Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Assateague Island Treasures

Despite many RV challenges and expenditures in the last 5 days, Martha, Jake and I have arrived at Assateague Island.  What a wondrous place. Wildlife everywhere. Deer that are completely unafraid of humans, beautiful egrets, seabirds of all descriptions and wild horses everywhere (and so is the wild horse crap).

We are just beginning to explore this beautiful place. It's a wondrous place which explains the park's popularity. Once again, it seems that off season visits are the thing to do here. As we gain knowledge of the area I will post more photos and more information about the Island.

The photos below need no explanation  Enjoy.

  (Click on the photo for a larger photo slideshow)

Horses feeding on the marsh grass

Sunset at the Beach

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bound for Assateague Island off the coast of Maryland

Hello all,

Just a note to let everyone know that today is a travel day. We will be Wally-Docking tonight and then continue to Assateague Island on Monday.  Since we are unsure whether we will have internet  there (conflicting reports in the reviews) you may not hear from us for five days. Thanks for reading our blog and be sure to pass along our blog address (www.wanderingtootsies.blogspot.com) to other RV enthusiasts.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Rhode Island Sightseeing - North Kingstown and Wickford

Chuck and I spent a few days wandering around Rhode Island this week, just seeing what we could see.  We mixed in a little genealogy research/cemetery walks and a little mead tasting (and, of course, food tasting) along the way.

On Friday, we traveled to North Kingstown to do some cemetery research.  First, of course, we had to eat, so I found a nice little cafe in Wickford (a village in North Kingstown) to eat at.  Sadly, the cafe was closed - apparently permanently - so we walked across the street to eat at the Tavern by the Sea.  It was a bit pricier than the cafe's online menu, but it had nice outdoor seating and (for those near the edge of the deck), a nice view of the bay.  Chuck ate their lobster bisque and Reuben sandwich, while I had their gyros.  The food was moderately okay, but nothing to write home about.  Chuck did get some entertainment from watching the birds at the bird feeder next door.

View from my seat
After lunch, we headed to Elm Grove Cemetery, a 60 acre cemetery in North Kingstown that was founded in 1851, but has many older headstones, as many family plots and private cemeteries had their graves moved here as land was sold and developed.  We found the graves I was looking for -- along with a few more people I can add to the family tree.  Found a few more Nichols intermingled with the other families in the tree.  Eventually, I will figure out which Nichols family my ancestors came from.

After the cemetery walk, we went by the North Kingstown Town Beach.  Did you know that Google Maps remembers what you type and will prompt you when you start typing? I only had to type the letter "b" to get prompted with "beach near me."  We didn't have the $10 permit to park there, but I don't think they were enforcing it this late in the season.  The grassy park area was very nice, but the beach was pretty sad.  It's on the bay and the narrow strip of sand had seaweed strewn all over it.  The park was getting used, though, as a number of people were taking a siesta in the park.

We went back to Wickford Village and decided to drive around a bit.  From a sign at the marina, we found that there was a historic walking tour.  Chuck wasn't up to walking, so we drove around instead.  We found that Wickford Village is one of the first villages in Rhode Island, and has a large number of historical buildings.  Most are still in use as private residences. 

The houses were all in pretty good condition.  

I even found the perfect little cottage, where I would love to live, if I ever stop being a vagabond.

It wasn't all beautiful and pristine, though.  We ran across this lovely boat in someone's front yard.

After Wickford, we traveled north to Smith's Castle.  We had missed the last tour for the day, but got some pictures of the outside.  Smith's Castle was built in 1678 by Richard Smith, Jr., the son of an original settler who had run the trading post here.  It is now used as a museum and an event center.

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's October!

And we are still in Rhode Island.  New England is still amazing and enchanting, but we're starting to feel the chill....nights have been in the 40's and the abundant shade at our campground has gone from a great thing to not so great, since the sun never quite gets here to warm us up.

The leaves here are quickly changing over from green to yellow and red.  And dark is coming way to early in the evening.  We're starting to see why they close mid-October and don't open back up until April.

Four weeks in to our Rhode Island adventure, we're starting to venture out a little.  We went to southern Massachusetts last week, just to wander around and see what we could find.  Tomorrow we're going to Boston and then to southern Maine on Thursday.   It's not enough, but it's what the budget and the time we have will allow.  I still hope to get to Cape Cod before we leave.

I've absolutely LOVED the beaches.  Because we arrived after Labor Day, all of the bad things were already gone.  No crowds.  No parking fee.  Dogs..meh...okay.  No lifeguards, but I never get in deeper than my knees, so no biggie.  So we've had beaches with few other people around...a few big waves thanks to the hurricane that thankfully missed us by "that much"....and fabulous views of blue, blue, blue ocean.

Newport Harbor
Oh, and I have to give two thumbs up to all of Rhode Island to date.  Beach bathrooms are closed, but they all have porta potties in their parking lots.  That are CLEAN!  And have hand sanitizer!  AND TOILET PAPER!!!!!!!!!!   If I had more than two thumbs, I'd give them more than that.  I love that this state realized people need to pee and allows for it!  That goes for the cities, as well.  We spent yesterday in Newport and there were public restrooms galore, as well as benches to sit on.  It's like they planned for tourists!

