I suppose you could say that we became somewhat derailed the night before. At Girl's Night. With lots of good food. Like Honey Stung Drummies, and fresh fruit , and yummy cheese and crackers and Marbled Brownies and Sandra's "Secret Satanic Dip", and Smoked Turkey with Cilantro mayonnaise on Cranberry Walnut Bread with Roasted Banana Pudding, Pie Fries and icy cold pitchers of fruity Sangria and Mike's Hard Lemonade. Whew. What can I say? When my "peeps" get together, there's always too much food.
Since Sandy and I were headed out early to catch the 9am ferry out of Boston, she stayed over my house.Thinking that 90 minutes would be more than enough time to travel the 21-mile route into the city, we left my house early, happily chatting about the day ahead. After sitting in stop-and-go traffic for more than an hour however, we grimly realized that our proverbial ship had already set sail for Provincetown.
Now what? A Whale Watch cruise was initially thrown into the mix....until we realized that we would both have to buy sweatshirts before we boarded the boat. After all, even though it is late July, the air temperature five miles off the coast can be brrrrisk! Um...do they make sweatshirts that say, "We missed the boat to P-Town and all we got was this *;%# sweatshirt" ? Should we go to Gloucester? Rockport? Or should we just continue with our original idea and make the 3 hour drive to Provincetown? No. No. No. Wait.................what about.....................
Newport. As in Rhode Island.
Although it's a mere 1 hour and 15 minute ride from where I live, I have never been there. I know. I know. Insane. But I've been in a deep, deep relationship with Cape Cod most of my life....and as you know, when you are in a committed relationship, you have no need to look elsewhere. Until you break up. Then you're free to roam. And explore.
....and so we did.
...and I think I'm in love again.
Luckily, Sandy spent happy summers in Newport as a child, and was quite familiar with our surroundings. It was a good thing, as I was just too awestruck to be of any help. We visited one of the famous Newport Mansions...........The Breakers. It was the Vanderbilts summer "cottage". See it there in the picture?? With the red roof? First castle on the left. (Name that movie!)
Photography was not allowed anywhere inside the house, but this is the view from the upper balcony.
I was awestruck.
Sandy was overwhelmed. :)
Even as she lay flat out on the ground, doesn't she look fetching in my new hat?
All you have to do is pull up a chair.