Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hometown + Eclipse Long Weekending

This weekend, we were in Rhode Island for my high school reunion.  I always love getting to spend a few summer days in New England, so we did as many of our favorite things as we could: walk on the beach, eat lobster rolls, visit with friends, and we even took a trip up to Massachusetts to see my sister-in-law's new home.  
Rhode Island has a few famous shoreline towns, like Newport, but Westerly will always be my favorite.  The southwest corner of the town, Watch Hill, is gaining it's own little reputation and fame.  St. Clair's has the best lobster rolls and homemade ice cream, Taylor Swift has a home there, and they even have a Lilly store now!  Plus, I got to wear one of my new favorite dresses!
And who knew rural Massachusetts had an awesome brewery?!  We visited Stone Cow and loved their sours: raspberry elderflower and strawberry rhubarb were both some of the best I've ever had.  Plus, the food was delicious, and, of course, there were tons of ice cream flavors and types of cheese since it started as a dairy. 
We were seriously in Rhode Island during peak flower season.  I could have taken flowers all day of these beautiful blooms!
We headed back to Charleston on Sunday night to make sure we were in town for the eclipse on Monday.  The whole city slowed to a stop on Monday and many businesses were closed for viewing.  It was such a weird juxtaposition because there were also over a million in the city to view the eclipse since we were in the path of totality.
We headed out to Sullivan's Island on Monday morning, and... it was pretty cloudy.  We had lunch at The Obstinate Daughter and luckily, about a half hour before totality, the clouds started to dissipate.  The views were amazing, and the whole atmosphere, with people cheering and clapping, was very special to witness.  If an eclipse isn't on your bucket list, you should add it (and start planning your trip for 2024!).
I researched eclipse photography last week to see what settings on my DSLR were best.  But honestly, I threw much of it out the window just to enjoy and take in the experience.  The photo below was actually taken holding my eclipse glasses up to the lens of my camera, and the two photos below that were taken during totality, when it was safe to take the glasses off and view the eclipse. 

10 comments:

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

This makes me want to plan a trip to Rhode Island!

Missy said...

Rhode Island sounds amazing. Wow those photos of the eclipse are amazing! So jealous you got to see totality! I need to make sure I do that in 2024.

Rebecca Jo said...

I am so impressed with your pics.
We totally are talking about driving to a totality place in 2024

Jen said...

I would love to visit Rhode Island! My FIL is from there and it just seems amazing. We had 100% totality for the eclipse but of course it was overcast and rainy haha.

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

It's so fun getting to go back to your hometown for a few days! I did that over the weekend too and it was so nice. And so jealous you got to see the eclipse in totality! It pretty much just looked like a cloudy day here. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

BLovedBoston said...

What a wonderful weekend at home! that lobster roll looks YUMMY! xo,Biana-BlovedBoston

Christina Lea Loves said...

That lobster rolls has me so jealous! What a wonderful weekend - we both went to school in New England and it really is so nice in the summer months - we keep meaning to go back!

Carly Blogs Here said...

You got such great pictures of the eclipse-- so cool to be able to see it!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Awesome pics of the eclipse!!

Lisa C said...

So cool that y'all were in totality!

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