For Abraham’s 25th birthday, we woke up at 4 am to drive down from Woonsocket to finally see the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island. Of course, to perk us up, we stopped at Dunkin Donuts and Abraham got a medium coconut shot, chocolate swirl Dark Roast (with almond milk, no sugar); Daniella got the medium iced coconut shot, caramel swirl (regular cream and sugar). It was so cool hopping on Interstate 295 before the sun had risen, being the only car on the highway, and headed to the Rhode Island coast.
Neither of us had ever been to the Cliff Walk Newport before, even though Rhode Island is Abraham’s home state and despite us having lived together in Boston for a few years. It may have been the best day and time to go, as the fog and mist that was covering the walk upon our arrival really added to the beauty and experience in an unexpected way!
We decided, to begin the walk, that we’d head to the right side, which took us from the Forty Steps to Rosecliff. As you’ll see in the video, we were very impressed by the gorgeous mansions all along the way, especially the architecture of Salve Regina University’s properties. By the time we crossed the wet dangerous rocks, the fog/mist had lifted, and off in the distance we could see what looked like an East Asian inspired home. With the clearing of the grey stuff, it had suddenly become perfect drone flying weather, and we knew the footage would be awesome as there were virtually no clouds in sight.
By the time we returned back to our starting point, it was about 10 am or so, and the crowds were finally starting to show up so they too could enjoy the clear blue Atlantic Ocean crashing against this incredibly scenic and fun New England attraction. Brunch was prominent on our minds, so we headed into town, and a little sign for a place called Liberty Donuts caught our eye at the Long Wharf Mall. One thing we miss terribly since moving to Georgia is the donut selection of New England, and when we saw they had freshly made maple bacon donuts, well, we each had to get one!! Not overly big, but kind of petite, these really hit the spot.
Once we were satisfied, we drove back to the Forty Steps entrance, eager to head to the left, this time toward The Chanler. At this point, some midday haziness had crept in, but that only made the ocean look more blue! This walk seemed easier and shorter than the walk we had earlier in the morning. We could see, if we had continued, that we would have walked all the way to Easton’s Beach. But we were content getting a drone shot or two of the super red water hitting the beach on this side. What an amazing pastel aesthetic, especially with the homes so high up, each uniquely constructed and attractive in their own way!
When we return to New England in December of this year, we intend to come back to the Cliff Walk. Obviously, it’ll be pretty cold, especially compared to July, when we filmed this video. However, variety is the spice of life, and adventure is all about pushing yourself outside your comfort zone! A beanie and winter gloves never hurt anyone either 🙂 The hardest part will be deciding where we get our grub on…do you think we should return to Liberty Donuts in December, or try somewhere different?
Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, and the DJI Mavic Pro. Music licensed via Soundstripe; “Skittles and Lobsters” by Dresden, The Flamingo. Flapper music for the win!!
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