06.24.16 Newport, Rhode Island – Cliff Walk and 10 Mile Ocean Drive

signnewportFriday, June 24, 2016 – I absolutely love Rhode Island!  It’s different from Connecticut in a way and we did only see the amazing town of Newport, but I love it!  The homes (huge and small), the land, the stone walls (are everywhere), the Christmas pines and the seashore! Newport, Rhode Island was one hour from our RV park in Connecticut.

The summer “neighborhood” of Newport emerged when New York families starting around 1859 decided to build “summer cottages” each larger than the other.  Today, Newport’s Ten Mile Drive combines the history of a wealthy summer community with a fabulous Newport treasure of parks 863_Newport_RIand miles of public access shoreline to rank as one of the popular “drives” in the country.   There is a specific route to the Ten Mile Drive but we mostly just rambled around town gawking at the amazing multi-million dollar  homes.  

Most of my photographs could never convey what Bellevue, the 2.5 miles of mansions, truly looks like.  I never imagined a place like this existed so I want you to really see what these “cottages” are like.  I got some from the internet that show them better.  Those are after my photos.

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After driving and gawking quite a while we went to one of the locations in Newport where you can enter the Cliff Walk.  The Newport Cliff Walk is considered one of the top attractions in Newport, Rhode Island, in the United States. It is a 3.5-mile public access walkway that borders the shore line. Some parts of the walk are smooth, others are a rough walk which we chose not to do.  We entered the walk at two different locations and walked a bit seeing what we could along the way.  In our younger days we may have started at the beginning and not stopped until we got to the end of the 3.5 mile path.  Here’s what we saw  on the Cliff Walk. The first ONE is an aerial photo I got off the internet so you could see some of the walkway that way.

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One of the entryways to the Cliff Walk.  You have to pay to park (which aggravates Roy so much).  20160622_141140

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06.23.16 Olde Mystic Village, Seaport and Sea View Snack Bar in Mystic, Connecticut

i_love_new_england__32594.1378922315.1280.1280_1Thursday, June 23, 2016 – We left Connecticut this morning on our way to New Hampshire and Maine which means I’m catching up now on what we did this week while in Connecticut.

After touring the USS Nautilus on Monday we went to the Olde Mystic Village.  At the Village you can stroll the beautiful lanes and enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720.  There were picturesque settings of flowers, trees & duck ponds that surround you as you relax and unwind. There are many benches and rest areas to catch your breath, unwind, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and let your mind slip pleasantly back to another era. Roy patiently strolled with me as I shopped and enjoyed all this Village had to offer! Their address is 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, Connecticut.

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These are for my niece, Dana, who loves nautical decorations.  You would have absolutely loved this particular shop.  So much of the shopping around here is nautical stuff!20160620_151549 20160620_151938 20160620_152334 20160620_153916 20160620_153924Some additional photos I got off the internet.  I’m having glare problems with my photos so a lot of mine did not come out.

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Munson’s was a cool shop that made delicious looking chocolates.  We can’t ship chocolates right now (heat… melting)  so we bought some lobster shaped gummis for our granddaughter Kallie!

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Slices of pizza made from chocolate!!20160620_154057 From here we drove through Olde Mystick seeing the seaport where we stopped at the Sea View Snack Bar.  This was no snack we had there, it was a full blown meal! We’ve heard about Lobster Rolls from some of our friends and found this to be one of the top places in the area for delicious lobster rolls.

Where we eat chicken salad in Louisiana, they eat this similar food with lobster instead of chicken.  And it is served on a nicely toasted bun that looks like a hot dog bun but tastes way better!  They served it with french fries and a soft drink for $20 each.  A bit pricey for a snack shack but like I said it was a full blown meal and was quite delicious.

LOBSTER ROLLS AT SEA VIEW SNACK BAR

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Not only was the lobster roll delicious but we had the company of a very friendly seagull as we ate our lobster rolls by the sea!

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I love cemeteries, Roy does not, so I capture shots when I can.  This one was very cool!

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02-newport-jury-2006-award-gdapThis wrapped up a beautiful day of exploring in Connecticut.  On Wednesday we went into Rhode Island to the incredible Ocean town of Newport.  So many amazing photo opportunities that it will take me over night tonight to go through them all!

My new Kindle Paperwhite was waiting for me at the Post Office in Mystic this morning (Wednesday) so I’ll be back to my avid Kindle reading self!  After crunching my regular Kindle Paperwhite, I’ve been reading on my Samsung phone for the last two weeks until we could get to a place where I could have the new one delivered General Delivery.

We’re hoping our new extra phone batteries reach us at our next stop in New Hampshire so we’ll be set for more photos in the next few weeks in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia and Massachusetts. Can you imagine how much my phone/camera batteries are put through with all the photos we take and how much we depend on the GPS when we’re on the road.

I truly love New England.  It is everything I thought it might be.  If I could move my family to Connecticut and could afford to live here I would!

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06.22.16 USS Nautilus Submarine Tour and Museum in Groton, CT

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This is one of my favorite photos from the day. I love it when railroads run alongside water. This one runs along the Thames River in Connecticut where the USS Nautilus is docked

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – On Monday we went to nearby Groton, Connecticut to see the USS Nautilus Submarine and Museum there.  This was on our optional to do list but we needed to go to Groton for something else, so we went here also and we’re really glad we did!

