Connecticut and Rhode Island

Tuesday 16th June, 2015

We had quite a bit of rain after leaving New York so spent some time just relaxing in a small campground in the boonies.  Our feet needed a rest anyway.

We stopped by for a visit with our good friends Chris and Peter in Connecticut.  Thank you for your nice long driveway to park our home.  It was super to catch up on good times.


We met in the Air Force in New Mexico back in the 1980’s

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We stopped for a week in Rhode Island.  I think Oregon has counties bigger than this state. A trip to Block Island, just off the coast was fun.  I had never seen cars backing onto a ferry before. Back in, drive off was the standard.

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We thought this decommissioned lighthouse had some real character.


We both had to give the “Crane Stance” a try.

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This home business had quite a few wooly animals. Dean enjoyed giving them a snack.  The alpacas had already been shorn.

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The garage had been converted to a yarn shop.  The owners use the wool from their animals to make beautiful yarns.

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We haven’t seen many turnstiles in this country (Gazillions of them in England).  The rhododendrons were out in full force.

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Those dots in the water are people digging up clams. As soon as the tide went out the area was packed with clammers. After our fishing fiasco last year in Alaska we prefer to obtain our seafood from the supermarket.


I like the way the water tower by the campground was multitasking the cell transponders.


An old WW II fortification has been completely covered in colorful artwork. I can’t imagine how many cans of spray paint it took.


These belted cows are pretty unusual.

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Moving on to New Hampshire and Maine.



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11 Responses to Connecticut and Rhode Island

  1. pat clark says:

    Oh my goodness…. All so fun to see and read, all, as usual…. The belted cows, are from Scotland I do believe. Saw a few in Oregon… Unusual… The Roddies a favorite also in Oregon…Very brave stance on the huge “rock” ????…. A wonderful trip… so envy you. in a good way…Soon to be in Maine, my first home, from Nebr, after my marriage in Texas, during the war…. Presque Isle…..The Alpacas are so cute, and soft… There are several huge ranches in central, Or.. also. Their wool is in great demand I was told..They make little noise just tiny Mews…I would have loved to see their yarn makings… How fun… You two are still such a special couple…. Paul has been in Colo. for about a week now, helping David, ? work on a campground, cleaning dead brush, before fire season…..David lives here, not sure of his last name…. Wife works in the library here…has sent a couple of text messages…He has really become quite the master of “wooden bowl” making…Has made some very pretty bowls,and very excited in doing it… He is a talented man in artistry…A nice friend. Thanks for all, and fun to keep up on your travels…Keep enjoying your life…… Just celebrated my big 90 last month. Feel no diff. so far… Friend Pat Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:32:06 +0000 To:

    • Pat,
      First of all, Happy belated Birthday. Thanks so much for your kind comments. If we ever get back to Gold Canyon I know Dean wants to make more wooden bowls. I bet Paul would be able to give him many tips.

  2. melvin kirkwood says:

    Retirement looks good. Hope to see you in Chicago

  3. Jon and Calleen says:

    we call those cows ‘Oreo cookies!’ – I have been working on our 1926 4 story, 4 bedroom rental to now sell. This is my 4th week, boy what a job! Thanks for the update. Jon and Calleen

  4. Gina says:

    Hi Rose & Dean, it’s wonderfull to hear all the news on your trips. I think I will award you a 10 for your Crane stance & Dean a 5. You need to take up knitting with all that beautiful available, a nice throw for your bed etc. I get back to England on the 14 July so we must FaceTime. We have eventually got wifi down at the caravan site, so maybe when the tribe are gathered we can have a catch up. Keep writing on your Bus Stop love seeing the pictures. Loads of love to you both xxxxGina & Eric (although he’s not with me here!!) 😘😘

  5. Gina says:

    Missed the word ‘wool’ out after beautiful, sorry trying to write to you & watch Abi. xxxxxxG

  6. Janell Wheelock says:

    Hello Dean and Rose!  We are enjoying your travels….where to after Maine?!  We are in Molokai again.  Kevin has been here now 3 times and this is my second trip.  He arrived 26 May and I came over 3 June.  We are in the middle of a bathroom remodel and converting a closet into a second bathroom, adding a small closet to the room that just lost it’s.  We made all decisions (mostly) before we departed thank goodness.  Project was to be finished by end of May but you know how that goes.  it is actually not bad monitoring the remodel from afar!  Kevin awakes each morning at 5 am to disarming the house alarm and then alarms it again later in the day.  I am able to have my weekly meetings with mom’s nursing home in Ohio via teleconference.   Home on Saturday…but to return to Molokai again!  Aloha, Janell and Kevin Wheelock

    • Hi Guys
      Sounds like you are enjoying the Aloha State. Is the remodeling on the house in Seattle? Any plans on moving to Hawaii? Do you still have your camper? Hopefully we will meet up again one of these days.
      We are planning on spending some time in the White Mountains in New Hampshire after Maine then maybe the Adirondacks in New York.

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