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We are heading to Connecticut today,October 22,2011.
Since check-out time at the campground in Rhode Island was at 10 a.m. and our drive to the next campground was less than an hour away and check-in time at the campground in Connecticut wasn’t until 3 p.m., Gary went to the campground office this morning to request a late check-out.
Gary returned with a favorable response – we could stay until 1 p.m.; however, there was a cost. Gary informed Buddy that he would have to marry the young park ranger in order for us to have a late check-out. Gary reassured Buddy that the young park ranger was cute. Buddy was not amused.
With a late check-out time, Belle and Buddy had time to cover several subjects and complete many assignments before our departure.
No one was ready to leave Fisherman’s Memorial State Park in Narragansett, RI, and everyone wished we were staying longer.
However, on a road trip adventure across the USA, it was time to hit the road again.
Our short drive to Connecticut was uneventful.
The skies threatened rain, but fortunately my Knight didn’t have to tow our big rig in the rain.
Gary and I found big rig friendly campground in East Lyme, CT. We are currently dwelling at Aces High RV Park.
As the name of this campground suggests, casinos are plentiful around here. Click here if you missed the post about Connecticut and Casinos.
After set-up was complete, we took our first walk around our new neighborhood.
We found the campground clean and spacious.
Aces High RV Park is surrounded by hills covered with trees sporting various fall colors. I was beginning to wonder if we would pass through the entire Northeast without seeing the colors of fall.
I suppose we can check off our first short-term goal for our road trip which was traveling through the Northeast in the Fall. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene stripped most trees bare before the leaves had a chance to showcase their fall colors.
With our first road trip goal met, I suppose our family needs a new goal . . .
I will keep you posted as I am able.
We do have free internet access at this campground. However according to our log-in instructions if we have excessive use of the internet, we may be restricted or removed from free access.
We are staying at Aces High RV Park for four nights,
so we’ll see what happens.
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Things to do in Narragansett, RI, include famed beaches, ferry docks, fishing hamlets, and famous people.
I wish Gary and I had planned more time in Rhode Island (we were trying to hit each New England state before meeting Gary’s brother and his family in Philadelphia.) Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of time in The Ocean State, but we didn’t waste a minute.
We didn’t waste a minute, but I didn’t take the time to list the beaches we visited in Rhode Island. However, I did take lots of pictures (even if I can’t remember where each picture was taken.)
The First Beach we visited in Rhode Island might have been:
Narragansett Town Beach
Scarborough State Park Beach
Roger Wheeler State Beach or
Salty Brine State Beach
At this beach, we watched two wind surfers,
searched for seashells by the seashore,
and combed the beach for sea critters. We found this . . .
From a historical fiction book, Belle thought we might have found a mermaid’s purse.
I will refrain from turning our beach outing into a biology lesson;
however, I will share with you that this find is an egg case for a skate,
which is commonly called a mermaid’s purse.
This find whetted our curiosity and led us on a research mission.
Our research mission turned into a week study of the difference Classes of fish.
We strolled the shoreline and found a fisherman’s trap.
While I kept watch for the fisherman, Gary checked the trap.
Neither we nor the fisherman trapped dinner for that night.
After Beach # 1, we drove to Station Point Judith.
We admired the view of Block Island Sound. We walked the piers and located Point Judith Ferry Dock,
which provides year-round ferry service to Block Island.
Before leaving this area, we drove through two nearby fishing hamlets just so we could say, “We’ve been to Galilee and Jerusalem (Rhode Island)!”
Then we drove to Beach # 2. We decided to stay awhile at this beach, because Belle and Buddy liked the surf better
at Beach # 2 than Beach # 1.
While Belle and Buddy built trenches and dams instead of sand castles and moats, Gary and I strolled the shoreline and enjoyed the view.
When Gary and I returned to Belle and Buddy,
we were surprised that they had made friends . . .
with two Corgis.
While the kids and dogs played, Gary and I talked to the owner of the Corgis. We exchanged everyday pleasantries and engaged in idle chit-chat. That is, until I complimented the owner of the Corgis on his voice –
a voice which I thought was made for radio. A simple compliment opened the door to this man’s life story.
This man with the voice for radio had once been a soap-opera star in California and a restaurant owner in New York City. In the City, he became involved in unsolicited dealings with the mob. Today, this man divides his time between an apartment in NY and a beach home in RI. Gary and I completely lost track of time as we learned more and more about this man.
As this man with a voice for radio walked away from us, I couldn’t resist snapping his picture.
We spent the entire afternoon at the beach. After we returned to our home on wheels, after dinner was made, eaten and the dinner dishes washed, Gary googled the name of the man from the beach. Gary confirmed the life story of the man with a voice for radio whom we happened to meet on beach in Rhode Island. Who knew a simple compliment would reveal so much??
I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of the beaches around Narragansett.
Our family certainly enjoyed our time along the shores of the Ocean State.
Until we meet again,
Today we visited Point Judith, RI. Our family of four enjoyed exploring the U.S.A. – one beach at a time.
We caught sea and wind fever at the windiest beach we encountered on our travels across America. I hope you enjoy your virtual time on Judith Point. We certainly did!
by John Masefield (1878-1967)
Click here if you would like to hear this poem as you scroll through the pictures.
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I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume and the seagulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and to the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.