It’s here! Summer Picnic Season!
Mr. Fun and I started ours out on a glorious, windy day with a trip across Long Island Sound to Block Island, picnic bag in hand.
Just off the tip of Long Island, New York, Block Island is actually part of the state of Rhode Island. Yes, lots of islands here! It’s a bit farther than Martha’s Vineyard, but not as far as Nantucket if you are taking a ferry from the Rhode Island or Massachusetts coasts. During the many years we have travelled to these three vacation islands we have experienced water conditions of all sorts, from calm, flat seas to huge rolling waves and gusty winds, and beyond to conditions where I wanted to kiss the ground upon arrival on whichever shore. The ferry boats are small, and the ocean is huge. And we have been trapped on the islands a few times due to conditions which made air or boat travel impossible. BUT we always go back.
On this occasion I noticed that our progress was being monitored by this drone. Unfortunately I had left my light saber at home.
Cue the rescue music!
At the approach of this line of geese the drone scooted back to the shore.
As we continue across the Sound, the Rhode Island coast vanishes and for awhile water, water is everywhere, but soon the Block Island coast, with its North Light at Sandy Point, comes into view. This light had been decommissioned but was recommissioned in 1996 by popular demand! The light is the tiny raised dot at the tip of the land. When I am out on the ocean it is so easy to imagine how welcoming and reassuring the lighthouse must have been long ago, before modern navigational equipment was developed. These waters hold many sunken ships.
As we approach the island it is easy to see the sandy cliffs, Mohegan Bluffs. They have been eroded by recent hurricanes and winter storms.
The lighthouse on these cliffs, the haunted Southeast Light, was moved in 1993 to save it from falling into the sea. The fog horn sounds every 30 seconds and you might wonder how anyone can stand this constant, repetitive sound, but after an hour or so it becomes background noise, and quite comforting!
This is what the cliffs look like here, from the viewpoint of the lighthouse lawn.
Going down is easy. 🙂 I must have been a little dizzy here. Look at the horizon line!
Mr. Fun had earlier asked me if we would be picnicking on this beach, and I could see him holding his breath, thinking of carrying our gear down (and then back up) these stairs. But I assured him that we would be going out to another spot. We headed for the North Light beach, passing the salt pond on the way.
But it was too windy! Even the seagulls were battling the gusts, flying low over the waves.
So we headed to yet another beach.
It was still quite windy on this side of the island but the beach was deserted. A perfect place for a picnic!
Orange and purple seem to be everywhere this year, in home and gardens alike, I think a reaction to the colors chosen by the color industries for the colors of the year: washed out ’80s dirty pink and faded blue from Pantone, and white from BM. So, I pulled out my bright orange Bean Bag, appropriately monogrammed, added some colors of the sea, and some delicious picnic food.
My picnic bag held everything, including sandwiches wrapped in deli paper, lemonade, festive straws, plastic dishes (no glass allowed on the beach!) and my usual little toys.
Also, New England clam chowder (that means NO tomatoes and otherwise the recipe is up for debate), a delicious melon and berry salad, and a broccoli, chick pea and tomato salad which I was trying, and I will not give you the recipe because it was soggy! Not a good way to eat broccoli!
Did I forget to take a picture of the dessert? I know I had brownie bites in pretty paper with little pinwheel picks!
I must have been having too much fun playing in the sand!
Of course when one is relaxing at the beach a good book is required for proper snoozing mode.
I found the horseshoe crab and seaweed on the beach and added them to the treasures I brought with us. Did you know that I spent some time teaching at an outdoor education center, using my biology degree to teach kids about nature, beach, pond life, trees…? It was very hard work and I loved every minute of it. Then I taught at a real, four brick walls big city huge suburb school for a few years and decided I would be reduced to rags, financially and emotionally, if I continued, so off to law school I went.
I STILL love to explore the shore and find periwinkles and other sea creatures! Sometimes I find them at Pottery Barn! 🙂
Mr. Fun mentioned that eating like this on a beach was only possible when people had servants to haul the goods. I pointed out to him that he was, indeed, eating like this on the beach, and he reminded me that I had in fact brought my servant along. So I made him hold the pinwheels.
In honor of Picnic Season, I would like to give one of my friends a Bean Bag to use for picnics or another exciting adventure. It is properly called an L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, but no one in New England would ever say that. We know them as Bean Bags and there are few homes, especially at the shore, without at least one! Just leave me a comment telling me something ~~ where do you picnic ~ have you read A Gift From the Sea and what did you think ~ have you been to Block Island ~ do you like pinwheels ~ are you a lighthouse fan? ~ what did you do before blogging became an obsession ~ OR anything else you would like to share! You can choose your bag color and add the monogram of your choice. See them HERE. (this is a large, regular handles, no zip). If you get my posts by email add another comment telling me so. And if I get more than 20 comments I’ll give away two bags because sharing is indeed fun!
Thank you for coming along with me on my adventures! Don’t forget to pack a picnic soon!
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