Wednesday, January 02, 2008

December 26, 2007 - Newport

Holiday gift exchanges two (with Bill and Laurie), three (with Miriam, Sten's maternal grandmother), four (with Suzy and Ingrid) and five (with JoAnn) took place during the run up to Christmas. On Sunday night we headed over to Jamestown to enjoy a seafood feast and present exchange at Bill and Laurie's. On the way back over the bridge to Newport, the wind was gusting fiercely. It was exciting driving trying to keep the car on the road. Uncle John told us that the anemometer at his house in Jamestown recorded winds of 72 mph during the storm - much more than we've ever seen offshore.
On Christmas day, Sten and I headed down to our favorite beach in Newport to clean it up a bit. It is right on the mouth of Narragansett bay, making it a great place to watch boat and ship traffic in and out of the bay. It is also a favorite spot of the local fishermen.

Unfortunately, the fishermen leave their crap behind. We picked up 8 bags full of beer bottles, styrofoam Dunkin' Donuts cups, and broken lobster traps.
We filled the back of Suzy's car. I really wanted to dump it in front of a Dunkin' Donuts, but we came across a dumpster behind a liquor store first, and figured that was suitable enough.
Our last holiday celebration in New England was lunch with Carlotta and John. Suzy laid out an amazing spread of lobster salad and other New England summer treats. We enjoyed hearing about John and Carlotta's travels this past year. Just before we hit the road, Suzy gave us a picnic dinner of lobster rolls to snack on as we drove west.

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