September 30, 1954, NAUTILUS became the first commissioned nuclear powered ship in the United States Navy.  This was when I was only 16 days old!

Over the next several years, NAUTILUS shattered all submerged speed and distance records. On July 23, 1958, NAUTILUS departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii under top secret orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine”, the first crossing of the North Pole by a ship. At 11:15 pm on August 3, 1958, NAUTILUS’ second Commanding Officer, Commander William R. Anderson, announced to his crew, “For the world, our country, and the Navy – the North Pole.” With 116 men aboard, NAUTILUS had accomplished the “impossible”, reaching the geographic North Pole – 90 degrees North.

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We first checked out the mini submarines outside the museum building.

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Roy had a real good time on this majorly awesome gun as you can see by the smile on his face and the video!20160620_132833

After entering the museum and being welcomed by a nice older man we first visited an exhibit room which is recreation of a World War II submarine attack center. The attack center has three operational periscopes through which we could see Historic Ship NAUTILUS, the Thames River and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Roy and I both enjoyed that experience.  We even found Boots in the parking lot through the periscope!20160620_13370120160620_133710 20160620_133810

One of thee torpedoes is a Mark 14 which weighs over 3,000 pounds and is 20.5 feet long.  It had a maximum range of 4.5 miles. Another of the torpedoes is a Mark 48 which is the Navy’s primary submarine torpedo.   It weighs 3,5oo pounds and is 19 feet long.  20160620_134055

This is the Polaris Missile, A-3` feet long, 35,000 pounds.  It is made up of four sections, the nose cone (warhead) section, the equipment (guidance) section, and the first stage and second stage boosters.  It was operational from 1964 to 1981.

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This is a model of a GATO Class Submarine. Here’s information on it and photos of the model.  There were several Ken and Barbie sized dolls positioned throughout the submarine.

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Several other underwater equipment items were on display.     20160620_135024

Roy says this is a Tomahawk missile that costs $1 million each……………………………..20160620_135058

There was lots more to see in all of the exhibit rooms.  After seeing it all we went outside toward the actual USS Nautilus Submarine!  20160620_135120 20160620_135145 20160620_135238 20160620_135243

The layout of the submarine. The part we toured was the back half.20160620_135410

The Nautilus is parked right outside of the museum and you get there on this walkway.20160620_135500

They gave us an audio tour device that explained to us every part of the ship that we saw.   First was the many steps to get down below the water. Everything is protected with a glass wall which explains some of the glare in the pictures.

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Roy thought this was cool, the 126 cells of Batteries, each of which weigh approx. 1000 lbs. The batteries were the ships emergency source of electrical power. 20160620_140908

The always popular Galley!20160620_140934

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Looking back at the Museum from the Nautilus.  It is a very well maintained and beautiful landscaped area.  Again, I love, all the rockiness of this area!20160620_141157

From the Nautilus we went into Olde Mystic, Connecticut to explore it.  I’ll write about that next!

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06.20.16 Connecticut, we have arrived!

connecticut mapMonday, June 20, 2016 – As southern New York begins to fade in our rear view mirror we enter the beautiful state of Connecticut.  Massive rocks replace green grass in the medians and that is a sight I love to see.  Even the Rest Area looks different.

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Rest area in Connecticut

We are staying at a wonderful resort called Seaport RV Resort.  It is part of the Sun Communities Resorts.   Their rates are higher than we care to pay but since it’s part of our Coast to Coast system we used our trip points to pay for it.SPOaboutUs

After staying last week in a 30 amp park in New York we are quite happy to have a full 50 amp here! We spent 7 days in Montaindale, NY in Hilltop RV Campground which was basically a majorly large field with trees and a few RVs.  Very very quiet and cool the first few days when we were able to live with no air conditioning and the windows open!  Then the temps crept higher so we experienced the difficulties an RV the size of ours with two air conditioners, etc. has living on 30 amp.

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New York – Hilltop Farm Campground
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New York – Hilltop Farm Campground

The weather here in Connecticut is beautiful, low 70s and a nice breeze! Back home it’s in the 90s to 100s so we’re quite happy to be here!

While we’re here we’ll go to Mystic, Connecticut where there is a seaport, a shopping village and the USS Nautilus submarine is open for tours.  We’ll do that Monday.

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Connecticut – Seaport RV Resort

On Wednesday we’re going to Rhode Island to stroll along a walkway by the ocean and to take a scenic drive through the area of Newport, Rhode Island.

My dearly loved Kindle got crushed when it slipped off the bed and got in the way of us closing our slide a couple of weeks ago.  No warranty so I had to order a new one.  I’ve been reading my phone kindle which is very weird! We’ll pick up the new Kindle from the Mystic, CT post office Wednesday on our way to Rhode Island.

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Connecticut – Swimming pool at Seaport RV Resort

Tuesday we will spend time at the resort enjoying the beautiful swimming pool!

I didn’t finish writing this until after we spent the day (which is Monday) in Mystic!  Great day, lots of walking and seeing, lobster rolls, and a trip to down inside a real submarine!!!

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