The day’s destination was Woonsocket, on the Rhode Island’s northern border with Massachusetts. When they left Wickford, Laetitia and her group skirted around the heavily populated Providence area on the freeway to the west, making a stop at Snake Den State Park to hike. Named for a canyon-like fissure that presumably was the winter home of snakes, the park features a working nineteenth century farm and numerous woodland trails. Afterward, the group hiked along Blackstone River Gorge before arriving at Woonsocket.
The city has a population of around 43,000. It was primarily a textile mill town until the Great Depression in the 1930s. About 48 percent of its residents are of French descent, often referring to their hometown as “La ville la plus française aux États-Unis”—the most French city in the United States. On arrival, Laetitia and her group toured the extensive array of historic buildings and districts in the city. The bar gossip that Laetitia turned into the limerick of the day was unreliable as usual, but she used it anyway. When her guests sometimes suggested that Laetitia mostly chose destinations because their names made interesting rhymes, she just smiled.
A man from the town of Woonsocket
Made love at the speed of a rocket
From first until last
It happened so fast
That no one was able to clock it.