My Aunt Liz and Uncle Paul invited us to go on a lighthouse cruise tour to support Community Speaks Out. Community Speaks Out is a non-profit organization who work families who may have a loved one suffering from addiction. Here is the link to this organization if you need/want further information – Community Speaks Out. This is where all the seriousness of the event ends.
It was another beautiful day in southeastern Connecticut. However, as the time approaches for us to leave the harbor the fog starts to roll in. No matter. We still will sail. That is sail if the boat shows up. We were supposed to depart at 7 pm. At 7 pm we are all waiting but there is no boat. It finally shows up at 7:20 pm. We cannot immediately depart because the boat had been out deep sea fishing all day. It needed to be cleaned before we could go aboard. It’s still all good. I am with family and friends who are all there to support a good cause so no worries. We finally get moving around 7:45 pm. Due to the fog instead of viewing lighthouses like originally planned we are now going to cruise the Thames River. That was huge disappointment to my Uncle Paul because he gets this view every day.
We following along the shore passing Milestone (I forget its new name), Seaside, Harkness Park, Ocean Beach to our great view of the Ledge Light Lighthouse. This is my first time seeing it up close. I promised Edonna lighthouses while we are in New England. This is a promise kept. We tour the Thames River a little past Electric Boat then turn around for the ride back to port.
This is when the ride gets interesting. First it is cloud to cloud lightning. Next it is cloud to ground (water) lightning. The wind whips up. We all crowd in the inside area. We are about 20 minutes from port when the skies up open and pour. It continues to pour as we return to port. I never lets up so we end up disembarking in pouring down rain. We were all in a row but it seems we got separated once we hit land. There is are people who are turning to get into my Aunt’ car. She starts yelling, ‘That’s my car! That’s my car!’ You see those folks had the same exact make, model and color of Honda. They were parked two spaces over. He kept hitting his key fob and the lights were going off but they never realized it. After Liz explained where their car was, we jump in the car. However, my uncle is now missing. Liz and I are laughing our heads off at the people who were trying to get into her car. Edonna says, ‘Where’s Paul?’ We both stated we did not know. Edonna accuses Liz of losing Paul. We start frantically looking for him through the rain. He is two aisles over walking back and forth. Liz starts beeping the horn but I don’t think he can hear it through the storm. She drives over and he finally sees us. He misjudged where we parked. Edonna tried to ingratiate herself into his good graces by throwing me and Liz under the bus about him being lost. We are all soaked to the bone. It could not have been more fun. I hope Community Speaks Out made a few dollars off that fundraiser.
When we decided to retire early, we did it because we knew we wanted to live a different kind of life. One of less stress and more activities. We spend a lot of time in free parks. Connecticut has numerous state parks where there are no entrance fees. Others, like Gillette Castle, have a small entrance fee to the Castle itself but not view the grounds, hiking trails or picnic areas. We will be visiting Gillette Castle soon.
We stay in the low cost parks because we are trying to experience more and spend less. Spending a morning on a hiking trail is a great way to start the day. I had not visited this park since I was a young girl. The trails were better marked and larger than I remembered. There is also very large mosquito population. We did not have enough bug spray and we were both eaten a live. We did not realize how bad it was until we were back at the motorhome.
Even with the invasion of the mosquito, it is a lovely walk down to the beach and tidal pools.
We decided to head north to Rhode Island to visit the Roger Williams Park. This is a second visit to Rhode Island. This means Edonna only has one more state to visit before she has all 50 under her belt. We will be visiting Massachusetts soon. Then we will both have all 50 states completed. Our new goal is to visit all 60 national parks. That is a lofty goal.
Providence, RI is about 45 minutes north of our campground. It was an easy ride. My father took me and my sister to this park when we were kids. It was as fun as I remembered. There were many Canadian geese in the park but I was not attacked. There will probably be a common thread through many of my posts, Canadian geese hate me. I hate them right back. Perhaps I will regal you with my tales with Canadian geese in another post. There is a room in the natural history museum that creeped me out today as much as it did when I was a child.
This is a very old public park. The original plans were drawn up in the 1870s. This is an amazing space. There are walking trails. A rose garden. A Japanese garden. Lots of statues. A natural history museum with a live, active bee hive. A zoo and much more. It is a great place to get away from city living.
Here is more specific information directly from their website (https://rwpconservancy.org/):
“Roger Williams Park was created in 1870 after Betsey Williams bequeathed 102 acres of farmland and woodland to the city of Providence to be used for public purpose. A portion of the gift included land that was shared with her great, great, great grandfather, Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, by the Narragansett sachems Canonicus and Miantonomo.
Horace Cleveland, a leader in the Urban Parks Movement, created the design for the Park. It was intended to serve as an escape for those working in highly industrialized Providence in the late nineteenth century. Twenty years after Betsey’s bequest, the Park quadrupled in size and daily attendance had grown to 15,000 visitors.
Comprised of more than 435 beautiful acres and offering a range of recreational and educational opportunities, Roger Williams Park still serves as “the people’s pleasure ground” that Cleveland intended, hosting family picnics, community festivals, weddings, and running groups. Each year over 1.5 million visitors from around the state – and beyond! – enjoy the same scenery and activities as past generations. The People’s Park truly represents Rhode Island’s rich and diverse history.”
I want to make sure that you all see the real deal of living in a RV and not just pretty scenery. Today is clean up day. We finished setting up our campsite. We shopped for groceries. Now I am doing laundry. I have completed a deep clean now that we are at our destination. There is no time for sight seeing today.
I spend a few hours per week at the laundromat. We live in a class c motorhome. Owning washer and dryer are not a priority for us. Experiences are. I find the laundromat relaxing. It is also a great place to connect with residents of the RV park. I always enjoy hearing tales from the road.