In 2011, my family and I visited Narragansett, Rhode Island, and that was the first time I realized I enjoyed writing about travel. During that vacation, I started one of my first blog experiments (there have been many), and wrote a diary of sorts chronicling our time there.

Since I have the blog — I never took it town for memories’ sake — I’m going to share some highlights from that week-long trip.

The trip to Rhode Island was also my first experience with a DSLR, and I took some of my first real photos with it.

Here were some of the trip’s highlights:

 

White Flower Farm in Litchfield, Connecticut

Along the way to Rhode Island, we stopped in Connecticut at White Flower Farm. While I don’t remember much about the stop, I do remember very clearly a gigantic tree on the property that I played around inside with my niece and nephew.

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Maura and Evan inside a gigantic tree at White Flower Farm, Conn., in 2011.

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Our rental home

I remember adoring the Cape Cod house the family rented for this trip. While the houses we stay in on most trips are wonderful, I remember this one being particularly nice. We were within walking distance of the beach, and had plenty of other things to do nearby,

 

Rental house in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Rental house in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

I noted in the online diary the first day of the trip that I tried lobster for the first time … and didn’t like it. Strange enough, I love it now, and am unable to eat it because I’ve developed a shellfish allergy.
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Mystic Aquarium

A notable stop during the trip was to Mystic Aquarium, where we went to escape some of the bad weather that we saw that kept us from laying on the beach. I wrote this on the diary:

This was the perfect way to spend a rainy day on the coast. The aquarium is huge, with outdoor and indoor activities and exhibits. We got to touch all sorts of cool creatures, like sting rays and small sharks.

Maura admiring a sea creature at Mystic Aquarium.

Maura admiring a sea creature at Mystic Aquarium.

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My niece, Maura and I at the aquarium.

My niece, Maura and I at the aquarium.

The beach

While, according to the online diary, it was quite rainy that week (I can’t seem to recall that), we still spent a lot of time at the beach nearby. We even went one evening in the rain.

Maura and Evan braving the chilly temps at the beach.

Maura and Evan braving the chilly temps at the beach.

 

My sister, Julie.

My sister, Julie.

 

It wasn’t all rain, though. Some of the pictures remind me of that.

My dad enjoying some time at the beach.

My dad enjoying some time at the beach.

A beach photo of me when I was super trendy.

A beach photo of me when I was super trendy.

 

Beaver Tail Lighthouse

Beavertail Lighthouse, built in 1856, is a major tourism spot in Rhode Island, marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay. One evening, we went to see the sun setting from the state’s iconic spot.

Beaver Tail Lighthouse, Rhode Island.

Beaver Tail Lighthouse, Rhode Island.

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My parents at the lighthouse.

My parents at the lighthouse.

 

Maura’s first blog post

Since Maura was just learning how to write and type, she wrote a post on the blog that week. I won’t share the whole thing — it’s basically a recap of everything mentioned above — but you have to admire her young blogging skills:

I am in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is a state. I am having lots of fun.

Today I went to the beach. It was fun! It was very sunny. There was a huge wave at the beach. It was really fun! We jumped little waves and I went body surfing. First my Dad helped me to body surf. Then I could body surf by myself. The lifeguard chairs are different compared to the ones in Delaware. They have a shade over the lifeguards.

We have chocolate chip muffins for breakfast. I will be staying here for a week. I left my house on August 13th.

 

During the trip, we made many more trips to the beach and also visited Block Island. I distinctly remember traveling by ferry … mainly because I remember the motion sickness I felt during the trip.

It was on Block Island that one of my favorite photos of my dad and I was taken:

My dad and I in Rhode Island.

My dad and I in Rhode Island.

 

It was certainly I trip I remember quite well, but I’m glad I had the blog to remind me of some of our family adventures.