Days 278 – 283

Fabulous Fall Weekend:)
We love having visitors and exploring New England with our family and friends. This weekend Claire & Caroline came in town for a quick 48-hour trip. We packed as much into two days as we possibly could.

We stayed up until 2AM Friday night/Saturday morning talking. We women can do that easily. Then we headed out Saturday morning to a harvest festival in southern Rhode Island. We got to ride on a school bus (something Claire—a teacher—does more regularly than the rest of us) from the parking lot to the festival. We wandered around and saw animals, crafts, local foods, and Kenyon’s Grist Mill which makes corn meal and flour (since 1696!).

On the bus ride back to our car we spotted a sign for whoopie pies. Since 3 out of the 4 of us had never had them we insisted on getting some. We drove to the whoopie pies to find that they were being sold out of a cooler in someone’s driveway with a money box (kind of like the herbs). Pumpkin & chocolate flavored. We bought four and hit the road to see some harbor seals. A co-worker of mine had just told me about seals that winter off the coast of Rhode Island so we thought it would be cool to check it out.

We hiked through the woods to the beach and observed the seals via cameras and binoculars—they were too far to see with the naked eye. And fortunately for us, a seal-watching-hobbyist was there with his mega-zoom telephoto lens and he let us all look through it. We went from seeing shapes of seals on rocks (through our cameras) to counting whiskers. It was amazing. I know have an appreciation and (unrealistic) desire for a mega-zoom lens:)

After the seals, we headed to Beavertail State Park in Jamestown. Another park we hadn’t been to, but recently learned about. We walked along the cliffs and looked out over the water towards Newport (where we were headed next for dinner). After dinner and a brief stroll through the shops on the wharf we headed home and completely crashed. 


Sunday we hung around Providence. We went to the RISD art museum, Prospect Terrace Park, and then made lunch before heading to the airport. Caroline flew out a little earlier than Claire, so Claire and I sat at Starbucks and visited over hot chocolates:) It was a great weekend with great friends. Thanks for coming, ladies!!


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