Our favorite surprise spot is the Narragansett Cafe in Jamestown.  We stopped in after our visit to Beavertail State Park for dinner, and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the atmosphere.  We stopped again yesterday evening after our Newport trip (because the pub in Newport had football on so loud it nearly broke my eardrums).  The Narragansett had a blues band playing to a packed house at 5:30 in the afternoon.  The dance floor was full of 60 to 70-something's dancing like they were still 16.   If we didn't have a dog at home and a 30 minute drive, we probably would have stayed longer.  We may try to go back next Sunday to see it all again!

Paella and crab cakes
The food has been amazing.  Expensive, but amazing.  Our grocery and dining out expenses were seriously over budget, despite our attempts to do better.  We limited our eating out and actually cut back to 2 meals a day on most days.  But the grocery stores have things that we can't normally find...like goat gouda!  And GOOD gluten-free cookies and bread.    I hate to say it, but I miss Sam's Club and Wal Mart for the prices.

My only other gripe about Rhode Island, other than the price of everything, is the speed at which these people drive.  It seems like the speed limits are artificially low, but everyone drives 15-20 mph over the speed limit.  We try not to do that, as a speeding ticket is definitely NOT in the budget.  But we get tailgated constantly.   It makes driving around less enjoyable than it should be.

Oh, speaking of driving around....our driving experiences have shown us that although it LOOKS wooded and rural, much of our area of Rhode Island is populated with houses set back really far from the road...with trees between the house and the road.  So it feels like you're driving through the woods, but there are really people back there....who zoom out and drive 20 mph over the speed limit!

I'm going to be sad to leave, but am looking forward to going south and seeing more beaches!

We may be back next year, we'll see.

The Beaches of Rhode Island - A Video Compilation

Martha are still in Rhode Island and enjoying every day of it. Today is a down day as Mondays for us usually are. Since I have a "down" day I've taken the time to finish up a video of the beaches we've visited here in R.I.  We've been to Beavertail State Park and Lighthouse, Blue Shutter Beach, Misquamicut Beach, Charlestown Town Beach, Salty Brine Beach and Narragansett City Beach.   Enjoy!  

Oh, and PLEASE take the time to comment on how were are doing!  (mainly because I think the comment link is messed up. Someone please try it. Thanks.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Beavertail State Park and Lighthouse - Jamestown, Rhode Island

September 22, 2017

Beavertail State Park and Lighthouse - Jamestown, Rhode Island

Once in a while you get lucky.  Today we decided to take a drive to Beavertail State Park on the recommendation of a friend. The sea, what a beautiful and unforgiving place. How it makes man seem so insignificant and so adventurous at the same time.

What follows is a photographic journey of the beautiful place called Beavertail State Park and Lighthouse.  Walking the shores as we gaze into the open Atlantic feeling the the joy and unrelenting power of the ocean. 

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Jamestown, R.I. as we pass on our way to the park

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.” 
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Look at that sea, girls--all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. 
We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and 
ropes of diamonds.” ― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

“I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground 

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” ― William James

“hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky 
let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic...” ― Van Morrison

“The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea.” 
― James JoyceUlysses

“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.” 
― Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too”  - Vincent van Gough, The letters of Vincent van Gough

“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.” 

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.” 

“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that as as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it's audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands. It had a playful side too, as it enjoyed the crowd, tossed the children about, knocked lilos over, tipped over windsurfers, occasionally gave sailors helping hands; all done with a secret little chuckle” 

“He: "Whale you be my valentine?" She: "Dolphinitely.” ― Adam Young

“Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.” 

“Darwin may have been quite correct in his theory that man descended from the apes of the forest, but surely woman rose from the frothy sea, as resplendent as Aphrodite on her scalloped chariot.” 
― Margot DatzA Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids

"Martha is my Mermaid"

My mermaid who is so at ease with the ocean, her mood lightens as she makes the motion, see there, that's ocean. A single gaze of the blue green water reliably brings a small smile to her lovely face and without fail she lets out a relieved and joyous sigh that accompanies any seascape smile. The sea makes her happy so surely she must be a Mermaid. With the water lapping at her toes sheer joy returns to her face and her gentle soul.  As she loosens her sandals and puts her feet in the sand a childlike strut appears in her gate and I know my Mermaid has returned to her estate.

Martha the love of my life

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.

[Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14 1962]” 

“Ocean separates lands, not souls..”  ― Munia Khan

“Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.” ― John SteinbeckTortilla Flat

“and I shall watch the ferry boats, and they'll get high, on a bluer ocean against tomorrow's sky. and i will never grow so old again, and i will walk and talk, in gardens all wet with rain...” ― Van Morrison

“I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me.  The sea.” ― Gary PaulsenCaught by the Sea

“I was happy anywhere I could see the ocean.” ― Ai YazawaNana, Vol. 18

'Cause I want to be there,I want to go back down and lie beside the sea there.
With a tin cup for a chalice. Fill it up with good red wine,
And I'm-a chewin' on a honeysuckle vine. Jimmy Buffett - Tin Cup Chalice

The quotes used in this post were taken from: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/sea

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