We visited our first town on Father’s Day. Cumberland was a perfect choice because it is only about 15 minutes from Smithfield, so we could enjoy a relaxing morning and lunch celebrating Brian before heading out to explore. I was already pretty familiar with Cumberland, having geocached there many times, and there are many interesting and beautiful places to visit. We decided that The Monastery was the right choice for us, and as we drove around the grounds and admired the unique library building, I remembered that on the monastery trails there is a historical monument called “Nine Men’s Misery”.
This monument was placed in memory of 9 colonists who were skinned and buried alive at the site in 1676 during King Philip’s War. The monument was erected shortly afterwards, and is believed to be the oldest veteran’s memorial in the United States. We made the short hike out to the monument, but didn’t go further since Aoife was being eaten by mosquitos. None of the rest of us were bitten, so Aoife must be the sweetest of the family.
Since it was Father’s Day, we then decided to go get ice cream. Cumberland has two exceptionally delicious ice cream shops - The Ice Cream Machine and The Keep. Both places feature homemade ice cream in a multitude of flavors. Being at the monastery meant that we were closer to the Ice Cream Machine, so off we headed down Diamond Hill Road. However, when we arrived, we found long lines and a bigger crowd than we were comfortable with, so instead of stopping, we proceeded to Mendon Road to go to The Keep. The Keep turned out to be the right place for us - it was not crowded at all and the short line inside the building was well thought out for social distancing. I ordered “Game of Cones” and it turned out to be one of the best flavors I’ve ever tried (vanilla base with a caramel swirl and chocolate covered waffle cone pieces). I was also the lucky person who got to finish Tarynn’s maple walnut ice cream and it was amazing - huge chunks of walnuts were plentiful throughout. Aoife’s Chocolate Cream Pie flavor was outstanding, as were the Dire Wolf Tracks & Coffee Oreo flavors that were devoured by Aemilia & Brian.
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We are a family who loves to travel and explore. Covid-19 has changed our plans for summer 2020, but we are making the best out of the situation by exploring our beautiful home state of Rhode Island. During the summer of 2020, we are hoping to visit every town in Rhode Island. Thank you for joining us on our journey!