Sunday, January 31, 2016

Taking A Sunday Drive #13

The smallest of our fifty states has the longest name: State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. It was the first of the original thirteen colonies to renounce allegiance to Great Britain, but the last state to ratify the Constitution. It just seemed appropriate that my #13 blog about the states would be about the 13th state. Rhode Island was one of the last four of the lower forty-eight states for Bud and me to cross off our list together. That we did last fall which is why some of these pictures may look familiar to you.

It was raining the entire trip to and through Rhode Island. Our planned overnight stay, with some sightseeing the next day, was Newport.

A picture of Touro Tower which wasn't shared in my October 22 blog post last fall. The rain really did curtail the plans we had for touring Newport. What was left was a 'driving in the rain' tour. I thought I had taken some pictures of some of the famous Newport mansions when we passed them. Alas, I did not.

Other views not used in the October 22 blog - all are  along Ocean Drive:

For devotees of vampire stories, a final bit of history about our 13th state: In the 19th Century an outbreak of tuberculosis resulted in public hysteria about vampirism, referred to as the New England vampire panic.

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