Back in Rhode Island

After I visited Connecticut, I went back in Rhode Island. The reason I came back to Rhode Island is to see a pal who used to live in Ohio but left after he got a job in Rhode Island and be close to his family. It was about an hour drive to North Providence. It was a nice drive, not so traffic as compared to my trip to Connecticut passing through Bronx and Manhattan in New York. I arrived in his family’s apartment around 1400H. I met his family and they were accommodating and welcoming and treated me like part of the family.  They toured me around Rhode Island but this is my second trip in the state. I already visited Rhode Island back in 2016 when I tried to reunite with my cousin and that’s the reason why I Love Rhode Island as my previous blog entry.

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First on our road trip in RI, they brought me to Newport. It was my second time there too. Newport is really famous for tourists. The location is really good since it is in the seaside and it has popular mansions and some summer resorts. Newport harbors is one of the best in the country. It is still known as the sailing capital of the United States. We were in Bowen’s Wharf just checking the stalls and their products that they are selling. We went to this chocolate factory store. They sure have a good and delicious chocolate products.

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We went to College Hill after and visited Brown University. Brown University is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. The school is also the first college in the nation to accept students regardless of their religious affiliation. The university’s location is filled with stores, restaurants, establishments, and etc. from blocks to blocks.

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When we were done in Brown University, it was almost 7 in the evening so, we headed out for dinner. We got back to North Providence and have decided to eat in a buffet restaurant. His sister, Becbec, suggested to go to a Korean buffet restaurant. It was the best suggestion since I love Korean food especially samgyupsal. We spent almost USD200 for 5 people. It wasn’t bad but I was full with unlimited grilling of fresh meats in different cuts, seafoods, side dishes, rice, and drinks.

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The next day, it was a relaxing day. I stayed in bed until late morning. I went out around 1130H and had lunch with my friends in a Hibachi buffet restaurant. I was really craving for seafoods, the reason why I ate all seafoods dish in the buffet. It was really good. I can tell the difference between the seafoods in Ohio and in Rhode Island. The taste of the seafoods in Rhode Island is very good. It was fresh, kind of sweet tasting, and I can smell the sea. We stayed in the restaurant until 1400H. We drove to a nice park in Providence. It was the Roger Williams Park.

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Roger Williams Park is a 427-acre landscape city park named after Roger Williams who is the primary founder of the state of Rhode Island. It is also listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The layout of the park contains 7 lakes and is one of the finest urban parks in the US in the 2000 annual report. It contains the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Botanical Center, Japanese Gardens, Victorian Rose Gardens, Casino, Dalrymple Boathouse and boat rentals, historical tours, Carousel village, bandstand, Temple to Music, Hasbro Playground, and many more walking paths.

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My back in Rhode Island trip was great. I got to meet my friend and was able to explore more of Rhode Island again. It was also nice to get out of Ohio once in a while. Rhode Island is one of the smallest states in the US but it sure never failed to amaze me.


A Friend I Haven’t Seen For 11 Years

A friend I haven’t seen for 11 years has been living in Washington, Georgia for 5-6 years. We used to be co-workers in a bank way back 2006. We were cream of the crop and excelled in all that we do. We became friends, more like close friends and everything we did was history. We were Washington Mutual’s telephone banker. Washington Mutual was one of the best financial institutions back in the old days but was bought by J.P Morgan Chase Bank during the global crisis back in 2007. I quit my job before it was completely handed to JPMC and went to my chosen profession. I haven’t seen her after that until she left to Georgia with her husband and son. We just kept in touch through social networking sites such as Facebook.

I drove from South Carolina to Washington, Georgia which was about 2-3 hours from Aiken. I arrived in Washington, Georgia at about 1000H. When I got out of the car, we were just so happy to see each other again and nothing has changed. We were still like the immature telephone bankers even though it has been a decade. We talked and talked about the people we used to work with, reminisced the experiences we had, and even tried to call some of our other friends online. The first day was filled with excitement in getting to know what we have been doing in our lives. She and her family offered to be the host of my trip and I am so glad. They offered the guest room and I took a quick nap from the long drive while she was planning for the itinerary for the afternoon and the next day trip.

I was taking a nap when my phone beeped. I got a message asking if I am ready to go swimming. They have decided to go to Washington Swimming Pool since their son wants to dip in the pool. It was almost 95 degrees in Georgia that day so, it was a good idea to dive in.


Washington Swimming Pool

But I am not used to going swimming under the heat of the sun and it was also at 1300H so, I just stayed under the patio umbrella. We only let their son enjoy the pool while we were just talking and looking at kids having fun. After an hour or two, we left coz her husband has to work. At 1730H, we have decided to go to the mall. The nearest mall is Augusta Mall which is almost an hour drive.


Augusta Mall


Inside Augusta Mall

We only did window shopping and bought some snack for her unico hijo. 2 hours later, they took me to Augusta Canal Historical Trail. The trail is near Marriott Hotel and is good location for exercising.


Augusta Canal Historical Trail


Marriott Hotel

Augusta Canal is a historic canal located in Georgia, is supplied by the Savannah River and passes through levels in suburban and urban Augusta before the water returns to the river at various locations. It was devised to harness the hydro power at the fall line of the Savannah river to drive mills, to provide transportation of goods, and supply water in the municipal. It is the only canal in the United States which still continues to be used for its original purposes of providing power, transport and municipal water.


Augusta Canal Historical Trail


Augusta Canal


Augusta Canal Viewdeck


Augusta Canal


Otters in Augusta Canal


Jessye Norman Amphitheatre in Augusta Canal


View of Downtown Augusta Skyline from Augusta Canal Trail


Augusta Canal Trail Fountain

We left the trail at 1730H and headed home and called it a day. I went to sleep early from getting exhausted driving. On my second day in Georgia, they decided to show me to one of the famous amusement parks in Georgia. We went to Stone Mountain Park which is near Atlanta.


Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock with carvings that depict three Confederate figures during the Civil War: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. The theme park is located at 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083. It has a lot of activities and hosts festivals and events. To know more, just click here.


Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis


Stone Park Theme Park has attractions for all ages such as dinosaur explore, dinotorium, 4D Ice Age, Stone Mountain Museum, Summit SkyRide, Scenic Railroad, and many more.


Dinosaur Explore


Ankylosaurus or the Fused Lizard


Parasaurolophus or the Similar Crested Lizard


Dilophosaurus, the fast moving carnivore




The most famous dinosaur




On our way to ride the train


Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf


Riding the train for the Scenic Railroad


Live Show from the Scenic Railroad


Stores at Stone Mountain Park


Directions at Stone Mountain Park

We spent almost the whole day in Stone Mountain Park but we still missed the main attractions which were the Summit SkyRide, to get on top of the Stone Mountain and also the fireworks. The weather that day was not in our favor that the park has to cancel any attractions that has something to do with the sky. But I still had fun though. Then, we left Stone Mountain Park and discussed on where to dine for supper. We have decided to go something Asian, Korean to be precise, so, we went to Iron Factory in Athens, Georgia.


Iron Factory


Miso Soup


Fresh Pork Belly or Samgyupsal


Then, we went to explore Athens after eating.

My Georgia trip to meet my friend whom I haven’t seen for 11 years has been one of the highlights for this year. It was memorable and I can’t wait to do it again. We were planning of going on a trip somewhere and I hope it’ll come true. The whole experience was amazing even though it was just a quick visit for 2 days. Not to worry coz we have many more days to come and to have fun, for now, it’s not goodbye but see you next time.


The Rivera Family and the Lone Traveler