Friday, July 4, 2008

New England -- Day Two at Bristol & Newport

Today was a great day and we had a lot of fun. After a semi-early breakfast, we headed to Bristol, RI to enjoy the oldest continuously run parade in the country. This thing was huge for such a small town. It was quite a show and the atmosphere was electric.

Here is what the road looked like as the parade was getting ready to start. We were lucky to find a little space on the curb.

Here are the boys waiting for the big show.

This was the Boston Red Sox float, and those are the actual World Series Championship trophies.

I got this picture with the governor of Rhode Island, Donald Carcieri.

There were a whole bunch of marching bands and patriotic bands in this parade. Almost all of the bands were out-of-state. I think I only saw two from Rhode Island. I think I saw 5 bands just from Minnesota.

The military entries were definitely the most inspiring. I just loved it. Here is a picture of the Navy marching in three groups. They were awe-inspiring.

This video is of a very loud cannon. When they discharged it near us, I could feel a rush of air. Eli was asleep and it didn't affect him at all. He just kept on sleeping.

After the parade we went to Newport and had lunch at a little gourmet place. It was yummy. Zach had an interesting way of eating his chips and hamburger. He just kept pouring salt on it.

We did a little hike called the Cliff Walk and it was so beautiful. The water is Narangasett Bay. The day was spectacularly beautiful and the view was memorable.

The end of our hike: a mansion with a view.


Melanie said...

Looks like you guys are having a great time! It's fun to see what you're up to.

Cheryl said...

What a fantastic, historical, busy varied trip your family took.
Every day looks excitingly tiring and invigorating at the same time.
Oh what memories you will have. We are happy for you.

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