From Nantucket we hopped back on the ferry and out a little farther on the Cape to Chatham, MA where my parents were renting a house for the week. I can sum up the few days in three words BEACH, FOOD, WINE. It was delightful! While we were there, Tom celebrated his 41st birthday. We went to Hyannis for some stand-up paddleboarding and paddled around the harbor for a few hours. We discovered that two paddleboards just fit in the Westy if we rotate the front passenger seat 90 degrees and put the back bench down. But that also meant that I had to sit up on the side cabinets jammed against the window for the ride from the rental shop to the beach. It was a short ride to the harbor thankfully. During the outing Tom decided to try and jump from his board to mine and swamped us both. Apparently from shore it appeared we were drowning, because a very nice man and his daughter sped over to us on their jet ski and asked if we were okay. Oops! Later that afternoon we went on a seal watch tour. The seals in Chatham are everywhere and it was pretty cool to get up close to groups of them. We saw a lot just cruising around in the water, but then we came up on a huge group "hauled up" on a sand bar at low tide. Very cool.
We also stopped by the Chatham Bars Inn, where Tom's sister Michelle and her husband were engaged! It's a truly impressive piece of property. We had a great time with my mom and dad and had some truly fantastic meals. We certainly were well fed for the trip back to Chicago!