Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It Went By In A Flash!

It seems like yesterday that my sons and I moved to the Rhode Island coast to spend four weeks at the beach.  This past Saturday, car packed practically to the roof, we headed back home. And I am once again amazed at how fast the time flew by. 

My husband came down a couple of times on the weekends, but he didn't stay long and didn't go to the beach.  The first week was pretty relaxing, breakfast at the house, an early walk on the private beach between Galilee and Sand Hill Cove, watching the fishing boats and ferries come in and go out at Point Judith, then the afternoons at the beach.  The weather was perfect, almost every day was sunny and hot, maybe an occasional shower, but nothing like the rain that fell in spring. 

I fondly refer to this as 'my' private beach

When my daughter Jaime came down during the second week, we spent more time at the private beach and also made my son's Surfin' USA music video.  David, who is completely tone-deaf, loves to sing.  And the more he likes the song, the louder he sings.  Some friends of ours said we should put him on You Tube, that his video would go viral (it hasn't), but he heard that comment and decided he wanted to make a video for You Tube.  The choice was between Toto's Rosanna or The Beach Boys' Surfin' USA.  Since we were at the beach, we decided on Surfin' USA.  We set up camp about midway down the private beach, and hopefully the waves drowned out the 'singing' for the unsuspecting residents!  Tripod up, an audio and video test and Take 1 was underway.  

Some of the early morning walkers went by, and several laughed, one gave a thumbs up and David was absolutely thrilled.  Another take and we decided to go with that!  Check it out, it's pretty funny!  Mikey was the back up dancer and he was pretty hilarious too, especially when he put his hands over his ears as he swayed back and forth!

David Sings Surfin' USA

Last year, we met a family originally from RI but who now lives in Connecticut.  Their three boys are a little younger than David & Mikey, but they all became fast friends last July.  Thanks to Facebook, their mom Mary & I kept in touch, meeting up at the beach in late August for one last 2011 beach day, and even planning a day trip this spring at Mystic Seaport.  

Mary's mother Marcia rents a house in Narragansett for five weeks but only three of their weeks coincide with ours.  Mary's sister Marci was also at the house and several of her eight brothers and sisters popped in for some family time throughout July.  

Mary and the boys arrived right before 4th of July and the kids picked up right where they left off last year, boogie boarding for hours and playing in the sand.  The baby, Nicholas, now nearly 3, kept up with the other boys and even acclimated himself to a boogie board!  They flew kites, played on the beach well after the lifeguards went home, played with a rocket blaster (nerf type) and nerf like air guns with foam bullets.  Mary, Jaime and I went to Champlins for seafood dinners and margaritas, and we saw some beautiful sunsets and even a couple of rainbows.

Fried Clams Dinner and Lobster Roll at Champlins in Galilee

Fishing Boats at Sunset in Galilee

Double Rainbow over the water at Scarborough Beach
Looked like the rainbow was sitting on the water.

Marcia, Marci and her two daughters, Jaime and I set up a little camp on the beach every afternoon.  Umbrellas went up, blankets were laid out, coolers got lined up, beers and Mike's Lemonades flowed freely for the hours of debates, conversation and just plain old sunbathing.  Linda, one of my closest friends who also lives at the beach for the summer and Cindy, the daughter of my landlords, also met up with us on the beach.  

Another close friend of mine, Lori, rented a house in nearby Bonnet Shores.  She and her daughter Gianna joined me, Cindy, Cindy's friend Cheryl and our kids for a Lighthouse Sunset Tour around Narragansett Bay.  The ride took almost 2 hours and we went through Newport Harbor which was absolutely gorgeous.  In addition to the massive yachts and various sized sailboats in the harbor, we also saw Eric Clapton's boat the Blue Guitar, although no sign of Clapton himself.

Plum Beach Lighthouse - Near Jamestown Bridge

The Blue Guitar - Eric Clapton's boat.

There were a couple of nights playing Mexican Train Dominos at Linda's house, and espresso martinis.  I held three movie nights, featuring 80's comedies that the boys could watch:  Weekend at Bernies 1 & 2 and Tootsie, complete with microwave popcorn and pina coladas for the adults.  

I remembered Mary mentioning breakfast in Galilee and there was a small snack bar called Salty's Landing right in the beach pavilion, so Jaime and I decided to try it.  There were young kids working the cash register in the front, but an older gentleman in the back who prepared the food.  And the breakfasts were wonderful.  French toast and bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches as well as a full egg, bacon, home fries and toast dish were all made fresh and tasted heavenly.  I can't believe it took us this long to give Salty's Landing a try!.

And our last week was almost done.  What had happened? A few months ago, summer seemed to be illusive, with the weather unseasonal even for New England.  But as I sit here scanning through photos, reflecting on our perfectly hot and sunny beach days and writing about our adventures, I am incredulous as to how again the time went by in a flash!

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