#AtoZ Stay Home! Wear a Mask! “Z” is for HAZARD ROCK

It seemed appropriate this year to feature a theme that kept me close to home, so I give you my A to Z within the small acreage that is Rhode Island. I tried to be creative (you’ll see!) but I hope you learn something about Little Rhody, too. Whether you’ve lived here all your life, grew up within the boundaries, or have never set foot on one of our many beaches, come along for a virtual tour.

Photo by Martha Reynolds

The name Hazard is well known in Rhode Island. Members of the Hazard family were among the first settlers in the state. According to Wikipedia, “descendants have been known for military achievement, business success, philanthropy, and broad social activism spanning such causes as abolition of slavery, treatment of the insane and alcoholics, family planning, and innovative employee programs.” Belcourt Castle in Newport, one of the “summer cottages” of the very well-to-do, was built for Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, a socialite and U.S. Representative from New York.

Hazard Rock, pictured above, lies at the end of Hazard Avenue in Narragansett. The name Hazard seems appropriate here, as the rocks can be very slippery. The waves hit hard against the rocks, making them black and slick. And there have been injuries and deaths attached to the rock. In 2016, a person was pulled from the waters off Hazard Rock. At the time of rescue, the person was unresponsive and was pronounced dead. Just a few months previous, a 61-year-old man was seen swimming in the water near Hazard Rock. His body was found several days later. And in 2015, a 14-year-old girl and her father were snorkeling and spearfishing in the waters near Hazard Rock, when he lost contact with her. She was found unconscious hours later and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

So, while these stories illuminate the dangers of being on Hazard Rock, it’s a beautiful place to enjoy the views from a distance, as noted in the photo above.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series! Here’s to another “Blogging from A to Z” in the books – this was my 10th year participating. My previous themes have been:

2012: Authors, novelists, poets, lyricists

2013: Oh! The Places I’ve Been

2014: CHEESE! “Smile and Say…”

2015: Listen Up!

2016: Paris Between the Wars

2017: A to Z Musicals

2018: 1968

2019: Dylan

2020: Yes, But Would You Eat It?

36 thoughts on “#AtoZ Stay Home! Wear a Mask! “Z” is for HAZARD ROCK

  1. Martha,

    Congratulations on another great year of the A-Z……I’m sorry I didn’t get around to reading it sooner! I loved your theme and blogging, but I also LOVED your pictures!!

    I am inspired………I may attempt to do a summer blog series with the same idea of places I have biked to around the area!!

    Zulu Delta

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  2. Dear Martha,
    great picture. We lived many years in Scandinavia having our summer house at the sea. It looked like Hazard Rock there.
    Thanks for sharing the info.
    Have a happy week
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


  3. Martha , I throughly enjoyed your A-Z RI blog . It was a virtual journey through our great state . 😁😘❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


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  4. Thank you for the wonderful tour of Rhode Island. If I ever get there to visit my son and his wife (they live in Pawtucket), I will ask to be taken to some of these locations! For all I know, they visit them regularly!

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  5. Thank you for the tour Martha – it’s been fascinating to learn all about Rhode Island and the places in it. It makes me want to visit to see it for myself – maybe one day! Well done on a great theme.

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    1. Oh, I can imagine, Beth – the waves can be rough there. I’ve never ventured out onto Hazard Rock, and I’m thinking it’s not a good idea at this point in my life! Really enjoyed your series this year, too. xx

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  6. It’s been fun visiting venues in my home state, familiar names but information unknown to me. Thanks for all your work, my friend.

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  7. Thank you for all this information. I wonder if I will ever take a vacation in a car again. I have done many of them over the years and your state sound like a great one to visit by car.
    Congrats on ten years of challenge completion.

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    1. Hi Denise! I’m not much for car trips anymore (I hate driving, I hate traffic!). So I may never get to your neck of the woods, either. But I’m so glad we’re able to spend time together through our blogs. xx


  8. Hari Om
    Oh my – that’s quite the ending to this alphabetical tour of your home place, Martha! I know of similar places around Sydney (and even here in Scotland)… folk so often underestimate the power of nature.

    I have greatly enjoyed visiting RI with you and will be staying around to see what happens next! YAM xx

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