We planned on taking two days to drive to Rhode Island, and ended up taking just one.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Since we had arrived before everyone else who was coming to RI, we had a day to check out a few things in this state where we once used to live.
Interstate I-195 has been re-routed, on what they call the Iway, across a new Providence River "signature" bridge.
|Signature Iway bridge (2005-2006)|
|Reflection on the Woonasquatucket River|
|17 Agawam Park Road|
Erich had flown up from DC with Dylan and Pete to visit their mom/"Nanna" in RI. Today they came to have breakfast with us at the Country Kitchen in Seekonk, MA.
|Country Kitchen (est,. 1980)|
|Erich, Dylan, and Pete|
Dylan, and Pete
|Grandpa S reads to Pete and Dylan (photo by Kyle)|
After lunch we headed to the Roger Williams Park Zoo in three vehicles! Although it was a gray day, the temperature was between jackets and no jackets.
A tradition when going to the RI zoo is taking a picture with the statue of the dog.
|Kent, Kyle, and Erich in 1986;|
The Sentinel (1851) by Thomas Frederick Hoppin
|Black Prince and Pete|
|Pete and Dylan|
|Dylan and Pete|
|Pete with the docents poster|
|Dylan makes it over the crest of the mountain|
We so much appreciated the opportunity to share the visit in order to see the grandsons!
Monday, December 28, 2015
Knowing we could make it home in a day, we spent today driving through eastern RI, first to Little Compton and Adamsville.
|Rhode Island Red Monument (1925)|
by Henry L Norton
We continued to Bristol, stopping to have another Rhode Island favorite, a Newport Creamery Awful Awful, a relative of the milkshake made from whole milk and ice milk, with flavored syrup. We shared a thick chocolate one, whose name comes from "Awful Big, Awful Good."
We visited Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum.
|Cherry blossoms in December!|
Although the mansion was closed today, the grounds are open to the public and a donation is requested.
|Moon Gate (c. 1896) designed by landscape architect John DeWolf|
|Snowflakes in The Bosquet/Woodland|
|Snowflakes made from bamboo|
|Phyllostachys aureosulcata/Yellow Groove Bamboo|
|Reconstructed stone bench|
|Water Garden (KSS)|
|Garden bench (KSS)|
|Dominoes and shells (KSS)|
|Blithewold Mansion (1907) in English Country Manor style;|
listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980