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Mush & Alga's Adventure: 30 Day RV Trip - Plymouth, Chatham, MA - Providence & Newport, RI
10-25-2007
We drove thru Taunton, Middleboro, Plymouth Rock, Myles Standish State Forest, Sandwich, Chatham, P-Town, Massachusetts, then on to Providence and Newport, Rhode Island. Lots to see and we had fun.

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Newport, RI - 2  Other side of water
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Providence and Newport, Rhode IslandWednesday, October 10, 2012
Providence was settled in June 1636, by a religious exile and was one of the original Thirteen Colonies.  It sits at the mouth of the Providence River, at the head of Narragansett Bay.  Today it's the third largest city in the New England area.  The city is densely populated and roads were laid out before cars were around so Providence has a large number of pedestrian commuters.  The historic part of downtown looks like it did eighty years ago. Lots of lovely Victorian homes and we drove by Brown University, an Ivy League university.  

Newport was founded in 1639, and in the 18th century it was a major port city. Newport now has a large number of surviving colonial buildings and in the past it was known for being the "Summer White Houses" during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.  In the 20th century many wealthy families were summering in Newport, including the Vanderbilts, Astors and the Wideners who built the famous Breakers and Miramar  "cottages".  The social season was short in these amazing mansions, they had lots of party areas and few bedrooms......guests were supposed to have their own mansions!

The city has a very colorful history.  During the colonial period, Newport was the center of the slave trade in New England.  The sugar and molasses that the slaves produced in the Caribbean were brought to  Rhode Island and distilled into rum, then they took the rum to West Africa to buy slaves with it.  Great fortunes were made in the slave trade even though there were state and federal laws prohibiting it.

Today Newport is known as a summer resort, home to awesome mansions, home to Naval Station Newport which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center.  We just drove around trying to get a feel for an area we have heard about for years.  You can feel the money in the air but you know lots of it was made at the expense of others.  We didn't expect to see small farms with sheep and cows next to the big mansions!  Bet it gets really cold in the winter.


Newport, RI - 2 Other side of water Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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This was an awesome bridge.

Newport, RI - 1 Other side of waterThursday, August 30, 2012

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The area at the beginning of the Newport Bridge Toll Road.

Newport ShipyardThursday, August 30, 2012

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Photos from around the shipyard.

Newport, RI - 5Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Some amazing rock work.

Newport, RI - 4Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Sheep and an alpaca (?), who would of thought there would be farms in Newport.

Newport, RI - 3Thursday, August 30, 2012

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I bet this house has incredible views.

Newport, RI - 2Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Awesome mansion.

Newport, RI - 1Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Lots of sailboats in Newport.....wonder if this lighthouse functions?

Providence, RIThursday, August 30, 2012

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Photos we liked of the Providence area.

Provincetown, MAThursday, August 30, 2012
Provincetown (or "P-Town") is located at the extreme tip of Cape Cod in Barnstable County.  It has a small population of around 4000 and is known for its beaches, harbor, artists, tourist industry, and as a vacation destination of gay men and lesbians.  It's about a two hour drive (I think) to P-Town and we got there just before dark so we didn't have time to see much of the town but the streets were filling up with people....they must have a busy nightlife.  The buildings were in the Cape Cod style and we enjoyed what we did get to see.  We'll have to come back for a visit and maybe an over night stay.

Provincetown by the WaterThursday, August 30, 2012

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Wow.....look at those clouds and the soft colors.

Provincetown, MAThursday, August 30, 2012

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Lots of people walking around "P-town".  Got there just before dark, not a lot of time to look around.

Chatham, MAThursday, August 30, 2012
English immigrants settled Chatham in 1665, and the town was incorporated in 1712, it was named after Chatham, Kent, England.  The Manomoy Indians lived here before the white settlers arrived and their village was located near present-day Chatham.  Early prosperity from shipping, fishing and whaling is why there are so many charming 18th century buildings around today for all to enjoy.  Today it's a popular summer resort....lots of tourists.

To Alan, Chatham is the childhood home of his mother.  Her father was a Nickerson, one of the prominent families of Cape Cod.  His mother spent lots of time at The Children's Store and has memories of the house on Main Street (the one with the cannon) where she spent lots of time with her father.  Alan spent time as a youngster visiting his mom's side of the family.....imagine how much fun he had living by the sea.  So many boats, so little time.

Alan finally got to show me Cape Cod......he has been talking about it for years....and it really is as beautiful as he described.  I'm so glad he finally got to show me around Chatham.  We hope to return for another visit.


