Watching surfers & sailors off Point Judith
By guest bloggers the Rice family
With summer winding down Cristy found an opportunity to get us booked for a night at Fishermen’s Memorial Camping area down in Narragansett. With 147 trailer sites and 35 tent sites, there were just a couple still available for last weekend.
Fishermen’s Memorial Campground is a highly sought after camping destination for tourists & local’s because of it’s proximity to Rhode Island state beaches and it’s only 1 mile from the Block Island Ferry in the Port of Galilee. The park offers 182 RV & tent sites, Picnic tables, fire pit, flush-able facilities that include 25 cent hot showers, tennis, basketball, horseshoe courts and a playground. Pets are also welcome so we brought our dog Rusty along for the trip!
Another really cool feature of the park is that it was originally home to a World War II military installation in the 40’s known as Fort Greene. Remnants of the fort still remain on the property and can be seen when driving along the escape road heading into to the Port of Galilee. We also discovered a short trail from inside the campground that lead to the opening of the old bunker that was used to house a radio room & ammunition.
WARNING DO NOT ENTER THE BUNKER
There is a gate and fence blocking the entrance but trespassers & vandals have cut holes to enter. The inside of the bunker is pitch black! We had to look at this image on the camera just to see what was just inside the gate.
Bunker inside the gate
Not far away beside the park office there is a public trail that leads to a lookout on top of the old bunker. Here 16″ guns capable of firing a 1 ton shell 26 miles out to sea were once mounted. Today it serves as a scenic lookout.
scenic view from 16″ gun mounts
Once we were done exploring the old bunker area we headed over to Galilee to watch the boats coming and going, then stopping at Point Judith Light to watch surfers catch a few waves! (above) Clouds moved in later that night and our tent got pounded by rain Sunday morning (sprung a few leaks) Needless to say we had to dig out the seam sealer once we got home, but that’s another blog post.