Sunday, July 15, 2018

More Family visits, Rhode Island and Maine

It is super great this year to be able to add a few visits to see family members across New England.  This time we headed down to Southwestern Rhode Island.  Always a pleasure to see grand daughter Emilie.

We thought it was fantastic that Gary wanted to share some barbecued striped bass that he  had caught.  But then he also added his own , made from scratch ,peach pie.  Delicious!

Some plating help and a team effort from Linda who also makes a great salad.
Not only a beautiful Saturday, but Gary actually had a day off.
A wonderful trip to Browning Mill Pond in the Arcadia Management Area of Southwestern Rhode Island. A bit of exercise with a hike around the pond.

It is always interesting to notice the things you have taken for granted over so many years.  Not just seeing a lily pond, but for us ,to see a lily pond in bloom--just absolutely beautiful.

And then---
Add in an all blue dragon fly.

Since Gary works almost every Saturday, he never has a chance to visit a local brewery called the Tilted Barn. Only open on Fridays and Saturdays.  Sooooooo--who were we to say no?

This large farm, as we understand it, is a producer of hops for local breweries. It has fairly recently been producing its own brews , some of which are listed above.   I had a Lil Libby-shared with Jan- and Gary had a Raffi Stout with Lactose(which I still don't get) but tasted very smooth.
Web page for The Tilted Barn

The thing about this place is that some people--and it was quite a popular spot----who arrive later might find that some selections are sold out for the day.  Gary has two choices and fresh eggs from hens that wander the yard.  We like the T-shirt worn by the bartender, "No Farms, No Beer"

Yes--it says Raffi.
Not made by Raffi, but inspired by "Oats and beans and barley grow"
We know--you have that song in your head.
So here is the link to Raffi's Oats and Beans and Barley Grow

Lots of room at the farm for a place to set your chair hand have a sip.  They even had a food truck with pulled pork and other items.
Back in Alfred, Maine, Scott was able to come up with Lucas and Lilly.  They, and Sean and Madison ,set up tents so they could enjoy the campground, the swimming pool, and a campfire.

Guess who is turning 14?
Good to have two younger cousins to help open the gifts.

Lucas had a great spot to practice riding his bicycle. Lilly and Lucas both enjoyed the fairy village created by one of the campers. 

The kids all love the display. 
Good to know that the camper plans to add another one soon.
Always nice to visit Billy's Chowder House in Wells, Maine.
Jan and I used to come here with my Mom and Dad many years ago. Then our kids would often have a chance to visit as well. So, now the 4th generation is still enjoying some great shrimp, steamers, fried oysters, seafood chowder,veggie burger, lobster roll , grilled haddock sandwich, and a seafood sampler of baked stuffed shrimp, baked haddock, and baked scallops.

This weekend at the campground we are treated to a visit by the Noreastern GMC owners group.  There were about 13 units, all manufactured between 1973 and 1978.
Some look very modern with new paint jobs and other improvements.
The webpage above has some great pictures of the interiors as well.

A classic look , even 45 years later.

A fun day with Keith and Alison.  
A little cloudy, so we had an adventure tour through Shapleigh, Newfield, Cornish, and more. Beautiful back roads of Maine.
This is a spot that Alison found on the app Only in your
This was Limington Rapids Rest Area, right off Route 25.
Earlier, Keith and Alison stopped at a restaurant they had found , Bay Haven Lobster Pound in Cornish, Maine.
What an excellent meal. Fresh baked rolls to start, excellent scallops, haddock, and fried clams, real home made french fries, and a great cole slaw too!
Yelp page for Bay Haven Lobster Pound Two
There is also a webpage for Bay Haven but it seems to load slowly.

Only a few people this day, but a popular spot for tubing, and swimming on the Saco River.

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