Chatham, MA 3Thursday, August 30, 2012

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So pretty....love the windmill, flowers and boats.

Chatham, MA 2Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Alan loved showing me around Chatham.  He got to show me where his mom lived as a child and all the building he loves so much.

Chatham, MAThursday, August 30, 2012

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Alan in front of his Grandpa Nickerson's home in the heart of Chatham.

Sandwich, MAThursday, August 30, 2012
Sandwich is a small seaside community located in northwest corner of Cape Cod in Barnstable County.  It was incorporated in 1639, making it the oldest town on Cape Cod and one of the oldest in the United States.  It was settled by immigrants from England and it was named after the seaport of Sandwich, Kent,  England.

It's one of Alan's favorite towns, he loves the charm and history and it's close to Chatham where his mother was raised.  Alan has wanted to show me Cape Cod for thirty years (that's how long we've been married).  He told me how much he loved the look of the buildings....the Cape Cod style.  We finally made it to the east coast and it is as charming and quaint as he described.


Sandwich, MAThursday, August 30, 2012

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Typical Cape Cod style home.

On The Way To Sandwich, MAThursday, August 30, 2012

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Mush, Alga and our girl loving the brilliant fall colors.  We had to stop and take pictures on the way to Sandwich....the autumn colors were breathtaking.

Myles Standish State Park, MAThursday, August 30, 2012
Myles Standish State Forest is not far from Plymouth and about 45 miles south of Boston.  It's the biggest publicly owned recreation area in this part of Massachusetts, that's why we saw houses and mailboxes!  The state forest is used for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and in-season hunting and fishing.  There are trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.  Sounds like a busy fun place to hang out.  We liked out drive through the forest and the lake made us stop and walk around awhile.

Myles Standish State Forest 2 Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Liked the way the light filtered through the trees.

Myles Standish State ForestThursday, August 30, 2012

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Great view of the lake.

Plymouth Rock - Pilgrim Memorial State ParkThursday, August 30, 2012
As we have all been taught in school, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620.  They wanted freedom of religion and objected to paying  taxes which supported the Church of England.  Traveling at that time was not for wussies!  They left England in September with 102 passengers and a crew of about 30 traveling across the cold and stormy Atlantic Ocean.  Their adventure to the New World took 66 days while traveling only about two miles per hour.  When they arrived it took them a few days to find the best spot to call home, they needed fresh water to survive, so they decided on Plymouth.  It was so cold that they used the Mayflower as shelter until it warmed up and they could build a fort to live in.  Plymouth Rock  was just a large rock sticking out of the water that allowed them easier access on and off the Mayflower.  Malnutrition and exposure to the cold killed about half of the Pilgrims the first winter.  In the spring of 1621, their new fort was finished and was just big enough for the people that survived.  We all need to be more grateful for all of life's little things....like heat and air conditioning!

Pilgrim Memorial State Park honors our first white settlers (Indians had been there for a long time).  It's good to remember how and why we became the United States.

Mayflower ReplicaThursday, August 30, 2012

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Mayflower replica pics from Pilgrim Memorial State Park.

Plymouth RockThursday, August 30, 2012

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Photos around Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth, MA.

Middleboro, MAThursday, August 30, 2012
Middleboro was settled by Europeans in 1661 as Nemasket, and officially incorporated as Middleborough in 1669....been around a long time. It is the cranberry capital of the world, headquarters of Ocean Spray Cranberries.  There are lots of Victorian homes and we took lots of photos!  We stayed at the KOA in our RV, we were told it was closing soon.  Great home base for all of our travels in the area.

Middleboro, MAThursday, August 30, 2012

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There are so many Victorian homes in Middleboro.

Taunton, MassachusettsThursday, August 30, 2012
Taunton sits on the Taunton River which winds though the city and is about 40 miles south of Boston, and around twenty miles to Providence or  Plymouth.  It was founded by settlers from Taunton in Somerset, England, and officially became a town on September 3, 1639.  The original land was purchased from the Nemasket Indians in 1637, the native families were relocated to current day Canton, MA.  Historically Taunton's economy was based on shipbuilding and silversmithing, today their ecomony relies on  electronics, semiconductor, and silicon manufacturing as a major source of income.  We enjoyed driving around the charming town...lots of Victorian homes and we always enjoy those.

Town of TauntonThursday, August 30, 2012

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Interesting churches, home and city views of Taunton, MA.

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