July 6 – ME – RI

Early morning on the dock (no really – I woke up at 6am)

It was a long travel day but we made it back to RI in time to bring Madison to Newport for dinner.  We tried out the Black Pearl which has the second best clam chowder I’ve had in my life.  They use dill which I don’t normally like, but it worked well and it filled mah belly! It was hard leaving Maine this morning – the sun was out and the water was so calm.  The photo above is of their dock, which (obviously) rises and falls with the tides – it was just really fascinating to see because the tides here are so drastic.  At low tide the dock was at almost a 40° angle and at high tide it was almost flat.

-V

July 5 – Would you just look at that view

View from the deck

 

I spent most of my time in North Haven sitting on the deck relaxing and soaking up this view.  Not bad, huh? Today was much warmer than the 4th and the sun shined for most of the day.  Oliver took us out on his boat with THREE engines.  It goes fast.  And it’s a LOT of fun.  Such a thrill feeling the wind on your face!  Madison went tubing (I had goosebumps and didn’t jump into the cold Maine water) but it looked like he had a great time trying to hold on!

-V

July 4 – INDEPENDENCE Day!

Happy 4th from the North Haven Ferry!

I hope everyone had a patriotic fourth! We explored Rockland and stopped for lunch at this famous little diner.  Enjoyed some good ol’ New England Chowder and Fish Sandwich before hopping on the ferry to North Haven, an island 12 miles off the coast of Maine where we stayed with Oliver, Madison’s friend from GWU.  Every year for the fourth Oliver invites friends up to celebrate Independence Day at his mom’s house, built by the Watsons.  Tom Watson, the second president of IBM, bought land on North Haven and built a main house, plus a home for each of his children so they could all vacation together.  It is absolutely beautiful, and there is so much of their family history there – it was so interesting learning more about their family.  Read more about Thomas here – it’ amazing just how much he did in his life.

A BIG thank you to Oliver for inviting me, I had a great time exploring the island and meeting some fun new people!

-V