April 17, 2015
Visit a South County fixture in Narragansett
By Allie Herrera
When I think of Rhode Island a few things come to mind: the friendly people, fresh seafood and the rich ocean smell offered by its local beaches. When I first moved to this state, I knew I was in for a treat when I was told I only lived fifteen minutes from the beach.
Growing up in Connecticut, the beach was never as available as it is here and the change in scenery definitely sparked my interest from the start. Don’t tell my mother this, but that may have been part of the reason why I ended up going to school here in the first place – shhhhh.
From day one, Rhode Island natives raved about the beauty of Narragansett. The long stretch of sand meeting the ocean made for a breathtaking view, they would say. So I decided to take a look for myself.
One July morning, as I got closer to the center of town where the Narragansett Seawall is located, I noticed the amount of people that were brought together by this beautiful attraction. From children playing nearby to couples walking hand-in-hand alongside the wall, I knew this was the place for me.
I got out of my car and was instantly greeted by the ocean breeze only offered in Rhode Island. My town back home didn’t possess anything close to this. The warm mist gently touched my face as I took in the smells of fresh seafood from surrounding restaurants. Why had I never made the time to come out here before?
As I walked closer to the seawall, I felt a sense of serenity. It seemed as if the people walking past me were welcoming me into their community. Their inviting smiles on top of the beautiful view made me feel at ease. I had always wondered if it was obvious that I wasn’t a Rhode Islander, but at that moment it didn’t even faze me; at that moment, I felt like I belonged.
Every visit after that, I would notice the various types of people who found pleasure in going to the seawall. Families would gather on the soft sand with their bright red coolers prepared for a day under the hot summer sun. Children would joyfully run up and down the beach with colorful kites high in the sky. I had never been a part of something so pleasant.
One afternoon, I had intended on walking alongside the stone wall, but I then decided a run would do me some good. I ran past people riding their bikes and others skateboarding by. It had to have been the most pleasant three miles I’ve ever run because by the end of it, I was happy to have completed it there. The Narragansett Seawall gave me that feeling of belonging; the one it had given me a few months earlier when I first moved to Rhode Island.