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Newport Cliff Walk

Posted by Stu On February - 1 - 2010

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Newport’s Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile long trail that winds along the shoreline and passes through 64 private properties, many of which are mansions.  Most of Newport’s most famous estates, like Rosecliff and The Breakers are along this path (we actually toured Rosecliff in May ‘09 but were not allowed to take photos inside, hence it not being on the site). Cliff Walk is featured in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

Along the way are also a few small tunnels and rocky sections.  We admittedly did not walk the entire trail but finished about 2/3 of it.  Again, most of the walkway runs over private property, so it’s recommended you stay on the path.  Our good friend PI is also quite common here; I think I’ve seen more poison ivy in Rhode Island than any other state I’ve been to.
Also, it’s called Cliff Walk for a reason; the ocean is a constant companion to one side, and it’s pretty far down.  So basically, don’t be an idiot.

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Popularity: 17% [?]

Mohegan Bluffs

Posted by Stu On February - 1 - 2010

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Photos taken May & October 2009

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Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.  Mohegan Bluffs, found on the southern end of Block Island, drop down nearly 200 feet to the beach below.  Centuries ago, much of the Mohegan tribe was forced over the cliffs by the Manisee tribe in a battle over control of the island.  Nowadays, the beach is an idyllic and somewhat secret tourist destination.

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There are over 100 steps that lead down to an overlook.  From there, it’s a bit of a challenge to reach the beach.  This is one of the few places I’ve been where a rope has been provided; there’s a piece of rope tied from near the bottom of the deck down to what looks like an old mast to help visitors get to the beach.

Also worth noting is that it’s somewhat of a popular custom to stack rocks or make things out of things washed ashore.

I admit, pictures do little justice; I’ve shot some videos and am hoping to post them sometime.

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Popularity: 20% [?]

Block Island Indian Cemetery

Posted by Stu On February - 1 - 2010

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I read about this cemetery after my first trip to Block Island and decided to look for it on my second trip.  I had never been to an “Indian” cemetery before and was curious to see one.  This graveyard was used by the Manisee tribe who originally inhabited the island.  Upon the introduction of white settlers, it was also used to inter slaves.  The natives’ graves are simply marked with rocks, although there are a few more recent headstones to be found as well.

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Popularity: 21% [?]

Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery

Posted by Stu On December - 29 - 2009

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Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery is the oldest in the US that’s run by an animal welfare group.  We originally came here because we read about a few celebrities’ pets being interred here, but it’s an impressive place so we stayed a while.  Some sections are especially old and showing their age.

There were 2 particular graves that we came here for, and all I had to do was turn around to find the first one:

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Igloo was Admiral Richard Byrd’s terrier and was there on his expedition to the South Pole, hence the iceberg-shaped stone.

On the way down the path to try and find our second goal, we sidetracked quite a bit and just walked around.

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After a while, we came across our next objective – Lizzie Borden’s dogs are buried here as well.

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We poked around a bit more, then headed for Rhode Island.

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Popularity: 17% [?]

Plymouth Rock

Posted by Stu On December - 28 - 2009

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Plymouth Rock, one of the oldest tourist attractions in the US, is just that – a rock.  Said to be where the Pilgrims first set foot in the New World, Plymouth is more of an ideal than an actual physical place, mostly because we aren’t 100% sure of the exact spot where the Pilgrims first touched ground.  This rock is really just a section of a larger one; this portion was cut off quite some time ago and has been moved around numerous times before being placed on the beach in Plymouth’s port.
And for the record, the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown first, not Plymouth.

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The Rock is the center of this monument, right at the shore.  It’s a decent drop down to it, and all the sides are gated to deter souvenir hunters from chipping off parts of it.

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As a friend told me before I left for my trip, “it’s just a rock.”  It sure is, and is probably more based in folklore than reality, but it’s still symbolic and one of the original pieces of Americana.

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Popularity: 16% [?]

Mayflower II

Posted by Stu On December - 28 - 2009

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Just up the road a bit from Plymouth Rock is the Mayflower II, which is by all accounts an accurate replica of the original ship of Pilgrim fame.  I couldn’t find any information anywhere on whether or not the ship’s to scale, but it’s likely nobody’s really sure what the original Mayflower’s measurements were.

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…anyway, essentially you’re paying to walk around on a boat.  Other than the inevitable “I’m on a boat” joke, unless you like history, you probably won’t care.  But if you don’t like history, what are you doing in Plymouth anyway?

There’s the standard “props to show you what life was like back then” deal aboard the boat.  Obviously, it’s all replicas.

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After roaming the boat for a bit, you’re greeted by a small, partially hands-on museum.  Some of the stuff’s pretty cool; check it out.  Might as well; you paid to get in here, you know?

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Popularity: 23% [?]

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