Cream Chronicles: A Rematch Doubleheader

A weekend on Block means one thing, rewarding one’s labors with cones. And since I am still on the hunt for the best cone of the island, the work never stops.

IMG_5054Friday Night, Amanda and I tried out Aldo’s Ice Cream. Aldo’s is a the mega church of ice cream spots. They have ice cream, soft serve, gelato and then an entire bakery as well. Overwhelmed? Yeah, me too. The options left me pulling the classic sample song and dance of trying two flavors and then going on to order a completely separate one.

I settled on Mint Patty. It was nothing jaw dropping, but hit the spot. I felt like there was just so much I want from Aldo’s plethora of choices that no one scoop could fulfill my ice cream desires. It was not a swing and miss, I’d call it a double on the baseball scale.

So as already discussed, I love my cream. So the following night, round two at The Ice Cream Place. This time I wasn’t messing around. With cost not being a factor (good betting skills, won me the cone), I went for it. A walking sundae is what they call it, but I could barely handle this thing sitting down. Take a homemade waffle cone add a scoop of ice cream (mine was Snickers), drizzle that baby in hot fudge, scoop on the whipped cream (yes, scoop from a bowl) and top it with a cherry and you have yourself a homerun.

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Best bite was the last, as the hot fudge pools up nicely in the bottom of the cone. Ok, Ice Cream Place you have proven yourself worthy. Back on the good list. Meaning more cones to come.

Two Words: Get it.
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Beautiful Block: Settler’s Rock

Today marks one week since arriving on Block. It has been quite the busy one. But when I had to answer the question of “How am I liking it so far?” that was posed to me, I would have to say I love it. The island has a lot to offer and I want to take it up on that. The Master Key I made should keep me pretty busy in my down time from work, and today was no exception.

I biked out to Settler’s rock, which is the northern most point on the island. It is a fairly flat ride about 4 miles each way. Once I got out there I took a stroll up to the Northern Light, just beyond.

First, a little bit of history on the rock. Based on the rock’s bio that it boasts on it’s own, the town of New Shoreham (Block Island to the rest of the world) was founded in 1661. They dropped this rock here in 1911 to #throwback in honor of the first settlers and purchasers. Mostly likely a bunch of Quakers trying not to be killed up at Plymouth Plantation (further evidence for Block’s superiority to the Cape).

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Today the rock serves a great biking destination for tourist and wannabe locals (myself included). A right onto Corn Neck road puts bikers right on a straight path to reach the rock. Along they way they can take in the views of beautiful beaches, nature and houses they will never own.

Two friends I bumped into at the lighthouse joined my adventure. Did I mention that the tininess of the island is great and I love knowing people anywhere I go? On the way back to Old Harbor we took note of the hiking trails along the way. I will be returning up this end of the Block for those very, very soon.

This car was parked up at the rock, and it is now in the running for coolest car on the Island.

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View of the North Light from Settler’s Rock.IMG_3394.JPG (1) I found it interesting that the light house grounds serve as a hatch spot for seagulls. With so many people coming in and out of the area, these Mamas have to play a lot of defense. IMG_3401.JPG

The spot has a great view of Rhode Island and also the Western half of the island. It is a popular spot so don’t expect privacy if you visit. But the rock, lighthouse and view is a worthy reason to rent a bike and pedal up the Block. On your way you will get to see more of what the island has to offer as well. 8/10

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Mead Leads: Block Island Times

I’ve spent under a week here on the island and I have already accomplished one of the items from my Master Key Bucket List. I thought #5 Front Page Article for the Block Island Times would a lot longer. I was floored when the paper was delivered while I was at work and I found my piece on the front page.

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Let me back track a little. Monday morning as I sat at Topside, I chatted with a girl who mentioned how I should write for the paper after I told her about my interests in journalism. ‘l will blame the rain for inspiring me to be productive. The Block Island Times was right across the street so I popped over and introduced myself. After sitting down with the editor, talking about my experiences in writing (which I feel are pretty limited, but didn’t tell him that) and pulling up my blog here, I was offered an internship for the summer.

I think it’s pretty ironic how I stressed and stressed over choosing a job where I could make money over a summer internship at home, and now I was able to score the best of both within hours of arriving on Block Island. See this place is awesome.

My assignments will vary. My editor explained that I could write my own pieces or take the assignments from the office. My first week’s article “Block Island Bonnaroo” ran on Friday, to my surprise on the front page! Check off #5.

The music festival starts next Tuesday and features 48 bands over the course of 6 nights (stay tuned for posts on my attendance). I interviewed the owner of Captain Nick’s, where the festival is being held, for the piece. It felt like real journalism (because it was, I have to remind myself) unlike a lot of the other writings I have done before. Take a read.

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I will continue to share my featured articles here on the blog and the places I find myself seeking out more. Next week I am working on a piece about Airbnbs on the island. I have been in contact with some hosts and hopefully will be able to put together a newsworthy piece. I will have to resign and know that every article might not be on the front page, but they can still be important nonetheless.