Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Week on Block Island

We spent the last seven days in my favorite of all beach locations:  Block Island.

Block Island is a small body of land off the coast of Rhode Island and it is spectacularly beautiful and unbelievably relaxing.

This is our seventh year renting on Block Island and we've never managed to get the same house twice.  Our 2011 House was on the southeast side and had a pretty view of the Southeast lighthouse from the second floor.  It was a pretty, modern and clean house but it was lacking in the view department.  For the first three days we were there, we didn't even know that you could see the ocean from our second floor master bedroom.  This was partially due to the fact that the ocean was pretty far away and partially due to the fact that it tends to be very foggy on this one side of the island.  

We've had all sorts of luck with rental houses.  Some houses have been dingy and depressing.  Other houses have been bright and beautiful.  You never really know what you are going to get.  If you are the type of person who needs to know what you are paying for before you put the money down, Block Island is not the place for you.

However, if you are the type of person who optimistically hopes for the best and tries not to get too upset when finding the worst... especially when the worst comes with miles of sandy coast line and fabulous family entertainment then Block Island may be your idea of heaven.  It sure is ours.

Block Island's famous Killer Donuts certainly fit into our idea of heaven:

We happily munched away on hot donuts twice during the week.

We also had our fill of the amazing sun and wonderful beaches.

And Gordy still got a lot of work done.  

I didn't bring my big camera to the beach, so all the photos from our time there are a little blurry.  I apologize.  It may be time for me to buy a new small camera.

You'll just have to squint to get a good idea of how much fun we had bogie boarding and digging in the sand.

Generally, we went to the beach in the mornings and stayed until lunch.  This custom started originally because our children are early risers and we brought them home in the early afternoon for a nap.

Now we bring them home in the early afternoon for more activity.

We checked out a nature trail called The Greenway this year.  It was very pretty.

And we did some exploring of the west side beaches we've never seen before.

There was also plenty of late afternoon reading time (or NOT reading and sulking time, depending on who you are):

and play in the super backyard.

We cooked on the grill most nights, but we did get to a few of our favorite restaurants

It was a fabulous week and we are all sad to be back home and back to the daily grind.

It's always sad getting back on the ferry for the ride home.

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