Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Vacation From My PROBLEMS."

- Bob Wiley

We got away to the coast for Labor Day and boy howdy, did we ever need it. These tan lines are the first to speak of for the summer, if that's any indication.
We got a house in Newport, RI with a few other couples and thoroughly enjoyed a weekend without a schedule and heavy on the sandy beaches, rocky beaches, kabobs, lighthouses, great conversation, games, sand volleyball, friends, mansion walks, skim boarding attempts, salt water taffy and tandem bikes.Most great vacations are typically measured in number of seats and handle bars.You'll never believe it, but the tandem bike wasn't our nerdiest point of the trip. No, no - we hit that low early on when we suggested to the Wrides we play "name every country beginning with A, now B, now C... D... you get the picture" on our drive to Newport. That game got us 4/5ths of the way through a three-hour drive and probably 9/10ths of the way toward the Wrides refusing to ever be in a vehicle with us ever again.

But I suspect we weren't the only nerds in the bunch. There were more games of Acquire (The Game of Corporate Acquisitions - naturally) than I can count on both hands, where I learned to stick with my wicked geography and country-naming skills because my savvy planning and corporate conquest skills are sub-par. I'm clearly not cut out to be a titan of industry.

When we weren't amassing large fictional fortunes, we were contemplating how to spend real ones and dreaming about the day we'll own one of these. Or one of these.Or one of these. Or at least be good friends with someone who does. (Who was the ultimate Acquire champ? We're counting on you...)

11 comments:

allegra said...

isn't east coast salt water taffy the ultimate best?! love it! when we went to RI from Boston one weekend, we tried to hit up the beaches but the weather was horrible. glad it cooperated more for you guys. it looks gorgeous! did you actually walk through some of those Newport mansions on the inside?! they're unreal! so ornate, so gaudy, so unnecessarily huge!! but i'd take a small cottage on said lot any day. right on the water over-looking the coast? yes please!

Adam and Marie said...

Oh my gosh Allison, my husband and I lived in Newport! I'm so jealous you got to visit. I consider it a second "home". We rented a house on the water our last month there when I graduated. Hope you had a great experience there.

melissa said...

What a delightful newlywed life you lead! We totally say we're taking vacations from our PROBLEMS. Hilarious.

jessica said...

What a dream vacation! Beautiful photos. Makes me want to take a trip...

cacrowell said...

SO glad you made it to Newport! It is DEFINITELY a favorite. Isn't the Breaker's unreal? Did you tour inside? I love all of your fun pictures--especially the tandem bike one. That takes coordination for sure. What a perfect time to go to Newport, too. Live it up!!

Mom said...

What an awesome vacation! We love the quote from Uncle Max in the Sound of Music - "I like rich people. I like the way they live. I like the way I live when I'm with them!"

melissa o said...

You guys rock. I will ride in a car with you anytime.

koryn said...

What a gorgeous weekend. I am so happy you got out of the city for some fresh air, especially flavored with taffy and tandem bikes (never ridden one, so gotta try that despite the nerd factor).
We must talk, soon! I am going into sister withdrawl! Is it easier for you and Ashley being in the same time zone?

Raulz Kidz said...

How beautiful is that place?! We have got to come back east someday! Glad you guys got away!!

Whitney said...

oh my gosh we went to newport the thursday before labor day! we could have totally seen each other. i loved it there! i seriously fell in love. i was going to post some pics of the mansions. so cool.
and you guys are so cool. not nerdy... although i couldn't help but notice you and noah are wearing similar shorts...just sayin... :)

Claire said...

Looks GORGEOUS! So glad you got away!