Summer Vacation

Our extended engine repairs left only 2 weeks for our “summer vacation” – but hey, aren’t we always?!

First stop: Block Island. I’ve been visiting Block (by boat & even twice by small, Piper Cub type planes) for over 55 years.

We anchored off “dinghy beach” in 4′ of water with lots of paddleboarding in the “quiet(er) corner”

Rainbow over the harbor

Sunset in crowded Block Island Harbor

Next stop: Newport, RI.  We’ve only been here once by boat, but several times by car for weekend getaways.

The action in Newport is people watching ashore

Calm Newport Harbor

An extended dinghy & a bike ride in busy traffic was worth it for Ma’s Donuts

Final stop:  Mystic, CT.  I’ve been coming here for probably 60 years, as there are several photos of my family aboard the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper.  Lori visited with her family several times as well.

I just had to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mystic River Bascule Bridge with their special cocktail at our favorite S&P Oyster House

I paddled over to the Float Ella celebration (opposite the Mystic Seaport) with hundreds of paddlers & even a live band on the water’s edge.

This is the birthday boy – the Mystic River Bascule Bridge celebrating its 100th birthday next month. The only bridge I know of where it’s hourly opening is always celebrated with a crowd of onlookers taking photos & selfies.

We’ve now arrived back in Deep River for about 2 weeks, driving up to Vermont for Benj’s 30th birthday – how in the heck is that possible!??



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