On Friday, our friends Dan and Hope drove from Indianapolis to visit! We have loved having them here! They both went to school in Rolla with Nick, and we also worked at Pine Cove with Dan. Nick and Dan were also groomsmen in our weddings.
On Saturday, we drove north toward Maine, stopping in Peabody, Salem, and Portsmouth on the way!
Peabody has one of the rare Chick-fil-as in Massachusetts (there isn't one in Rhode Island). We enjoyed spicy chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and Arnold Palmers. Don't take Chick-fil-a for granted, folks. Especially those chicken biscuits. Mmmmm.
I hadn't been to Salem yet, but was really interested in the history, so we made it a stop in our day trip. We walked around, went to the National Park Service Visitor Center and the Salem Witch Trials memorial, and then walked to the Friendship of Salem. It's crazy how an event that was so anti-witchcraft has evolved a town into a place that is all about witches and witchcraft. Apparently there are a lot of museums that we should have gone to, but we had places to be! Especially since the sun sets at 4:30 now.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire:
This is another town we had been itching to visit, but hadn't made it up there yet. Portsmouth pretty much reminded me of every other coastal New England town. :) It's super cute and has tons of shopping/eating opportunities. I don't think I would want to live there, but it was fun to visit!
Nubble Lighthouse- York, Maine:
New England has a ton of lighthouses. It's definitely a perk. This one was so lovely, and really looked exactly like what you expect a lighthouse to resemble. We got there right before sunset, which meant the lighting was just gorgeous. We got to watch the sun set over Maine, and Dan and Hope got to stick their hands in the freezing Atlantic. :)
We had dinner at the Shore Road Market and Restaurant, and tiny little place that was family owned and operated. The owner showed Hope and Dan how to crack open their lobsters, the wife was our waitress, and the daughter was our cashier. They were SO friendly and the food was good and reasonably priced! It was also Dan's first lobster experience... Where is a better place to have it than Maine?
On Sunday, we traveled around Rhode Island after taking Dan and Hope to church with us and introducing them to Northpointe goers. We had lunch at Fellini Pizzeria and then drove down to Newport to show them the Cliff Walk. We ended up watching the sun set at Brenton Point State Park, which was amazing! We had never spent time on that side of the island. We had a lofty goal of making it to Westerly as well, but again, since the sun sets at 4:30, we didn't make it. We traveled back to Providence and watched The Crucible, in honor of our trip to Salem the day before.
That's been their visit thus far! They are traveling to Boston on their own tomorrow. Jealous!
Happy Tuesday, friends!