Monthly Archives: August 2017

Destination – Block Island, RI

Do you yearn to spend time on or near the ocean? The Atlantic Ocean? It's interesting how I hear that over and over, probably from my mom who is a transplant from the East Coast to Arizona where there are no oceans! To compensate for that, she has led the water aerobics group at a local pool for the last 22 years. On the East Coast where I grew up, mom and dad often packed the kids into the station wagon and headed to Scarborough beach for the day. For many, the serene nature of bodies of water = Zen!

Friend Barbara is relocating to Bullhead City, AZ this fall and will also be doing the cross-country trip with us in Lacey! Lots of stories will be shared on that subject! We decided to get out on the ocean now, while we are still in Massachusetts... SO, we headed to Block Island in Narragansett, RI on a beautiful summer day.

We were not RVing on this day but we did scope out a beautiful state park located right there in Narragansett called Fisherman's Memorial State Park. It's also a trolley stop which is super convenient. You do need to plan way ahead to get into this park. We saw tents to big Class A's as we drove through. Friend Kelly tells us it IS beautiful but you need reservations far in advance so plan ahead.

"Fishermen's State Park and Campground offers campers a 'seaside village' atmosphere where visitors will find neatly trimmed grass, tree lined paths, and activities for the whole family. Whether you are looking for a place to pitch a tent and enjoy a camp fire, or park your RV and play some basketball or tennis, Fishermen's can accommodate you. One of Fishermen's most attractive features is its close proximity to popular State Beach areas like Scarborough, Roger Wheeler, and Salty Brine.  Tent and RV camping close proximity to multiple state beaches and Block Island Ferry. Has 147 trailer sites and 35 tent sites. Tennis, basketball, horseshoe courts and children's playground. Visit www.riparks.com or call 877-742-2675 to reserve campsite up to one year in advance. Extremely popular; reserve early."

There are two ways to ferry over to Block Island. The traditional one which also takes autos, motorcycles, bikes, etc.... you might be able to bring a Class B in there but no potable propane gas is allowed. You can check with them here.

The traditional ferry is a year-round service ferry. It operates out of the Pt. Judith terminal, located in the fishing port of Galilee (Narragansett, RI).

It takes 55 minutes to get to the island. There is a fast ferry, half the time and twice the money. The traditional ferry is about $25 round trip.

Once there we visited some of the expected shops and then headed for lunch. Barbara knows Block Island as she and her husband would vacation there every year for many years. She led us to Ballard's of Block Island. What an experience!

Lobster about 13 different ways! Laurie and Barbara opted for lobster rolls and I had their vegetarian pasta dish which was amazing!

We also opted to sit on the beach side of the patio and enjoyed bare feet and sand as we ate and drank.. it's been years since I've enjoyed a mudslide and I had two! Oh my!

Block Island is dog friendly. It's been a while since I've seen so many pet dogs, vs. service dogs, enjoying a place. In this picture, we heard this lady request lunch for 4 people and 5 dogs!

Barb and I also dipped our toes into the Atlantic ocean. I'm not a 'lay in the sun on the beach' kind of person but Barb sure is. Coming from California originally, she just loves the sun! Thanks to Laurie for shooting all these pics!

After lunch we 'did' the shops on the strip and later had root beer floats to 'whet our whistles'. It's too bad we didn't rent something to take us around the island but we hadn't planned that much time. To see the bluffs and the natural settings would be nice and we will do that next time. Here is a great post from HappyStrongHome on 10 Things to do on Block Island. We have so much more to do!!

 

Avoiding Common RV Mistakes

It doesn’t matter if you are a brand new RV owner or a seasoned RV owner; we all make silly mistakes at some point in time. I usually encourage the use of checklists to help avoid making some of the more common mistakes. When you use a checklist it’s not as easy to forget or…
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Upgrading your RV Kitchen

At one time or another, I’m sure many of you have said, “I really want to upgrade or change the look of our RV Kitchen but I don’t want to spend a whole lot of money.” Well, this week, Mark and Dawn Polk, our friends over at RV Education 101, have come up with a…
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USS Midway Museum

Finding interesting and unique destinations to visit when RVing is part of the fun and in this country, the choices are endless. But if you’re planning on a trip to the West Coast and find yourself in and around the San Diego area, definitely set your GPS for the USS Midway Museum.

Jeff Johnston did just that a couple of months ago and he’s still talking about it. Besides exploring this giant aircraft carrier itself, there are 60 various exhibits along with a collection of 29 different aircraft on board.

There is a self-guided audio tour, but Jeff had a personal tour with one of the retired naval officers assigned as a guide.

Keep in mind this is a huge ship with lots to see and do. So plan on at least a half day if not more.

Along with all the exhibits you can enjoy lunch or a snack at the Fantail Café and patio. In the gift shop you’ll find books, CDs, DVDs and a wide arrange of souvenir clothing.

The parking lot adjacent to the museum is for autos only but there are plenty of large parking areas close by that will fit an RV and you can jump on one of the trolleys for a quick shuttled to the Midway.

Check out Jeff’s visit and see if this destination should be on your agenda.

Unveiling the new Summit RV by New Horizons

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Jeff’s Recommended Tripod and Grippers

Now that we've taken Jeff's recommendations for our Two Gals and a Dog video camera... it's time to talk about tripods! Jeff is the Associate Producer of Rollin' on TV and the most geeky techie guy we know ;) "I own three Manfrotto/Bogen tripods, a Manfrotto/Bogen monopod and a Manfrotto/Bogen high-hat, if that gives you…
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Jeff’s Recommendations – Video Camera and Accessories

Recently, I asked Jeff, the Associate Producer of Rollin' On TV, for his recommendations. As Two Gals and a Dog hit the RV road preparing to meet and interview people across this great country, we needed a good video camera. "Jeff, since we are going to be 'in the field' interviewing people soon, we are…
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Lacey and Cagney get Hitched

Yup, it happened. The two new girls in our lives got 'hitched'... finally! We delivered the truck to RVs R Us on Monday night and learned they also needed the trailer to hook them together. I shouldn't have been surprised, but being clueless, I was. That meant our very first pulling of the trailer would be…
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