Rhode Island

One of the places I wanted to see on our trip was Rhode Island, because I have ancestors that were the original settlers of that area.  It was a dream come true to finally see some of the coastal areas of Rhode Island.

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An odd thing happened that I’ve experienced on previous journeys to my ancestry — we came across moonflowers.  These are beautiful yellow blooms that open at night.  I saw them previously in the home villages of my ancestors in Germany and England.  Now, to my surprise and delight, here they were again!

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One of Grandpa Chaney’s ancestors — Rev. John Maxson — was the first white man born on the Island of Aquidneck — March 24 ,1638.  Now the island is known most famously for the many mansions that can be toured, like this one.

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Of course, in many ways it looked the same as when our ancestors first arrived, but most views were greatly changed, sadly.2014-08-24 11.31.21_500

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We did have a lobster roll before leaving the area.

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We headed to Providence to fly out, but first Christ took us to a great bakery he knew about from his travels.

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Martha’s Vineyard

Another fun part of our journey was taking a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  2014-08-23 18.25.16_500

2014-08-23 18.40.07_500We arrived late in the afternoon and it was beautiful arriving at port.

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We thought this helicopter on top of the yacht was pretty cool.

2014-08-23 19.29.08_500It didn’t take long to make some fun discoveries on the island.

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First we ate the best fish tacos ever at this food truck.

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Then we had appetizers at a restaurant.

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It was such a special day together!

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Fresh Fish

When we left Cape Cod we made our way to a wonderful Bed & Breakfast in Seekong, MA, that was just perfect for us –Nichols Guest House.

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Doesn’t it look great?  The breakfast was amazing–so much to choose from.

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Then we headed to Chatham on Cape Cod to look for sharks.  We didn’t see sharks but we found plenty of seals.

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We kept thinking that if we hung around long enough we might see one of the fishing boats return with its catch of the day, and we weren’t disappointed.

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Then we ordered some fried fish at this wonderful little restaurant right by the pier.  So good!

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Next we headed to one of the beaches and found where sharks are often seen.

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New Hampshire

When Sarah and I left Quebec we made our way down through New Hampshire in order to stop to visit family members.  As in Vermont, we were looking for covered bridges on GPS and we found several.

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We also made a stop at the former “Old Man of the Mountain,” which sadly was destroyed by weather conditions in 2003.  As you can see here, he famous profile is gone.

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But someone had the bright idea to use poles like this to make the profile miraculously appear again, if you stand at the right spot for your height.

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Presto!  And the old man is back.

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Well, we thought it was a corny way to deal with the tragedy but at least we could see how it used to look.

Finally, we made our way to my aunt and uncle’s home and were surprised to find that my cousins were also in town.  What a great evening we had together!  I had never seen my cousin’s kids before, so it was extra special to finally be able to give everyone a few hugs.

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