Seal Searching

This past Wednesday I had planned to go to Newport but my plans ended up falling through. However, since the weather was absolutely gorgeous (sunny and 50°) I was determined to make it to the beach. Fortunately, one of my friends and her dogs were up for an adventure to accompany our Dover run.

This time of year, Rome Point in North Kingston is infamous for seal sightings. I really wanted to see the seals in all of their adorable, chubby glory so we plugged Rome Point into the GPS and were off. Once we arrived at our destination and started walking toward the point, we realized the tide was too high to make it and that we’d reached a dead-end. However, the spot was gorgeous. I’m definitely going back in the near future.


Although the first stop was a bust, I was still determined to find the seals! I examined a map and noticed that there was a path about five minutes down the road that would lead me to the coast near Rome Point. All I would have to do was walk along the shoreline until I found the seals. We arrived with the dogs at the John H. Chaffee Nature Preserve and started walking.


Finally, after what felt like forever, we arrived at the coast and were greeted by a striking view of the Jamestown Bridge. We turned to our left and started hiking along the rocky shoreline toward Rome Point. Although there were no seals to be seen, I kept my hopes up. There were some rocks farther out in the water that could potentially have seals and I wanted to get a closer look.


Just as we were about to turn back, I reexamined the rocks and saw light-colored lumps on them. I had found the seals! Because I had forgotten binoculars, I used my camera lens to get a closer look. They were too cute!


Although we had completed our mission, the adventure continued. We decided to take a shortcut path back that we were certain connected with the main trail. However, when we came to a fork in the road, we went in the “wrong” direction. What we found was extremely exciting for me: A TRESTLE! I am obsessed with trestles, especially the bare ones that haven’t been modernized or child-proofed and this one was just that!


After departing from the trestle, we managed to find our way back to the car. The dogs napped most of the way home. Overall, we walked about 4 miles of beautiful Rhode Island. We couldn’t have planned a better day!

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