Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spectacular Seashores

After lunch, we head down the street to the Mystic Seaport museum, quite recommended in all my research. Upon arrival, we are given a map of the 17-acre property and a very helpful man, Bob, gives excellent touring suggestions, as there is more here than we could have imagined. It becomes apparent immediately why this place received such high marks.

There are ships to board and tour, a full scale miniature of old Mystic, art exhibits, interactive 18th century shops, including printing, clocks, drugstore, metal, rope - too many to name, all incredibly informative. Not what we'd seek out, but we find ourselves completely enthralled and are pleased to discover we can return tomorrow to complete the wealth of options afforded here as the three hours we've spent has just made a dent. This is one cool place!

As our day winds down, we decide to try the Steak Loft, also highly recommended. Upon arrival, we discover a gem of a place and on Monday nights in the lounge, a jazz trio that is unbelievably good. We are able to order off the dining room menu here and share a delicious steak, have amazing service, and watch a 90-minute set of some of the best jazz you can imagine. A perfect end to this rainy but lovely day.

We check out of our place in the morning and head back to the seaport museum to finish our tour.

Most of the interpreters are volunteers who are incredibly knowledgeable and forthcoming in sharing all there is to know of this little seaport's history. You can feel their enthusiasm and pride as they openly discuss. After several more hours here, we get on the road to travel the short distance to Newport.

Again, the weather is mostly overcast, but the drive into Rhode Island as pretty as where we've been in Mystic. The Atlantic shoreline is spectacular! We find our new home sitting across from this ocean and settle in. The Newport Beach Hotel and Suites is a great find. Everyone is helpful, our room comfortable, if a bit small, but with an incredible view! On site dining is a plus due to the inclement weather and we meet several other travelers this evening, sharing information of the New England area - very helpful as we plan this section. We have a really fun evening and retire, looking forward to exploring Newport in the morning!

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