Mountain Family Meets the Ocean

Late this summer, we headed to Rhode Island for a short vacation adventure. We had only 1 thing planned: Rail Explorers. Weeks before we left we reserved our spot with Rail Explorers and found some mid-week openings at a popular campground. Then we packed up and headed to the Ocean State.We camped two nights at Fisherman’s Memorial State Campground. We camped in the tent-only area and were pleasantly surprised to find our site one of the few to feel very private. The campground is huge with 4 different sections: mostly filled with large RV’s. However the tent only area was quiet and comfortable. There is a nice big playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, and volley ball net set up -BYOB (bring your own balls). A driveway also brings you to a day use parking lot next to a popular crabbing spot. It’s also just a short 10 minute drive to Galilee where you can pick up the Block Island Ferry, enjoy Roger W. Wheeler State Beach, and enjoy some fresh caught fish dinner at any number of restaurants (we went to George’s of Galilee and loved it!).Our Rail Explorers adventure was a super fun time. We arrived at “the station” at our scheduled time and hopped onto a coach bus with the rest of our large group of riders. After about a 15 minute ride, we found ourselves buckling into our carts, ready to peddle back to the station – 6 miles.We were lucky because we were the first car to go behind the guide-workers. We set the pace for the entire pack of 10 cars behind us. We easily made our way through neighborhoods and along Narragansett Bay. It was such a fun way to see parts of Rhode Island. We also had the pleasure of seeing a couple of white-tailed deer feeding on apples next to the track.

This was such a pleasant trip to Rhode Island. It was short – only 3 days, but we ate some seafood, camped on the coast, splashed in the ocean, explored on rail cars, and made some great family memories.

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