From Home to Home, and Back, Day 22, Block Island,Part 3: The Payne Steps to New Harbor

I undertook the Payne Steps, from the overlook to the seashore, as I can’t pass up an opportunity for a cardiovascular workout, especially when faced with luscious New England seafood.  SAM_6956

These are examples of cairn art, a pastime I have seen elsewhere along the New England coast.  It seems to be in full flower here along Block Island’s eastern shore.

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Here is a piece of detritus, actually adding some ambiance to the beach.

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This “catapult” is of recent vintage, though several indigenous nations counciled here in the 17th Century, around the time of King Philip’s War.

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The gypsum and limestone cliffs that ring the island provided a measure of protection for the gathered nations.

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Moving inland, just a bit, one finds static, catchment-type ponds.

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Along the approach to the glacial moraines of Rodman’s Hollow, an invitation to take a few swings at life.

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Then, we get to Rodman’s Hollow.

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Once out of the glacial moraines, I passed the airport and New Shoreham’s Town Hall.

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Back in town, en route to New Harbor, I passed three more of Block island’s great hotels.  First, is the  National.

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Next is the Surf Hotel.

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Finally, here is the Harborside Inn.

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I came to New Harbor, a mile west of the Old, as the day was drawing to a close.

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There is “lethal” twist to New Shoreham’s rather formidable line of restaurants.

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Finally, as the ferry back to Point Judith pulled out, I caught the sunset.

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This island, like its Massachusetts and New York neighbours, is a place of dreams.

6 thoughts on “From Home to Home, and Back, Day 22, Block Island,Part 3: The Payne Steps to New Harbor

  1. Another wonderful vignette of very New England scenery! I didn’t live there long in my infancy, but enough that these photos tend to make me almost homesick!

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