Helen Keller wrote The Story of My Life when she was in her early twenties. During the early part of her life, Helen stayed busy. When she was not in school, she travelled with Miss Sullivan. They went to Niagara Falls, New York City, Nova Scotia, and many other places. Another memorable time in her life was when Helen "visited the World's Fair with Dr. Alexander Graham Bell." She enjoyed being able to experience the wonders of the fair through touch.
She also had many hobbies. Helen considered her "favourite amusement... [to be] sailing" in the summertime. She spent a summer in Halifax, and she enjoyed sailing in the Halifax Harbour and on the Bedford Basin. In the wintertime, Helen enjoyed going tobogganing. She was filled with joy when she was "plunging through drifts, leaping hollows, swooping down upon the lake..., [and shooting] across its gleaming surface to the opposite bank." Helen loved spending time out in nature. She enjoyed going into the garden and touching the flowers and plants.