Saturday, August 23, 2014

By the Sea

When I see sunsets, I take photos! Lots of them! We recently spent some time in Rhode Island and we were blessed with perfect weather for the entire trip. Normally this time of year we experience very hot, humid weather in New England. The weather we had in RI was pleasantly perfect. (not hot, not humid, not cloudy, not get the drift.) Just perfect!

The first night we were there, my husband and I went looking for a nice place to eat dinner. Well, we could not find a place to park in town so we drove to a nearby town. We pulled into a parking lot of a restaurant that was pretty nearly empty. The place looked closed but we got out of the car to see if it was open. It was.

We were escorted to the outdoor seating area with a nice view. The waiter told us we were in for a beautiful sunset! That was all I needed to hear! I love sunsets!

I ordered codfish tacos and they were delicious. Once the sun began to set, we turned to watch. It was beautiful! The photos do not do it justice and those darn telephone cables were certainly annoying.

After we left the restaurant we returned to the hotel where we were staying. We sat on adirondack chairs that were facing the bay and the sky was still beautiful.

The next day we spent a lot of time walking around town.We ate our breakfast dockside. It would have been so pleasant except there was a woman seated behind us who was telling her life story to an elderly woman. She was not using her inside voice and most of what she was saying was not appropriate for the time or the place. (way, way too much drama and totally disruptive to our peace and quiet) Many of the other guests were annoyed with this woman's lack of decorum as well. We finished and moved on....

 My husband thought it would be nice to take a sunset cruise. So we made reservations to take a 7:00 cruise of  Narragansett Bay. At that point,  we were the only ones on the boat so the woman selling tickets asked us to call back later in the afternoon to make sure the boat would sail. They needed at least 10 people aboard or they would cancel the cruise. As luck would have it, there were more than enough people so we got our sunset cruise.

The boat apparently holds 100 passengers but when we checked in we were told that it was not going to be filled to capacity. The upstairs deck could seat 36 passengers and of course every seat upstairs was filled. A couple of people climbed to the top but did not have a seat and they were asked to sit downstairs.

It was comfortable enough to just sit and cruise but it was difficult to take good photos because everyone's head was in the way. The purely selfish side of me wanted to ask them all to bend over and place their heads between their legs or to take a seat on the lower deck where it wasn't crowded at all. Thankfully, the rational, reasonable and respectful side of me triumphed. To my knowledge I did not irritate anyone nor did anyone try to throw me overboard.

The tour guide began to talk to us, telling a few jokes, engaging the guests and breaking the ice. He asked how long people had been married and as it turned out we were one of the longest married couples on the boat. Almost 32 years! WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN? He said congratulations and told us we were in the minority. Then as we were pulling out of port, passing some pretty impressive sail boats and yachts, he asked how many of you have kids in college? Many hands were raised. He said, "if you took the money you are paying for tuition, you could buy one of these luxury boats." He then told the college kids, "See what your parents have given up for you?" LOL!

OK back to the sunset!

It was spectacular !

The wispy clouds were so beautiful!

Isn't the sun beautiful reflected on the water? 

Even after the sun disappeared beyond the horizon, the sky was still beautiful and provided a perfect backdrop to boats passing by. In this photo we were heading back in to port.

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and got to spend quite a bit of time near the water. Even on our last day there, we purchased our breakfast to go and found a beautiful spot to sit and eat by the ocean.

While we were sitting, we watched a woman assisting an elderly gentleman as he crossed the road behind us with his walker. I noticed the woman was carrying a beautiful bouquet of yellow and orange flowers. It took quite a bit of time for them to cross as he moved ever so slowly across the pavement. Cars stopped in both directions and patiently waited for the couple to cross.

They sat on a bench next to us for a bit and talked and laughed. Then the woman (who was quite a bit younger than he) got up with the bouquet of flowers and walked quite a distance to some rocks and it hit me that she was probably going to toss the bouquet into the water for the elderly gentleman who was too frail to make the short journey to the rocks.

She tossed the flowers into the ocean. I watched them as they bounced on the waves and headed out to sea, assuming that they were commemorating an anniversary either of a wedding or day of birth or death of someone he loved. I felt a little sad as I watched the flowers disappear out of my sight. I could not hear their conversation but the man seemed pleased that his gesture of love had been carried out.  It was very sweet, really.

As they got up to leave I was reminded of these lyrics from Sunrise, Sunset-- Fiddler on the Roof

Sunrise, Sunset.
Sunrise, Sunset,
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears.....
(lyrics by Sheldon Harnick)