Coming Up For Air

Mohegan Bluffs in New Shoreham
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I’m  thankful coming up for air from under the choppy surface of Narrow River was never required, though stopping at the  top of a long hill on Block Island for gulp of the gas was necessary a  time or two. I’m pleased (and very surprised) I’ve spent a number of  days mostly outdoors without sunburn, only one blister, and no more  complaints of aches and pains than the usual.

I will have much  to digest (not to mention a pile to sort through on my desk) after my  very memorable trip to NY, CT and RI, and have not many but a few  pictures to process later today.

The kayaking and biking and  especially the consumption of seafood were all successfully achieved. It  will take some time to readjust to the slower pace and land-only diet  of Goose Creek. Ocean State indeed. I shed a number of preconceptions  about Rhode Island on this trip.

There are a lot of great places  to live in this country. I’ve visited another one of them. About which,  much more later when I’ve dug my way back to the day-to-day surface of  life in the valley here.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Wow. I missed reading anything about this big trip. When you fill us in, please start from the start, with the when where why who how.
    P.S. That photo looks like the California coast.

  2. Did you manage to see any of the restored wind mills in Rhode Island? I went there years ago and liked the state very much but was disappointed when I went on a tour and the tour guide couldn’t identify any of the trees!

  3. I believe I took a pic from this same spot………Did you go down the wood stairs to the bottom of the cliff?