Thursday, August 03, 2006

Five Dollars and A Clean Shirt: Nantucket Day Trippers

When I first began travelling to Nantucket, back when God was a boy, a saying about Day Trippers, those who rode the ferry over to the island in the morning and returned in the evening, was "they bring five dollars and a clean shirt and change neither."

Let me tell you what a day trip to Nantucket cost yesterday.

S.O. took our breakfast wishes list to a famous donut chain. They somehow screwed up the order big time, no sugar donuts, no glazed donute, no crullers. They also seriously undercharged for the order. S.O. gathers wool big time in checkout lines and didn't notice any of the errors until we opened the box.
Breakfast 12.50 (takeout from donut shop)
Ferry tickets for 3 adults and 1 child 98.00
Parking for ferry: 12.50
Admission to whaling museum: 53.00
Lunch: 150.00 (including tip) O.K., we had lunch at a nice place and sat in the garden. Grapeshot does not go to swank islands and eat greasy pizza. In fact, Grapeshot does not eat greasy pizza. There was 2 wines, 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, 2 desserts and 3 coffees. Go figure.
Snacks 15.00
1 child's sweat shirt, 1 child's hat, 1 child's t-shirt at Kiwi Clothing: 76.00 This didn't look like a pricey place. Think I would have paid it anywhere on the island. No sales the first week in August.

Total price of day trip: $417.00. Add another 8 dollars for gas. $425.00.

Zowie. A clean shirt and five dollars. Those were really the good old days.

Who takes a trip can tell a tale.



1 comment:

Michael Wagner said...

Just saw your blog featured on the homepage of Technorati. Looks like you are off to a good start.

This posting caught my attention because I just finished reading the new book on the Pilgrims called Mayflower.

I envy the fact that you are so close to where those historic events took place. But now wonder if I would have the money needed to see them all! Grin.