We are here! We left home in the Philadelphia suburbs at 3:30 yesterday morning in order to make our morning ferry from Pt. Judith, RI over to Block Island. It may seem crazy to some to get up and drive that early, but as long as we can still stand doing it, the traffic is just so much better in the wee hours of a Sunday morning than you normally would have any right to expect.
Take it from The Working Stiff – if you need to drive up the New Jersey Turnpike and cross one of the Hudson River Bridges, You can’t do much better than 5:00 A.M on a Sunday!
My family has a long history with this island, having vacationed here every summer from the early ‘60s straight through to the early ‘70s, as well as numerous times together and separately as adults. For this particular week-long vacation, the wife and I are here by ourselves. It is breezy here and expected to be in the high 80s and mostly sunny for most of the week. Hard to ask for better than that in September.
We will be taking lots of pictures and doing daily or almost-daily blog entries.
We drove off the ferry yesterday at almost exactly noon. As is the routine, we checked in with our realtor, confirmed that the house wasn’t yet ready for us, and made sure that they had my cell number. We then set off on a condensed tour of some favorite island haunts to get a bite, a drink, and just generally establish what was still open and for what days during our visit. I should note that this is an island where some business reduce hours almost right away after Labor Day. For example, by around mid-September, it is common form some shops and restaurants to close for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, or something along those lines. (There just aren’t enough people around.)
In our first 3-4 hours or so on the island, we had:
- enjoyed a few Payne’s Dock donuts
- had a Dark and Stormy on the dock at Mahogany Shoals
- toured many of the shops along Water Street (the main drag)
- had lunch at Poor People’s Pub, which I think it is safe to say at this point is our favorite eatery
- chatted up quite an array of both locals and visitors through one friendly encounter after another
More on some of these later in the week along with much more on our island visit in general. Please check back!
The Working Stiff