Monday, February 13, 2012

Trip to Block Island

As I looked back on 2011s pictures I realized that I had uploaded photos to Face Book without doing anything for the blog.  I have quite a bit of catching up to do!

On September 30th, Abram flew me to Block Island for the day.  Here is a picture from the plane of the island.

I believe it was the first time I flew in the plane we have a partnership in.  Here's the Cesna 182 in the hanger.  This is the four passenger plane.  There is a six passenger plane in the partnership, but Abram needs more flying hours to fly that one with the family.

The cool thing is that we leave the car in the hanger while we fly. 

After landing in Block Island we began walking into town.  I noticed a hedge of hydrangea bushes.  I laughed seeing the one blue flower amongst all the purple ones.  Block island is small in quaint. 

In town we walked around and found some very interesting shops.  We were there off season so most of the restaurants were not open for lunch. 

We found Carmen's Closet

I loved the Peppered Cat.  Sarai is always calling me "Sassy Momma" and this picture reminded me of a sassy lady!  It was paired next the the Salty Dog. 

While we ate our lunch, which by the way was delicious, I saw the best tandem couple I've seen so far.  They had a special dog carrier for the bike!  The dog is on the back.  It jumped right in and road away with them. What a great way to travel together.

Abram ordered fish and chips.  The fish was huge.  It was almost two inches thick and four inches long. He had two huge pieces.  I had a lobster salad.  Getting sea food right from a pier store is the best!

After lunch we ventured off to find Abram's Farm.  I wasn't sure what we would see, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Abram's farm is a refuge for exotic animals.  Here is a lama.  They use the fur from their lamas to make yarn. 

There were several lemurs.

This is a tortoise.  He doesn't seem large until you read that he is under 5 years old.  He did seem fast for a tortoise.  Tortoises grow until they are 20.  This one was donated to Abram's farm from a tortoise reserve because he was going to be too big for them.  Can you imagine how large this animal will be after growing for another 15 years!  Wow!

This was one of the strangest animals I have learned about yet.  This is a Zedonk.  It is a cross between a zebra and a donkey.  This is becoming a new animal in different zoos.  It was peacefully hanging out with the lamas in the large fields they had.

There were red kangaroos, too. 

After finding Abram's farm we tried to find the fastest way to walk to a bike rental place.  Here is a photo of what walking/hiking is like with Abram.  According to the map we had this was a real trail.  It led us behind houses and into what seemed to be rental house's back yards.  I was thankful it was off season and most of these places seemed empty.  The "path" did lead us to the bike place.  We had our pick of bikes and off we were to bike the rest of the island. 

It was a beautiful day, a bit cool, but perfect for biking.  We did not bring sunscreen and both of us were a bit red by the end of the day. 

We found lighthouses
Fish out of water!  This was a cool sculpture sticking out of the water on one of the roads we biked. 

The man at the bike rental place recommended we find this beach.  It was secluded and beautiful.  I am always grateful when locals tell us of great finds and unique places to go.  It always add to our adventure.  There staircase down to the beach was steep.  Here's the view from up top.

I found my name, on a bike, at the bike rack at the top of the staircase.

We sat on some rocks near the base of the staircase.
This is the beach view. 

Just an amazing view and a beautiful day together!

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