Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Finally! The Little RV Visits Rhode Island

Rob grew up in Rhode Island and we come here when we are in the area but we have never actually camped here. Well here we are! 

We had an absolutely beautiful day for our drive from Connecticut to our new campground in Narragansett, Rhode Island. It was sunny with blue skies and temperatures in the high 60s. Perfect fall weather! We are at a beautiful State Park very near the water. 
  You can see The Little RV in the center of the
tree from the top of this bunker. 

This park has several underground bunkers. If you climb to the top the view is spectacular. 

Yesterday we drove to Providence where Rob's father is buried. We took some yellow mums along. 
Can I just say how unsettling it is to see your husband's name on a headstone while he is standing right next to you? 

After our visit to the cemetery we drove the Armenian market in Cranston. I think years ago it was specifically Armenian but now it carries a supply of Middle Eastern delights such as Lachmajoon (Armenian pizza), Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), and Kofta (a meatball surrounded by a bulgur mixture).

After the market we drove back to Narragansett and went to the beach. I've been so eager to put my feet in the sand and I finally did. 

Yesterday was a dreary, gray day but it was comfortably warm and great for a quick walk on the beach. I only saw three other people there. All of the tourist crowds are gone for the season. 

Today we are expecting the same weather but look out beach here we come again. I'm taking Murphy with us today for his first off-leash run on the beach. It promises to be a very sandy day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Old Friends and Ladies Day in Boston

We are reconnecting with friends and family we haven't see for a long time. Rob and Tom have been the best of friends since third grade and when they get together it's like they were never apart. 
Tom and his wife Beth, came to the Little RV for a visit Friday evening. We had a great visit. I can't even imagine the trouble these two caused growing up.

Saturday Rob's oldest daughter Meghan, her mother-in-law Judy and I went to Boston for the day. 
I had never been to Boston except the airport. It's only about an hour and a half drive from Meg's house depending on traffic. 

This area of Boston was incredibly busy. There were multiple events that day including a bike race, Oktoberfest, and a Dance Mile which is a large group of dancing people following a pick-up truck loaded with speakers and three very loud women attempting to add to the dancing mob. The Mob dances a mile long route. Not my thing but my companions were nearly sucked in. 


There were also people in period dress who were involved in tours and other activities. Police were directing traffic at many of the intersections and parking was very hard to come by. 

Be prepared when visiting this area. We paid $36 to park the car or "pahk the cah" in Boston speak, for four hours. Other than lunch that was the only cost for the day's entertainment. 

Being the quirky kind of tourist I am, I wanted to see some unusual things. The first and most important was this six foot tall Lob-stah Mickey. 
 We did some walking and looking for him but sadly we discovered he is no longer in Boston at least in the public arena or I'd be in this photo with Mickey. Onward!

Next up, The Union Oyster House


The New England Clam Chowder (chow-dah in Boston speak) was some of the best I've ever had. This is the America's oldest restaurant and has been serving food since 1826. 

The area we visited was very old and full of history. 
They call it the Freedom Trail and there is a brick stripe in the old cobblestone sidewalks you can follow to keep you on the trail.

 As we followed the trail Faneuil Hall was next. 

Faneuil Hall was built in 1742 and was an open market and meeting house for local government. 


The Old State House was next on the trail. This building is over 300 years old and is dwarfed by the tall buildings surrounding it. 

Check out the beautiful details on the building .

The Old South Meeting Hall was next on the trail. This is a Puritan church dating back to 1729. 
Moving right along we arrived at Granary Burial Ground. This cemetery was established in 1660 and is the final resting place for many notable figures including Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin's parents and Mary Goose, said to be the original Mother Goose. 
Some of the headstones were so eroded we couldn't read them. I suppose being out in the weather 24/7 for as long as 356 years would erode anything. 



Park Street Church, built in 1809, was our next stop. There had just been a wedding and the bride and groom were just exiting the church as we arrived. 






Our last stop on the trail was Boston Common where we were greeted by the overwhelming scent of marijuana in the air. 
Boston Common is a central park in downtown Boston. It dates back to 1634. We only visited a small corner of the parks huge 50 acre footprint. 
Source
Had I know about these guys, we'd have been all over the place looking for them. I have to say I'd like to go back sometime and visit the park more thoroughly. 

Six days from today we move to Rhode Island for a quick visit to Rob's childhood hometown. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Little RV is Snugly Tucked in for a Few Weeks

Gosh, I'm so far behind in my writing! We arrived in Connecticut on Thursday evening August, 25th. We pulled into the driveway and got settled in before anyone knew we had arrived.  When we come to Connecticut we moochdock in the driveway of Rob's oldest daughter, Meghan, her husband Alex and our granddaughter Millie. I call their home Hilliard Acres. 
Our "Site" at Hilliard Acres

 We moved fast those last three travel days because we wanted to arrive in time for a weekend get together here at Hilliard Acres. 
    That's a lot of moving for us in just three days!

 We met some of Meg and Alex's friends, Joe and Nina from London who are wonderful people. We are happy to have gotten acquainted with them. 

Murphy is loving his time here because he has so much room to run and a buddy to play with.
Murphy tormenting poor Lucy.

 We gave a lot of tours of the motorhome during the party. Everyone was very interested in seeing inside the "tour bus". 

We are planning to be here in Connecticut until the 25th of September when we head to New Jersey to visit an old school friend of Rob's. 

We are expecting a storm to arrive tomorrow.  Hurricane Hermine which has been downgraded to a tropical storm is headed our way. We are expecting some wind and rain but nothing major here. Our friend in New Jersey is under a voluntary evacuation so hopefully things will settle down before Hermine arrives. 

If you have been with us since the beginning you'll remember we were here in this very driveway for Super Storm Sandy nearly four years ago on October 22, 2012. You can read about that adventure here and here. Coincidence? You decide. We bring our own special kind of excitement wherever we go, don't we?

Since we arrived we have really just been catching up on things. Sleeping and resting, visiting, dog grooming, people grooming, you get the idea. Alex has offered to help me wash the motorhome while we're here and I plan to hold him to that offer because we are looking a bit grungy. Also Alex is very tall and can reach much higher than I can.