.: my apologies for the small photos...I need a new camera :.
Rich and I went on an adventure to Sachuest Point in Middletown, Rhode Island on Sunday. This 242 acre National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for the presence of the largest winter population of harlequin ducks on the East Coast! We were so excited by thought of actually seeing a harlequin duck. We confirmed with a passerby that indeed, the ducks were near the point, off the rocks, past the loons. We saw about 50 loons before Rich spotted the first harlequin. We stood in awe, sharing a pair of binoculars wondering how we could climb down the rocks as fast as we could, but not scare them away. We reached the water just in time for them to swim by and for us snap as many photos as possible (wishing we had a larger lense to really capture the beauty that is the harlequin duck). You can check out an amazing photo here. Though I did not capture it in the photos, we were able to see their beautiful color and bold white stripes. Ah! So amazing.
A brick Rich found in a tide pool.
Along the side of the road we stopped to take a few of these home to remind us of the day and to bring a little beach to the indoors.
The Newport Bridge. I love acting like a tourist when I am not.
You may check out more of my photos from the day here.
I cannot go without mentioning the equally fabulous part of my weekend: Cathy came to visit! My best friend from college, now studying to become a vet in Oklahoma, was back for a night full of sushi, drinks, and laughs with Larissa, Deb, Dom, and Rich, and a day full of shopping on Thayer and Wickenden (ye olde stomping grounds...well...are they still stomping grounds if you still live in the city?).
I could not ask for a better weekend with better people.