My time living & working on Mackinac Island has left me with a bizarre fascination with little islands. There are dozens of them on my list of places I want to go, scattered all over the world. There’s something intensely unique about an island. Each one is its own little world, especially if the only way to get to it is by plane or ferry.
I was also discussing plantations on Facebook this week. I admit that I think the houses themselves are really cool, and of course they’re interesting and important from a historical perspective, but they’ve been way over-romanticized. “Come have your wedding at this place that was built on the backs of slaves!” Yeah…no. Maybe people just can’t really connect with the slavery aspect as something that actually happened to actual people, I don’t know.
Speaking of historical perspectives, I hope all my teachers like the in-depth historical backgrounds of everything, because I can’t stop writing that way even when I’m supposed to be working in the present. Good thing I’m going into archaeology, they appreciate historical perspective.
I signed up for my LAST SEMESTER of classes! I’m taking Digital Archaeology in the fall and I’m REALLY excited about it. I also managed to test into second semester German, so my little bits of studying over the last few years actually got me out of a whole class!
Added to the Travel Map:
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Ellenton, FL – only plantation house left in Florida.
Ushant Island, France – westernmost point in France; also sheep, lighthouses, seafaring history, etc.
Hampi, India – ruins of Vijayanagara Empire’s capital, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hudson Highlands State Park, Cold Spring, New York – lots of hiking trails.
Cornish Estate Ruins, Cold Spring, New York – abandoned mansion in the woods.
Also apparently the Hudson River Valley is just packed with amazing ruins. I don’t know why I’m surprised, there’s already several of them on my travel list.