Five For Vacation Week Friday!

We got home from Nantucket yesterday (Thursday) which means only one thing:  it's time to link up with Doodle Bugs for:

 In Nantucket we took a bus tour of the island.  We learned that the Macy, Folger and Starbucks families all came from Nantucket where they made their original fortunes from whaling.

 On the island, there's a very exclusive members-only golf club where President Bill Clinton was not allowed to golf because he needed to know a member to gain entry.  He did get to play during another visit because he found out that Theresa Heinz (wife of John Kerry) was a member.  Bill Gates also golfed at the same exclusive club where he never tipped his caddy.  When his caddy went off to college, he learned that his entire four year tuition was paid in full by Bill Gates.

 We also went to the Whaling Museum.  We saw models of whaling ships and whales.  Here's the right whale, the state marine mammal of Massachusetts:

Here's a model of a whaling ship:

One of the museum guides told us about this book that is being made into a movie by Ron Howard:

This book is a true story based on diary entries from a whaler on the ship.  Eventually, this diary fell into the hands of Herman Melville, and we all know what happened from there - Moby Dick!
My son, Andrew, and I went on a whale watch.  Whales are amazing animals.  We saw several sleeping whales, but we finally saw some feeding whales.  Check out Andrew's video:

I bought a book in a Nantucket book store.  The book was written and autographed by a local author:

There is a whole series of Barnaby books, and they have colorful and cheerful illustrations.

Tonight I started reserving my books for back to school.  I also went in to my class today to do more organizing and cleaning.  It's amazing how dirty the student chairs get.  I need to use a Magic Erase sponge to get the dirt off. 

Have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for reading my news!


  1. Hi Susan!
    Thanks for visiting my blog today! I loved the video of the whaling trip and all the fun facts about Nantucket! :) I hope next week goes well as you prepare for the kiddos! :)

    Laura K.

    Ms. Pretzel's Super 2nd Grade Bugs

  2. I love watching whales - a great place to visit. Happy back to school
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

  3. I loved the whale watching video and Nantucket facts; I've been on a lot of whale watching trips, but never there, a place I would like to visit. Wishing you a great school year!

    : ) Renee
    The Third Grade Learning Spot


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