Sunday, December 11, 2016

Epic Fall Road Trip - Part VIII: Rhode Island and Connecticut

Friday, November 4th:

After visiting the Nobska Lighthouse we drove west to Newport, Rhode Island, so we could go on the Cliff Walk. We found parking by Easton's Beach and so began our walk.

[Easton's Beach]

The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile long walk along the shoreline from Easton Beach to Reject's Beach. The path goes from paved, to unpaved, to a path made of flattened rocks, to climbing through and around boulders. The hike is 3.5 miles one way and we only had three hour parking so we decided to walk for 1.5 hours and then we would turn around and walk back.


The Cliff Walk is lined with some of the famous Newport mansions and chateaus. I don't blame them for setting up camp here. If I had the money I surely would! 



[View across Easton Bay at Middletown]

[Ochre Court]

[The Breakers] 

[Marble House] 



[Rough Point - One of my favorites!]

[The path is getting a little rough] 

The hike was stunning! The views out over Easton Bay and the Atlantic AND the beautiful mansions made it all worth it! We ended up completing the hike in 90 minutes (the recommendation is 3 hours) and instead of taking the Cliff Walk back 3.5 miles to our SUV, we decided to walk back through town. We made it back to the SUV in just under three hours! Phew!

After getting the SUV, we headed into downtown Newport to find some lunch. 

[Cute downtown touristy area]

I wanted some more lobster before we left New England so we went to Brick Alley's Pub. I, of course, got the lobster mac n cheese and Josh, of course, got the hot wings. And yes, they were hot. They made Josh sign a waiver before they would make them. 

[All ready to go!]

[He said they were hot but really tasty! I tried a small bite and can testify that they were HOT!]

The waiter was very impressed. He told us that super macho guys come in there just to try the wings and they end up crying and quitting after just a few bites. He said he had never seen anyone finish the plate or ENJOY them like Josh did. The dude is CRAZY!

After lunch we drove over a series of beautiful high bridges to the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. We arrived at sunset and went to the museum but everything was already closed. Bummer.

We drove down the street to the Mystic River Park where we were able to get some great pictures of the Mystic River from the Main Street Bridge.



We left Mystic and drove to Milford, Connecticut where we stayed the night and prepared for our next stop... NEW YORK CITY!

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