Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Colony Cottages at Hull's Cove

We knew that we could do the ordinary thing and get a hotel room or rent a condo for the three nights we had planned to stay on Mount Desert Island.
But, we didn't want to be ordinary. We wanted something a little different.
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When G-Dub had been on the island a few months ago, he had noticed all the cottages and cabins available for rent.
We opted for one of those. We made reservations at The Colony which was at an area called Hull's Cove.
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They had various cottages along with old fashioned motel rooms.
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(G-Dub's iPhone photo)

We opted for a cottage.
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It was quaint and cute. It also reminded me so much of Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo. It had that shotgun house sort of feel.
Though it was nothing like the resort where Baby and Johnny Castle moved to some classic tunes in Dirty Dancing,
I found my mind wondering back to that movie because of the whole feel of the place. Summer cottage, etc.
We stepped inside and it was like we'd stepped back in time. Though it was quaint and cute, my mind also strayed a bit to
horror movies and documentaries on bed bugs. I couldn't go to sleep that night without checking the bed for critter evidence. LOL

Ok, back to being in Maine and going with the feel of cottage vacation...
One good thing about The Colony was that it had a view of the waterfront and waterfront access.
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We walked across the street and checked out the water during low tide.
I'd walked out without a camera, so G-Dub filled in with his iPhone.
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See the boat in the background? The Margaret Todd Schooner. We noticed it that first night.
On our last night, we took the sunset cruise on the Margaret Todd.
More on that later.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Newport Cliff Walk

Wednesday morning, we left Ft. Adams and drove along the coastline as closely as we could.
We were weaving our way through the roads and streets of Newport on our way to the Cliff Walk.

Along the way, we saw some beautiful homes and areas on the southern tip of the island.
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Can you imagine coming home to this view every day?
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We actually drove past the end of the Cliff Walk at some point. It's a 3.5 mile public access trail that borders the shoreline on the east side and passes behind some beautiful historic homes. Our goal was to go to the starting point. But, as we were driving and I was looking at the tourist map, I noticed a few midpoints of the walk.
One in particular was Forty Steps. I decided that would be a neat place to see. We hadn't planned to walk the entire 3.5 miles anyway.
We wanted to be on the road again by noon and it was HOT outside that day with humidity that resembled deep south humidity!
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We began our decent down the forty steps. Yes, there were forty. Yes, Roo counted them.
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On the north side of the steps, you could walk off the steps and catch some up close views of the rocks, taking in the awesome view.
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Dev stayed a little further back, but Roo had to be told more than once to step back! Daredevil he is!
Really? You didn't see the warning sign with the guying falling? Dude!
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Starting back up the steps, we could take in a view of the south side.
There was a cave where the water rushed in and out. Roo and I had to take time and watch that for a few passes.
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Also, had to admire the view as we looked up from the cave.
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We took some time to walk a short distance down the path.
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We walked past one of the homes. It reminded me of the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.
It was not as big, obviously, but still substantial with a gothic feel to it.
The "owner" came out to greet us.
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I think he'd just woken up for the day. He was all stretchy and yawning.
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And dreaming. LOL
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Roo tried to feed some of the birds that had been feeding along the wall from his hand.
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Unsuccessfully. :(

The Newport Cliff Walk was a really neat place! Someday I'd love to go back and walk the entire pathway.
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Sidetracked - but that's not Waldo!

I interrupt our scheduled viewing of the vacation photos.
I know I sort of promised Cliff Walk photos for the next blog post, but I have to share these!
As promised, there are NO pictures of boats.

MIL and FIL are here visiting for a few weeks. Of course, we had to play tour guides and take them to NYC.
We kept it simple. Water Taxi out to view the Statue of Liberty and the skyline.
Then, a walk through the theater district, leading to Times Square with a trip through ToysRUs, past Radio City Music Hall to Rockefeller Center.
After seeing the window outside NBC Studios, we called it a day and came home.

Back up to Times Square. I'd heard of him and I'd read about him online, but I hadn't ever seen him on our few trips through Times Square.
With that many people, it's hard to see one particular individual.
It's like a Where's Waldo book.
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When Roo and I came out of Toys R Us, mil said, "Look over there."
I looked and there he was with his strategically placed guitar!
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The Naked Cowboy!
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He has a website that you can google or you can read more about him here on Wikipedia.

The things you see in New York. :)
To think I almost didn't take a camera with me yesterday, but at the last minute threw the Sony Cybershot into my purse with a very low battery level.
I almost didn't even do that because G-Dub and Dev had their iPhones.
When I went to grab it for the NC photo, I couldn't find it!
It wasn't in my purse, on my wrist... It wasn't anywhere on my person!
I started to freak out a little, but still was thankful it wasn't a bigger camera lost in NYC.
As I was about to walk back into TRU to look for it, Roo spoke up.
I'd left it on the counter at check out in TRU, but he had picked it up for me and was holding it safely.
Reminder lesson. Always carry (and keep up with) a camera. You never know when you might need it!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Exploring Newport, RI

The morning after Barking Crab, we checked out of the room at the Navy Lodge. Rather than hitting the road, we decided to check out the areas the waitress from the night before had suggested. Fort Adams and the Cliff Walk. First up, Fort Adams. Even before that, we stopped and looked at a park along the harbor.

We were fascinated by all of the boats. The boats brought back memories of our own boat we kept near Destin, FL, years ago.
(I just looked and couldn't find a blog about our boat. I must have never blogged about it. Hmmmph...)

I apologize for the gazillion photos of the boats. Trust me, these are just a sample.
I went through the memory card and asked myself why so many photos of boats. LOL My only answer was they were pretty cool!
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We spent some time at the little park, taking photos, looking at the boats, looking for seashells or interesting rocks and just strolling along the walkways.
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I really wish I could remember the story of this monument.
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I read the plaque, but then forgot what it said when we moved around to the other side and saw that someone had vandalized it. How sad. Who does this? :(
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I looked Rochambeau up and was reminded of his story.
The French nobleman, Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau was born at Vendôme on 1 July 1726. He had already carved for himself a distinguished reputation as a soldier when the American Revolution brought him across the Atlantic to help the colonies in their fight for independence. General Rochambeau arrived at Newport in the summer of 1780, a dim period in the Revolution. His own talents, coupled with the 5,500 man force he brought with him, were to help decide the final campaign of the war for the United States. - from Naval Historical Center website
From this park, we kept driving until we arrived at Fort Adams.
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Aside from the fort, we saw more boats!
A sailing school in progress. - I want to learn to sail!
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A sailing tour. Is that a Schooner?
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And a cruiseship! - Hey! I want to do that too!
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Next blog post, I promise, no boats photos! We went to the other side of Newport and walked along the Cliff Walk. More on that soon!