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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Sarah and I drove through Vermont and all the way up to Quebec, the beautiful Canadian French city.  For a quick breakfast, Chez Cora is a fun restaurant where food becomes a form of art — check it out here!

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It was a great way to start the day.  We spent most of our time near the beautiful Château Frontenac near the river. 2014-08-17 13.23.03_500

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We went up to the old fort and arrived just in time for the changing of the guard and, strangely, it made me sing the song from The Wizard of Oz (can you guess which one?).

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Later, we ate at a really good crepe restaurant.

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This was our view from the restaurant.

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What a beautiful location!  We spent quite a bit of time walking the streets and checking out many of the shops.  The weather was perfect.  I was thinking that everyone should see Quebec at some point in their life; it’s such a beautiful city and the food and shopping can hardly be beat.

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Valentine’s Hymn Lyrics

Valentine’s Day Hymn Lyrics:

What Wondrous Love Is This (American Folk Hymn)

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down
Beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb,
Who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free
I’ll sing His love for me,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on.

Covered Bridges

While I was in Boston Sarah and I decided to go on a road trip through nearby Vermont and New Hampshire.  One of the first places we stopped was at Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory.

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It was so yummy!

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The main thing I was interested to see in this region was the covered bridges, which we tracked by GPS along our way.

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They really are quite different from one to another.

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I didn’t realize it, but there really are dozens of these across the region — over 100 in Vermont alone.  They really are wonderful to see!