We ate breakfast at a Portuguese Bakery called Lydias and then began our first adventure to the lovely seaport town of Newport, RI
We drove around the New Bedford area first and lucked up upon the USCG Eagle coming into the harbor. We were delighted and spent a good bit of time following it down the bay.
Police boats and a fire boat predeeded the entrance of the majestic Eagle. The sky was overcast today and the high was only 77. I actually wore a sweater during the day and it felt good. On our way to Newport we saw a wind mill and of course could not pass up the opportunity to snap it.
We saw a cargo shop going out to sea.
We passed several Gothic style (and scary looking) churches along the way. This one was surrounded by stone angels. It was most intimidating and not terribly inviting.
My favorite thing of the day. Several weeks ago I watched a special on the House on the Rock. We stopped at an Inn to take a picture of a lighthouse....and guess what was there.....yep....the House on the Rock. I was thrilled!
Here is my lighthouse. It reminds me of Haceta Head in Oregon.
One of the many mansions we saw across the bay.
Melissa and Amanda (Sisters)
A sailboat in the bay.
A tree in the yard of the Breakers. The Breakers in Newport was the home of the Vanderbilts.
The Breakers entrance gate.
A side view of the mansion. It was huge!
SMAK's adirondack chairs on the lawn of the white house. Not the real one...but a huge white house that had a massive private beach and lovely manicured lawns.
This is where we had supper at the end of Day One. If you are ever in the New Bedford area...you must eat here. The food is fabulous. Day two was an early day because we did the Island Hopper to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. We had to be at the docks at 8 am in Hyannis Port.
First stop Martha's Vineyard. We decided to do the Martha's Vineyard Transit here. Our bus stop was across from this Friends Church. We waited about 15 minutes for the number 13 bus.
I loved the colorful houses.
Every where you looked you could find vintage cars. This one reminds me of my HHR.
A lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard
A gorgeous flower. We had several mini botany lessons about plants while we were there.
We all love General stores. While we were here Susan bought us all a tiny rubber chicken to go with our trip joke. Ok, I will tell it to you.....James Bond met a chicken...and being the polite spy he is...he offered his hand and said, "Bond, James Bond, " to which the chicken offered his wing and replied, "Ken, Chic Ken!" Between that and the YEAUP that you hear the bidders say on the show Storage Wars...we spent a lot of time laughing like school girls over silly things.
Another gorgeous house and gazebo.
Some more colorful ladies. The neat thing was how well kept these houses were.
Another Martha's Vineyard lighthouse. When it came time for us to head back to the ferry for our next leg we had all decided that public transportation was not for us. It was too hot! Whatever it took we were going to have air conditioning on Nantucket. And air conditioning we had. Coming into the harbor at Nantucket we saw some amazing yachts. I can't believe that any one person could own something so large.
We had an errand at the Waumosett Inn and when we got their....in our rented Cruze...we saw this grand old taxi. They don't use it anymore....and that is a shame. I would love to own this old wagon myself.
The garden entrance way to the Inn was lovely and blessed with tons of beautiful plants like these glorious daylillies.
...and these huge hydrangeas. I have never seen one with individual flowers as large as this one had. I am hoping my friend Chet knows what kind of hydrangea this is.
We discovered a non-white lighthouse must outside of Waumosett. It was so pretty standing there with its light shining. This is still a working lighthouse. In fact all the lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard AND Nantucket are working ones.
Nantucket harbor light number one. There are actually three in this location.
This lighthouse is number two and reminds me of the lighthouse at Sanibel Island in Florida.
The flower of the rosa ragosa plant. They take the tomato looking things and make jams out of them. Let me tell you....this is one very thorny bush.
An osprey nest.
We went shelling and this little guys was very interested in what we were doing. He watched and followed us up and down the beach.
Day is done and the sun is sinking low on the harbor. Our ferry goes back to Hyannis Port at 8:20. We will arrive at 10:10.
I have always wanted a night picture of a lighthouse and Susan took this one from the bow of the boat. You can barely see the lighthouse....but the light is ever present. Our last full day here and we went back to the apartment and began preparing to leave.....tomorrow we would meet up with Chuck and hand off Susan and the remaining three of us would head to the airport to catch our flights home.
We met Chuckles in Mystic Seaport at this restaurant where we had a wonderful lunch with a harbor view. It was lovely. After lunch we walked a bit and then all piled in our rental car and toured the town. The heat was unbearable....and it was only 88.
Street signs in Mystic.
Mystic seaport Maritime museum from across the harbor.
Loved this tag.
Tug boat at the entrance of the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museaum. The door on the top is actually the kind of door you would find in a house.
I wish I could say this was our rental car....but alas...it wasn't. It was parked outside one of the shops we visited and we could not pass up the opportunity to get a quick photo op.
Chuck too our only shot together for the whole trip....we are standing on the pier/docks at Mystic Seaport waiting for the drawbridge to go down. It divides the town in half and really stops up things when it is in use.
One of the strange little stores in Mystic. We said our good byes to Chuck and Sue and headed back to the airport. The trip was wonderful. We all laughed....and really enjoyed time spent together. We are already planning next years trip. I have great family and dear friends. I am truly a blessed woman....but most of all I have a wonderful husband who allowed me this opportunity to go and be goofy for a few days. Thank you darling for giving me the chance to spread my wings and soar. Until next year....this is Ken....Chic Ken...signing off.....Yeaup!
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