Sunday, April 3, 2022

A little day trip for the soul

 With warmer weather on the horizon, and a new trout season set to open later this week, I promise there will be more fishing posts coming. 

For now, a little reminder to get out by the water to cleanse the soul and connect with nature. 

Yesterday, we took advantage of the nice weather and took a little impromptu road trip with my mom, to get her out in the fresh air. So often, myself and my girlfriend, Krystina, find we are drawn to the shoreline when we need a moment to breath, and just enjoy smelling the fresh salt air. Yesterday was one of those days, and we found ourselves in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Newport is a city found on the Aquidneck Island of Rhode Island. Known for hosting the America's cup, a renowned annual sailing regatta for many years, as well as the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue. You can spend the day exploring many of these mansions, as now most of them are museums or walk along the 3.5-mile walking trail along the shoreline that runs behind these mansions, referred to as the Cliff Walk, to take in the beautiful architecture. 

We started our day off in Newport by making a stop at the Fort Adams State Park. It sits right at the mouth of the Newport Harbor and allows for remarkable views of both Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. You can take a tour of the Fort itself, a former United States Army post, or just walk along the many docks and trails, and watch the sailboats coming in and out of the Harbor. This park also plays home to many Rugby teams, which we caught a glimpse of as we were driving into the park. 

Jeanette & Alan Jr. by Newport Bay

View of Fort Adams from the docks

The Claiborne Pell/Newport Bridge across the Bay from Fort Adams State Park

Krystina, Alan Jr & Jeanette at Fort Adam's State Park

Our second stop of the day took us along the beautiful Ocean Avenue. A twelve-mile stretch that
combines spectacular oceanfront homes and amazing water views. On this stretch, you will come across a 15,861-square-foot Louis XIV inspired chateau, named Seafair. Whose resident, as of 2017 is former Tonight Show host Jay Leno and his wife Mavis.  As you would assume, the chateau and the surrounding acreage is spectacular.  Leno has spoken of driving by it one day, doing the same travel as we were doing, and happening upon it. His wife loved the look of it so much, he offered to buy it for her. He walked up to the door and asked if it was for sale. It happened to be, but not yet on the market, so he made an offer to buy everything in the house, including the ketchup in the fridge and the owner accepted. 

Our final stop in Newport was at Brenton Point State Park, which is situated on Ocean Drive. Here you can get sweeping views of Narragansett Bay at its juncture with the Atlantic Ocean. It's a beautiful place for picnicking, and a very popular spot for flying kites on the sprawling lawn overlooking the ocean.  Also, a great spot to explore the little tidal pools, and collect some beautiful seashells to complete our day. 
Krystina & Jeanette at Brenton Point

Jeanette at Brenton Point

Jeanette, Alan Jr. & Krystina at Brenton Point

A great day exploring Newport & taking in the fresh air. 
Pops would have loved the views and enjoyed all the local history we discovered. 

Sunday, March 13, 2022

A little Irish luck

 Most of you knew Pops as an accomplished Fisherman, fly tyer, hunter, author and blogger. However, Pops had a legacy that most followers of SSR may never have known. For over 40 years he was a legend to many behind the meat counter as an accomplished meat cutter. He started his career at a young age behind the counter of a local meat center and put in many years at several grocery stores along the way. 

"Big Al" is still a legend in the grocery world, and he had been retired for 14 years, but people still speak of him fondly and speak to his talent. Even watching him at home, whether cutting up a deer heart or a peanut butter sandwich, he would do it with such precision and grace. 

Even up to recent days he would call me in to the kitchen to show me exactly where to place the knife, and how to hold it, whenever he would be butchering a cut of meat. Taking the time to show me step by step how to do it, with patience and finesse that only he could. 

As many of you do know, I spent most of my life deer hunting with my Pops, mostly in Pennsylvania. Even going to sit out in the woods with him, before I was too young to hunt myself. These were some of our greatest memories, sitting in the woods alone together, waiting for that deer to come along. 

Combing his two passions for hunting & meat cutting, he was always thinking up different ways to utilize our harvest each year. Whether it be cooking up the backstrap, making venison sausage, stews or soups. This brought on a yearly tradition of Corned Venison to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  A coveted recipe all his own. While looking through things in recent days, we found the Holy Grail of shorts, a beautifully written copy of such recipe. 

So, in the spirit of the season and with blessing from above. I share with you the coveted Corned Venison Recipe. Enjoy it in all its glory, and please think of Pops if you decide to make it. 

Best wishes, 

Alan, Jr. 

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Remembering Our Father

 Yesterday we celebrated the life of our Father Alan Sr, exactly how he would have wanted it, simply, surrounded by friends and family. We even had the pleasure of meeting a few of you. We know we can never come close to his beautiful words, but we will try and keep up on some posts to keep his memory alive. Continue to share his love of nature and fishing through his photography, and stay connected with all of you, the community that loved and supported him for many years. Thank you all for the tremendous outreach and kind words, they have been so comforting to our family. Pops wouldn't have wanted all this fuss, but if anyone in the world deserves it, its him. 

I've finished life's chores assigned to me, 
So put me on a boat headed out to sea.
Please send along my fishing pole,
For I've been invited to the fishin' hole.

Where every day is a day to fish,
To fill your heart with every wish.
Don't worry, or feel sad for me,
I'm fishin' with the master of the sea.

We will miss each other for a while, 
But you will come and bring your smile.
That won't be long you will see, 
Till we're together you and me.

To all those that think of me,
Be happy as I go to sea.
If others wonder why I'm missin'
Just tell 'em I've gone fishin'.
~Dalmar Pepper

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Celebrating Our Father

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with kind words and memories of our Father.  We always knew how amazing of a man he was, but you have all solidified to us how many people he has truly touched. 

For all who have been inquiring here are details about the celebration of our father's life.