Rhode Island (aka, home)

Orange sunrise over the Narragansett Bay

Home Sweet Home

I’ve lived in Rhode Island for about 5 years now.  I always wake up thankful that I’ve found my place in the world. I definitely haven’t always felt this way about places I’ve lived.

What makes Rhode Island home?

Every day I wake up to a view of the Narragansett Bay, but the view is always unique. Sometimes the sky is has so many clouds enhancing the sunrise that it looks like a watercolor painting. On days like these, the water is usually calm enough to send back a mirror reflection of the sun and the clouds. Other days I wake up to the sound of waves pounding the shore.  Sometimes it’s so foggy that I can’t even see to the water, and when I wake and the sky is red, I know there’s a storm coming. No matter what,  watching the sun rise up over the bay is a mystical experience.

Sunrise on Narragansett Bay
Rhode Island morning

Wildlife and Nature

The birds are always around, and on mornings when it’s warm enough to have the windows open I’m awakened by their chorus. Usually this is a good thing, but the flocks don’t take a rest when I’m all set to sleep in. Blue jays, cardinals, ravens, sea gulls, sparrows, and so many more – I should probably get a guide book and learn the rest of them. Swans join us in the winter, and the sound of them taking off across the water is one of my favorite sounds in the world. Hawks join us in the summer. I had the incredibly amazing experience of watching them teach their babies how to fly on the wind this past year. I was so enthralled that I couldn’t move away to get my camera, but I hope to get some good video and pictures this coming summer (stay tuned!).

Swans on the Narragansett Bay
Swans on the bay

Along with the birds comes the chattering of the squirrels. There are a couple nests in the tree right outside my front door, and there are at least 5 squirrels residing in them. I’ve adopted them and given them all the name Snickers. Yes, I have about 5 squirrels named Snickers. They greet me from the tree when I come home, and during the inevitable blizzards and storms I give them sunflower seeds. They’ve even accepted that the yard belongs to Merlin, although they have no problem holding staring contests with him when they know he’s safely behind the sliding glass door.

I walk the beach every day. I’ve been down there in blizzards and rain storms, on days the temperature never went above zero and on days the heat from the sand made me feel like my flip-flops were melting. I’ve seen deer, coyote, and fox. Jellyfish and horseshoe crabs each have their seasons (and you’ve never quite lived until you’ve seen a horseshoe crab orgy). It’s kind of amazing, this thing of staying in one place long enough to know what wildlife to expect to see based on the season.

Dog enjoying the water on the beach
Merlin on the beach

Nearby Attractions

Outside of the immediate parameters of my house, Rhode Island offers easy access to the rest of New England. I can be in the White Mountains in a matter of just a few hours. Boston and New York are both easily accessible  by train, and Providence offers big-city attractions with all the small-city benefits (easy-ish parking, to name one).  Good restaurants and events like Waterfire draw in people from the surrounding states. I’m not a fan of big cities, but I do enjoy Providence and I’ve had fun exploring Boston.

One of my favorite things is that the TF Green Airport is just minutes away. It’s definitely a highlight for me since I love to travel. The airport is small, which means I don’t have to be there three hours ahead of time to get through the lines or walk two miles to get to a gate. They even have dogs that will calm nervous passengers or, for those of us that aren’t nervous fliers, just make the trip that much better. It’s small, but growing and adding new routes all the time.

Will I always live here?  Who knows? There are a lot of places that I’d like to live in my life. But for now, I can’t imagine anywhere else that fits my soul like this home.

 

 

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