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Friday, August 27, 2010

Finally a sunny day in Rhode Island

The sun came out at last here in Rhode Island.  My sister, brother in law and my twin niece and nephew are visiting and the first four days of their visit were rainy -- after almost no rain for a month.  We were about out of indoor ideas so we were happy to get out for a day in Newport.  We took the new Family audio tour of the Breakers where the tour guide is the house and the focus is on what it would be like to be a kid living there.  It was great and my 4 year old niece and nephew actually wore their head phones and listened.  Emma was our tour leader and made sure that we all pressed our play buttons at the same time so we would be listening to the same things together. Next we had some lunch and then drove around the Ocean Drive and stopped at Brenton Point to look out to sea and climb around on the rocks -- this was a huge hit and the kids had a great time.
Emma, on the rocks at Brenton Point (Newport)

Mia and Nick outside the playhouse at the Breakers (Newport)

Nick climbing on the rocks at Brenton Point

Mia on the rocks at Brenton Point
Our last stop was at Fort Adams where we went on a tour of the Fort. This wasn't open to the public when Jim and I lived in Newport in the early to mid nineties.  It was a terrific tour -- if a bit long for the 4 year olds.  The coolest thing about it is that we got to go into the listening tunnels under the fortifications.  We all carried flash lights and even went into the 4.5 ft high tunnels.  I highly recommend this tour.  We were on the last tour of the day at 4pm and didn't finish until 5:15pm! Then we had Dell's Lemonade and watching sail boats go in and out of Newport Harbor.  Really -- a terrific day and we were so impressed with how great the kids were! 
Nick and Mia watching sail boats in Newport Harbor
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