Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We made it!

We made it! Lynn and I have been looking forward to this day since May – the day not only we, but also Rhody and our moving van, arrived in Kingston. And August 13th was the day. We enjoyed our trip from Montana, with its opportunities to visit family and friends and see parts of the country that we had never visited. A few short video clips of the trip are included: the first shows Rhody leaping in the car – enthused, I think, more not to be left than about his destination, but he’s an Australian shepherd and may be smarter than I give him credit for. The second shows Rhody (and us) admiring the statue of Lewis and Clark’s dog at the visitors’ center in Sioux City, Iowa. Rhody was a little less enthused to meet the Caprio’s friendly but gigantic Saint Bernard. Rhody also stopped to admire a memorial to some of the Rhode Islanders who fought at Gettysburg (the third clip). All in all, it must have been quite a trip for a dog that in May was listed for adoption on Craig’s List. We are all settling in, and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who helped with the trip – our movers and the fine people from Conlon (in RI) and Mergenthalers (in MT) who actually got everything here in the same condition it left, and especially, all the great people who have worked so hard to get the house on campus ready. We appreciate it very much. One of our goals is to have the house serve as a welcoming and homey place for the entire URI community.

Finally, many people have asked us what Chris and Samantha think of our move to Rhode Island. Their views are very aptly summarized by the photo at the top of the blog, and now you know why I included it!