Slowly but surely I make it there and park at the street parking near the Visitor's Center.
The Visitor's Center is a good spot to get great information about what to do, distance and most importantly timing for your trip. I only planned to spend a few hours in Newport since I have to drive back to Massachusetts anyway.
Finally, after a good 30 minute walk I see the bridge and the beach. The Cliff Walk is definitely nearby.
I am not sure what the red stuff in the water is, but it definitely creeps me out.
I begin to enjoy the various types of paths, cliffs, and greenery that you walk by.
And then I come across to 40 steps access point, where you can walk down and actually access the cliffs and water ... if you are brave enough.
And then I walk 40 steps back up. Don't try to count them, because I skipped a few.
I continue to walk and pass by the arches and then I come across the big mansions.
I come to the end of the North side and am stopped by the construction to fix the damage caused to the South side by Hurricane Sandy so I enjoy the last view of the Cliff Walk.
I walk back into town.
And I pass by a dive cafe/bar called Cappy's. I actually walk a few more feet and then stop, turn around, look at my watch and decide to walk in.
There aren't many people in there. I sit down at the bar an ask for a menu, and then mention they don't serve food. Just drinks. So I get a coke. And then they tell me "But, there is some meatballs and sausage in the crock pot for free." Did you say FREE?
I'm starving, so I load up on three helpings.
I run into a reporter who is writing for the local paper. Apparently Cappy's is voted as the best dive bar in Newport. I definitely support that with the free food and my $1 Coca Cola. I talk to the reporter Jacqueline, we share our stories and learns that she writes a blog too: www.crescentandanchor.com Check it out. Pretty pictures.
I am stuffed and ready to drive to Framingham, Massachusetts to meet up with Stephanie. Time to head out.