Staying ACKtive on Island

Published by Robin Slick, March 31, 2020

Although islanders are mostly remaining inside, doing their part to help flatten the curve, we all know that getting outside for fresh air and exercise are important to maintain good physical and mental health. On the ACK, we are lucky to be surrounded by so much natural beauty with many walking trails, bike paths and stunning beaches to enjoy. As the weather begins to warm up and the days continue to get longer, here are ways locals are staying ACKtive, either on their own or with friends and family.

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Mark Budaj, ESCCI Nutrition Coordinator

Could you think of a better way to spend time outdoors? Mark Budaj has the right idea, driving around enjoying the sunny day, while helping those who are home-bound, by delivering meals. Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. (ESCCI) provides meals for individuals 60 years and over who are unable to leave their home or unable to prepare their own meals. If you would like to become a volunteer, check out the Wheels on Meals program in Nantucket.

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Ty & Hazel Herrick, Sankaty Beach Club

Nantucket is know for our many pristine beaches and in order to keep them that way, families have taken their kids to the beach to gather all sorts of debris. Cleaning up our beaches is a creative way to help our kids be more physically active while at the same time teaching them the importance of being good stewards of the environment. Younger kids, teens and the whole family can participate in this fun and rewarding ACKtivity. By the looks of it, Hazel's bag may even be bigger than her!  Some favorite beaches for families to explore are Madaket, Jetties and Children's. 

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Harrison & Sam Seeley adding to the pile at Sconset Beach

Forest Bell, Nantucket New School's History teacher, takes his daughters for a fun afternoon of skateboarding along the Milestone bike path. Seems like a perfect way to spend time together as a family while engaging in exercise. No bored kids here and lots of smiles!

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Lucy, Juliette and Forest Bell

Although gathering with friends is not recommended at this time, islanders are finding ways to still stay connected with each other outside. Many people are walking the trails at the Nantucket Land Bank and Nantucket Conservation Foundation properties. And of course they are keeping the appropriate distance. But how does getting on your motorcycle and hanging out with your friends sound?  A good way to switch things up a bit, especially on this bright sunny day and with others who enjoy the same passion. 

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Sherri, Bob and Jonny, stopping for a photo op at Jetties Beach

With Nantucket being an island and all, locals are taking advantage of the moderate temperatures this time of year, and are choosing ACKtivities like surfing and boating. At first glance, one might think, as I did, that large seals were in the water but as I got a bit closer, to my surprise, they were surfers. Looks like they are keeping 6 feet apart to me!

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Surfside Beach at Sunset, ridding the waves 

Exploring the harbor is another ideal way to get some fresh ocean air. Colin Evans, a local mason and life-long Nantucket resident, heads out on his boat with birds overhead, to have some quiet and reflective time on the water - his happy place.  Just going out for a boat ride to enjoy the smell of the ocean and to feel the breeze is all he needs.

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Hopefully, these ideas will help inspire you to get outside and to soak in some Vitamin D. While our office is closed, our agents and administrative staff are working on a remote basis and are here to answer any questions that may arise about the upcoming summer season.

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