June 30, 2014 Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island
We returned to my friend, Jay's, home the evening of June 29 after hiking and photographing Mount Greylock and spent a little time touring his town. Bristol, RI is a fantastic town with a lot of Americana, waterfront, boats, an amazing seafaring history, and the longest running 4th of July celebration in the country. It is a fantastic place to visit (and a quick drive to very interesting places like Newport where you can see old money mansions like the Vanderbilt's that you read of and see in movies like The Great Gatsby). I had not done much research on Rhode Island's state high point other than to learn of its location and visiting hours. I knew that it was not an impressive mountain peak like those I had climbed and photographed heretofore, but I had hoped to at least get some interesting sunrise or sunset shots. I was to be disappointed in this hope since this one is on private land, is sandwiched in between two homes, and has set visiting hours that do not begin until around 8am. Once I arrived at the "trailhead" I realized it would not have really mattered at what time I arrived for "vista" shots from the high point. It is in a heavily wooded area. From where I parked to the high point is about a one minute stroll down a nice path that was placed by The Highpointers Club. The drive there is beautiful, as you can imagine in heavily wooded New England. The high point itself is a rock in pretty dense woods. There really is no view to speak of other than the peaceful woods. I happen to love the woods, so, I enjoyed this visit even though there are no horizon views, snowcapped peaks, marmots chirping or birds of prey riding thermals and soaring above. Upon arriving I found that the Cops on Top crew had just been there and left their mark. I've seen their messages and marks on many of the state high points, I eventually got to actually climb a mountain with them in 2015 (see Colorado's Mount Elbert) and they are a great crew with a fantastic cause honoring fallen heroes. I spent some time taking photos, mostly of the surrounding woods, some flowers and butterflies as well as the rock that marks the state high point. This is one of those state high points that almost anyone, regardless of physical conditioning, can go see. I highly recommend it, not only for the experience of checking off a state high point, but also because of all the fun things to see (great harbors with beautiful boats and sunsets, Newport mansions, much of America's seafaring history) within a very short distance.
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