Oh, but we've had a wonderful time here in Newport, Rhode Island visiting our daughter and son-in-law . . . what a charming little part of the USA this is.
Originally the "kids" were going to leave us a car to get around in while they headed off to work each day, but we quickly realized that walking wherever we wanted to go in this charming little town was the much better way to go. Between walking our grandpuppy, Hazel, each morning, plus the additional sightseeing we did on foot, I would guess we walked somewhere between 20-25 miles during our visit. I just love getting to know a new locale on foot. By getting around under our own steam we were better able to soak up the local atmosphere, see the town's charm up close, enjoy the brisk fall air, say "hello" to dozens of "townies," discover where the really good coffee houses are, and get a little taste of what living here full time might be like.
|Our grandpuppy, Hazel, on squirrel patrol during one of our walks|
|The Marble House estate|
|Nonstop views along The Cliffs walking trail|
We loved our time here, and we're sorry to be leaving. But the Christmas holiday season with all of it's festivities, plus a mid-December RV trip to seaside San Elijo, await us when we return to California, so we have lots of good things to look forward to.
(By the way, do I seem upbeat and happy most of the time in my posts? I hope so, because increasingly I am. And it's not because my life doesn't contain it's share of curve balls - it does - but, really, why dwell on those things I cannot change? More and more my philosophy these days is to simply deal and move on. Life is simply too short to waste precious time doing otherwise.)
|I was captivated by the beautiful fall foliage on these trees|
|A more modest Newport home's front porch, charmingly done up for fall|
|Hazel and me at Fort Adams State Park, the largest coastal fortification in the United States. Hazel didn't care two hoots about the park, but she did love going into high alert over all the Canadian geese and squirrel that were everywhere.|