June 3, 2011

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 25, 2011

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Melville Ponds Campground

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Today we woke up to much cooler weather.  Although still very nice, 55 degrees is very different than the 95 degrees we left in West Chester!  At night I had to grab an extra blanket to keep warm.  As the day progressed it became a perfect 75 degrees and sunny.

We left the campground at 10:30 after the girls spent some time outside playing and a breakfast of eggs, fruit, and milk.  We then proceeded to the town of Mystic, which was only 15 minutes away.  We parked at the Mystic Seaport, which was not exactly what I expected.  It is a large museum similar to Williamsburg, VA where you pay to enter and walk around.  It looked interesting, but since we had only a few hours we chose instead to walk along the water to the town of Mystic.  This was a very nice small town, lined with many stores and a draw bridge in the center of town.  Katelyn is having fun identifying all of the bridges (note to Mrs. HR that your classwork is being put to very good use!) we are observing!   Emma has been a bit preoccupied with going into stores to spend her $21, and I am encouraging her to be patient because it will be gone fast!  She has thus far taken the advice, but she does want to buy everything she sees!  We took several nice pictures and then proceeded back to the RV where I made a lunch of peanut butter and banana.

There has been much discussion and some fighting about what each girl will 'collect' from each state.  Flowers, rocks, leaves, etc.  I expect that after 5 states they will be bored of it!  I encouraged Emma to focus on taking nice pictures, and she can make a "Book of Emma" featuring her in every state, and now she is excited about that.

From Mystic, we took the short drive into Rhode Island, and proceeded to the southernmost tip of Watch Hill, RI.   I selected this town because on the map I saw that there is a nice lighthouse, and after pulling in we all liked the choice.  Upon arriving in Watch Hill, we went to a spectacular beach that was virtually empty.  We practically had it to ourselves, and the girls could have easily stayed there all day.   In hindsight I think I should have let them stay and play, but I didn't want them to get all sandy and then have to shower.  We took some great pictures with the Watch Hill lighthouse and Fishers Island in the background.

We then drove along Route 1, which proceeds along the Rhode Island coast.  There are so many amazing houses, or mansions!  There is some serious money up here!!  It is a really spectacular coastline, and a place that we could certainly spend more time...but we need to keep moving!

We left Watch Hill and proceeded Northeast to our campground in Portsmouth.  It was a nice drive along the coast, and we crossed over 2 very large bridges.  The roads were nice, although bumpy in some places since we stuck to secondary roads.  After several stops, we arrived at Melville Ponds Campground at 6:30pm.  It was a long day for the girls, so I purchased some firewood and made a fire for them to roast smores.  We ate dinner, enjoyed smores, and the girls took a shower before going to bed.  Tonight Katelyn slept with me, and everyone had a good nights sleep.

One important reflection on the trip thus far:  I need to slow down a bit with the girls and perhaps cover less, but in more detail.  An example is that we should have stayed on the beach in Watch Hill longer.  Moving too much seems to put stress on them, and I believe they will enjoy the trip less and also not learn as much.  This is an ongoing challenge because I am always wanting to cover as much ground as we can, and to try to do 'everything'.  However, I need to keep reminding myself that they are 8, 9, and 10 year old kids who want to be kids.  With that in mind, I have decided that we will not make the drive to the end of Cape Cod tomorrow.  Although it is supposed to be a great drive, it is over 50 miles each way once we reach Cape Cod, on roads that are single lane.  Thus, we are talking about over 3 hours of driving, which will make for a very rushed day.  Instead, we will take the shorter path to Plymouth, Mass to spend the afternoon there, and then proceed back to the campground earlier so the girls can settle in and have some play time.  Although I am disappointed we will not see Cape Cod, I think this is a much better option. 

Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox are on Sunday, and I am excited for that trip!
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