Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Some Sun and Ocean Therapy

A week and a half ago we packed up and headed to Rhode Island to visit my daughter. We explored Newport, Jamestown and Middletown, Rhode Island. It was a very full three days of walking, hiking, shopping, dining out and just taking in the scenery.

We arrived on Sunday. When we left NH, it was a stormy day, windy and rainy with reports of trees down in area towns. By the time we arrived in Rhode Island, the stormy weather was over and it was beginning to clear. As you can see in the photos above, the sky was still gray and the sea was still a little angry but it was a beautiful sight. The sound of the waves crashing into the rocks and seawall was deafening but exhilarating!

The next morning we picked up our daughter at 8 am and accompanied her to an ice rink so she wouldn't miss her ice time. I have not watched her skate in a long while so it was a nice treat for me. 

After skating, we went to Fort Wetherhill and walked the trails and side trails that led us to some beautiful overlooks of the ocean. The photo of the sailboat (above) is one of my favorites. 

Fort Wetherhill has some very interesting history and if you are a history buff you can read some more about it here. It was a coastal defense battery and dates back to the Revolutionary War. I did not realize this while we were there. I had only known that it was used during World War II.

The fort itself is not in very good shape and sadly it is covered in grafitti but it was interesting to walk around this sprawling fortification. 

In the same park, we found another lovely spot/beach that we spent some time exploring. We found a horseshoe crab on its back with legs flailing but unable to turn over. My daughter picked it up and moved it to a safer spot in some shallow water over by a large rock. 

As if the scenery was not absolutely perfect already for snapping photos, sailboats passed by and it was absolutely breathtaking. We were alone except for a handful of scuba divers in the water.  I felt as though I was standing in my own personal, private lagoon..... or or the other!

After leaving this spot (and I really never wanted to leave) we drove into Jamestown for lunch. We sat outside and enjoyed the view of more water, boats and all the happy activity one would find in a small town situated on an island.  We thoroughly enjoyed our taragon chicken wraps and gobbled them up after our morning of hiking and exploring.

Next on the agenda, was a visit to Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum.  This lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse in the country. (click here to visit website
I am so glad we fit this into our trip, it was stunningly beautiful and I think I took over a hundred photos here. You can see me in the bottom photo clicking away on my cell phone camera.

The history of the lighthouse is very interesting which you can read about at their website if you are so inclined. There is also an aerial video of the lighthouse taken by a drone on their sidebar.

Such beauty!

After our lighthouse visit we headed to Newport and did a little shopping and walked around downtown. Later we headed to some beaches thinking we would find them crowded. They were fairly empty which was surprising because it was still warm and sunny on the beach.

I wasn't kidding when I said that the beaches were fairly empty. We ran into one couple walking their dogs and another family playing frisbee on the beach.

The next morning, after a large, delicious breakfast in Middletown, RI, we headed over to Sachuset Point National Wildlife Refuge. Click here to visit their website. 

We hiked a 3.1 mile trail along the shoreline in perfect summer weather. It was early enough that it wasn't too warm, you could see the ocean and hear the waves, there was a lovely floral scent as we walked and birds were singing such happy songs. Seriously, these were some of the happiest birds I have ever seen or heard! The trees and bushes were a frenzy of activity!

I could walk here every day!!!!! It really was a paradise! No wonder the birds were so happy!

After our hike, we were dying of thirst so we went back to Newport, grabbed ourselves some cold water and did a little shopping. Then we headed downtown for lunch. We sat on the restaurant's porch which had a very nice view of the water and docks. We enjoyed a nice, leisurely lunch 

The last thing on our to do list was visit one of the mansions. We did the Elms last December. It was magnificent, decorated so beautifully for Christmas. It was a self guided tour and we saw a lot of the house. Link to the mansions website. It was simply elegant inside!

This time we decided to see Rosecliff. It was a guided tour but overall I was a bit disappointed that we didn't seem to see as much with this tour. The outside of Rosecliff is beautiful. The grounds were absolutely amazing and it's backyard had a huge oceanfront view. The Great Gatsby as well as some other movies were filmed here. 

My favorite room inside was the ballroom. I think the tour guide said that it measured 40' x 80'. It opened to a beautiful veranda, lush grounds, a fountain and of course the ocean view. Can you imagine the extravagant social events that went on here during the late 1800's and early 1900's?

Well that pretty much wraps up our visit to Rhode Island. It took us nearly four hours to get home because traffic was bumper to bumper for almost the first hour on the road. I had trouble keeping my eyes open on the ride home so I snooozed here and there. The combination of sun, walking, hiking and very early rising knocked me right out! We enjoyed our visit with our daughter and look forward to the next trip!

Enjoy the rest of the week friends!