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Narragansett Bay

This is the view of Narragansett Bay from Green Animals in Portsmouth, RI.


Green Animals

While in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, we also visited Green Animals Topiary Garden. It is reputed to be the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. It has a number of sculpted plants and wonderful flowerbeds all set on Narragansett Bay. It is part of a former estate and is now managed by the same group that manages many of the Newport mansions. Note: The rabbit was quite real.

Rail Explorers

Last week, we went with friends to Rail Explorers in Portsmouth Rhode Island. They give you the opportunity to pedal quadricycles along closed rail tracks. They have locations in three states. Rhode Island is the closest and also offers ocean views along part of the trail. After three miles, you stop and get out for a break. While you do, the staff uses a hydraulic turntable to turn the quadricycles around for your journey back. Of course, the tracks were all decorated for Halloween.

A Brief Respite

Last weekend, we took advantage of my having four days off from teaching to have a quick vacation to Montreal.  It was a fast vacation but we savored it because it was our first time away together in exactly two years.  We focused more on time together rather than on making images or seeing any special sights.  We know the city well and enjoyed some old favorites as well as exploring a bit of Griffintown.  Please excuse the less than sharp quality of some of these images; they were made with my iPhone.