“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.” Helen Keller
It’s the briney, cool breeze. It’s the calming, repetitive waves. It’s the smallness of the towns and roads. It’s the trees – so many trees. There are endless reasons I love returning to the New England coast, where I spent those first formative 18 years of my life. Last month, we got the opportunity to trek back (after being away for five years!) to my heartland for a few days and soak up as much salt water and sea air as possible.
The friends we were staying with let us borrow their car for the afternoon and we had a blast just roaming the tiny towns and boroughs that hug the rocky shore.
This looked like a good place to stop and enjoy our sandwiches…
I couldn’t get enough of the shingles and white trim and it will always be my dream to re-decorate the outside of my Midwest home to remind me of these coastal beauties.
A wonderful surprise of poking around this town was realizing how close we were to the little island that I lived on for two summers after high school – it’s sitting past the boats just on the horizon.
I could handle that kind of view at the end of my street.
It was just too beautiful of a day not to splurge on the ridiculous expensive tourist ice cream. Believe it or not, I think this is our only food picture from the trip. I don’t know what happened, people.
The next day we went hiking at a state park that is right on the water. I think that was basically my goal ever day – get to the water.
This must be what I look like when I am soaking up the sea. I had a lot of soaking to do after being gone for five years.
On another day, we took a little bit of a drive to hit up the cliff walk in Newport, RI. Definitely some amazing views!
All I can think about when I see a house like this is how long it would take to clean. And how I would never want to have that responsibility.
The last day of our visit, the three little boys of our dear friends finally started to warm up to Thomas (or as they called us, “the people”!).
Just before heading out of town, I was able to sneak in some time with this lovely lady. We go way back to when we were littles, but distance has gotten the better of us most of the time, so it was great to catch up and hear what her adult life looks like right now.
Literally hours before we pulled away, I finally remembered to get a picture with my dear friend and our wonderful host! I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t in my life and I love how through many years and seasons of life we have remained friends. She is one of the gals I lived with on that tiny island for two summers and, let me tell you, nothing brings two people together like exterminating mosquito larvae.
I loved going back and visiting some of my old haunts with my HUSBAND (last time we were there, he proposed so we obviously weren’t married yet). It felt good to bring the old and the new together.
What places and parts of God’s creation fuel your soul?