well…Victoria leaves today for her last semester of college and then the EPIC Mother/Daughter trip will commence!
We have done a great deal of planning, “discussing” and learning…although we all know the learning is just beginning and there is still SO MUCH education that will take place beginning on June 1, 2019! (for those of you just tuning in this is the day we begin our journey)
SIX WEEKS on the road is a LONG TIME and very COSTLY!!!
Of course I did know it would be….but when planning it really hits home how expensive this trip is going to be.
My research has uncovered a possible way to make this trip more cost effective.
Since I have become a BLOGGER (What…wait??…really??) I thought I was just documenting this EPIC trip but I realize it is SO much more than an EPIC Mother/Daughter trip. THIS IS BUSINESS!!!
Help me make this Travel Blog PROFITABLE!!
I have had more activity on my website because of this EPIC Mother/Daughter Trip blog. I guess it is making an impact, so why not expand my blog reach and have it help pay for this EPIC Mother/Daughter trip?
I listened to one of those webinars…who say they are not selling anything but really are...this one did actually have good content. If you can get past all the pictures of their family trips. A family of 5 travels 150 days a year simply because the mother blogs. The Dad has even come on board to help run the business…sooooo I thought why not me!!? Can you tell they got me! (https://itsalovelylife.com/)
Now…Victoria of course needs to be on board because she will be a part of this blog…She already is, but now their will be pictures OH…she already has pictures on the blog. Well anyway…she is on board because she heard thing will be FREE.
Here is the beginning of the list of companies we want to collaborate with to get these items for FREE.
1. REI (tent, Yeti cooler, back packs, clothing and whatever else we have NO CLUE as to being necessary)
Think about it from REI’s perspective. Grab the FIRST TIME CAMPERS to try out their camping gear and discover the BEAUTY of camping! I would certainly follow a Mother of seasonable age and a 21 year old Daughter on their EPIC trip...Because lets be honest this is going to be VERY FUNNY!!!
I already discovered a savings by just LOOKing up this tent.
(REI Members get back an estimated $19.90 on this item as part of their member dividend.)
What do you think REI???
2. Bang’s Shoes: National Nomad HT
Just LOOK at these sneakers VICTORIA found. I want to give credit where credit is due!
We both want a pair so we can color in each state as we enter. HOW COOL is THIS?!?!
EPIC Mother/Daughter Shopping Trip!
Victoria does not return to school until late January, and on Friday afternoon we decided to go shopping for a new coat but ended up at REI shopping for a tent. YES…you read this correctly a
TENT…the thing you sleep in when you are camping. YES…I said camping. OMG!!! I am NEVER saying NEVER again!!! I really thought I would NEVER (Oh no I said the word…) go camping again. I really honestly thought Victoria would give up on this idea of camping and I would find some way to convince her “Glamping” would be a wonderful alternative. I discovered very quickly on our trip to REI, this camping thing she wants to do is a real deal! While LOOKing at tents feeling very unsure realizing HELP was needed we met Evan, a very knowledgable sales person. He was patient, kind, and more than willing to help. He listened to me (insert eye roll from Victoria HERE) because I do ramble a bit, and quickly realized “I” not “WE” needed coaching to survive this EPIC trip that apparently involves a lot of camping (edit by Victoria.) Fortunately Evan has taken many trips very similar to the route we would be taking while camping.
I give my girl credit, while listening to Evan I realized how much Victoria has planned and prepared for how this trip will unfold. Evan shared pictures of the scenery we would enjoy and talked about the snow covered mountains and we would need at least a 20 degree sleeping bag. WHAT???? SNOW??? Ok, its June so it didn’t even occur to me I would be camping in areas with possible snow and cold. WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO???? An EPIC adventure for sure!!!
I have decided to embrace the camping and have begun my research. Thankfully Evan shared campsites can be tricky and arriving early for “walk-ins” would be important. I decided making reservations would be crucial, because getting there early in the morning with our itinerary will not always be possible. On returning from our shopping trip I used Google and have begun the process of learning about camping.
Here is what I learned…
1. The website www.recreation.gov is an amazing resource.
2. Camping is WAY LESS EXPENSIVE.
3. Bear Safety.
“How do we plan ahead for bear safety in a Yellowstone campground?
Proper food storage is the most important precaution you can take to avoid a bear encounter in a Yellowstone campground. Be sure to store any food in a locked vehicle or in a provided Bear Box.” (Yellowstone NPS Website)
Evan had mentioned “DA Bears", which I will admit is a little scary but “Be Prepared” is taking on new meaning in my life with the idea of camping. He also said bears know cars have food. I think Yellowstone needs to update this information.
4. An Annual Pass for the National Parks is only $80.00 and it covers both Victoria and I, “all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person” AND… “Entry To 2,000 Federal Recreation Sites”
5. I found the pass and many other travel suggestions on:
Let me just be very clear… I am NOT camping the entire trip!! Our EPIC drink cups!
Let me just be very clear… I am NOT camping the entire trip!!
Map VS. GPS
It is very interesting planning a trip with a millennial
Definition: millennial usually considered to apply to individuals who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century. ... consisting of individuals born between 1982 and 2004.
When do our children REALLY become adults???
OK…back to planning with a millennial…Map VS. GPS.
I LOOK at a map and think out our trip based on the locations we pass through, may stop, have lunch or visit. My daughter, Victoria is thinking Point A to Point B and the GPS will get us there who needs to know or cares about the in between.
LIFE is a JOURNEY enjoy the RIDE!!!
LIFE is a JOURNEY enjoy the RIDE is a phrase my children often hear me say and I have posted in my house.
We all want to plan but things change and better to enjoy than to stress. Besides you just might learn something to make life better!
OK…back to planning with a millennial…Map VS. GPS.
I will admit I did use Google Maps to determine the mileage and hours spent driving. I would then expand the map to see the surrounding areas and how they relate to each other. I am really not sure Victoria has done the same?? Although she does have a giant map of the United States on her wall to map out our trip. Which I gave her:) However dots and lines indicate the locations and point A to B To C but not the roads, mileage or additional stops along the route we might enjoy.
Here is a question to ponder...am I stressing about the trip by LOOKing at where we stop between point A and Point B? Or is it better to just have the GPS take us and see what happens??
We have both determined in our own way with great detail our trip duration should last about 6 weeks. June 1, 2019 and returning July 14, 2019.
I will say our communication is improving with every “discussion.”
I am LOOKing at this as a team effort!!
I am a self published author and creator of 'The LOOK Book' a series of scavenger hunts in book format. I am a Mom of three children and divide my time between Acton MA and the island of Nantucket.