Siasconset Part 2

On Sunday, I rode a bike out to the Nantucket Shipwreck & Life Saving Museum. It’s along the Polpis Road bike path, the nicest path on the island, in my opinion. Some sections of bike paths on Nantucket are nothing more than blacktop sidewalks alongside a road that barely provide enough space for two bikes to pass.  But the Polpis Road path is wide and set far off from the road. Plus the ride is very scenic.

The museum is small, but I got a tour from a friendly gentleman who used to work aboard the Nantucket Lightship. Hence the name, the ship was a floating beacon that warned boats about the many shoals around the island. The last lightship was taken out of service in 1983 and was bought on eBay for $125,000 in 2000. It underwent a pricey renovation and was made into a luxury charter boat and was featured on one of my favorite TV shows “Amazing Vacation Homes.” Last I heard, the owner was trying to sell it for $8 million. The museum, which recently was expanded, had a few artifacts from lifesaving groups that preceded  the Coast Guard. Some of the practices seemed far-fetched, but apparently they worked.

I only planned to ride to the museum and back, but since I was about three-fourths to Sconset and I liked the bike path so much, I kept going to the easternmost end of the island. My legs are still mad at me four days later.

One of Nantucket's farms was along the route. Yes, there's still farms on one of the priciest islands in the U.S.

One of Nantucket's farms was along the route. Yes, there's still farms on one of the priciest islands in the U.S. thanks to land conservation efforts.

There's also cranberry bogs.

There are also cranberry bogs.

The flowers were in full bloom in Sconset.

The flowers were in bloom in Sconset.

It's probably not the best idea to let flowers grow on historic homes, but it looks nice.

It's probably not the best idea to let flowers grow on historic homes with all the moisture and bugs they bring, but it looks nice.

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I traveled the not well advertised Sconset Bluff Walk, which cuts through the backyards of multimillion-dollar homes at the crest of a bluff that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

I traveled the not well advertised Sconset Bluff Walk, which cuts through the backyards of multimillion-dollar homes at the crest of a hill that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

A wealthy family's route to the beach.

Private route to the beach.

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View from the beach. The path is shorter than it used to be because some homes are falling into the ocean. Literally.

View from the beach. The path is shorter than it used to be because the bluff is eroding, sending some homes into the ocean.

The Moors, in the center of the island, looks like the Serengeti so the land conservation organization decided to have some fun with it.

The Moors, in the center of the island, resembles the African Serengeti so the land conservation organization decided to have some fun with it with wooden animal cutouts.

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3 responses to “Siasconset Part 2

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