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MisterVA
Belchertown, Massachusetts.
I am a former mortgage professional originally from Northern Vermont, now residing in Massachusetts, after a 9 year stint in Florida.
Interests: Courthouse/Covered Bridge photography, golf, EPL Soccer
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Many of my top 8 appear in a number of others' compilations of the spy series based upon the Ian Fleming novels. A group that is dominated by Sean Connery will come as no surprise. Many of the best works... Continue reading
Having recently re-watched all but Spectre (ranked 19), Never Say Never Again (ranked bottom), and Casino Royale (number 24--the spoof), I see no need to re-rank the bottom third. I will say that there is quite a gap from Tomorrow... Continue reading
Over the years, there have been 26 James Bond films--2 of them outside of Eon Productions--and I have disagreed with different rankings I've seen for a variety of reasons. Several have portrayed 007 over the years, and my rankings tend... Continue reading
I think the North Carolina has been the most challenging state to complete. The sheer size of the state, its topography, the 600 miles from tip to tip, and the fact that it is a destination, have all contributed to... Continue reading
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My final day of traveling initially included 8 counties. However, I decided to add two counties that were proximate to St. Louis on the way out and on the way back. The first stop was Clayton, in St. Louis County.... Continue reading
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On a summer travel day, with 16 hours or more of daylight, I can usually count on a similar number of counties visited. Before the spring equinox, a lesser number of 10 to 12 is more likely. During this particular... Continue reading
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I wanted to make sure that I did make it to Arkansas on this trip since I had missed out on Kentucky the day before. I would cross and re-cross the Meramec River--a 200+ mile river in central Missouri over... Continue reading
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After arriving in St. Louis the day before, my travel plan was to follow the Mississippi River on the Illinois side, cross the Ohio River into Kentucky, and then cross back into Missouri to head back up to St. Louis.... Continue reading
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When I last ventured into Rhode Island in April 2018, my intent was to complete the whole state in one day. I would have done it, too, but I did not want to be late for my wife's concert in... Continue reading
I have mentioned in several of my posts, that bridges were either built by or restored by Milton Graton (and his sons) of Ashland, New Hampshire. I have seen bridges as far south as Georgia and as far west as... Continue reading
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In making a quick trip to Maine over the weekend, my wife and I decided to visit a couple of Lighthouses in Cape Elizabeth. Although, we were not able to walk up to them, we were able to get some... Continue reading
Whenever there is a gap between travel times I make plans for the next trip or future trips. My next known adventure will be in February, and the home base will be St. Louis. With shorter daylight hours, I anticipate... Continue reading
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In recent months, my wife and I have made some ventures into Maine. One of the things we have done together is to visit lighthouses. Some of our trips have been very early in the morning. Sometimes, we have seen... Continue reading
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There are two moments of observing trains that are etched in my mind. The first was in the fall of 1978 along US Route 2 between Gorham, New Hampshire, and the Maine state line. The railroad tracks along the Androscoggin... Continue reading
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On the day after Christmas, one would expect to see a lot of snow in Vermont. My trip that also saw a brief visit in New Hampshire provided some for a backdrop for covered bridge photos, but not too much... Continue reading
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Well, friends, it has been awhile since my last post, and this one will focus on a return trip from Vermont last week. Some of it was nostalgic as I worked for 4 years in Northern New York while I... Continue reading
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I'm not sure why I have had trouble locating covered bridges in the south, but it has been a source of frustration for me. I suppose that at some point in the future, I will be traveling through Georgia, and... Continue reading
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Whenever I see that I have overlooked something that may require a re-visit, I always take a deep breath, and relax. If a location happens to be near a future travel path, then I try to make the most of... Continue reading
When I began to photograph courthouses, I really had no idea what my goals would be. They have been revised over time, but have never been too large to be realistic. There are others who have visited just about every... Continue reading
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Whether in North Carolina, New Hampshire, or points in between, chasing the elusive courthouse can be very frustrating. Sometimes, there doesn't seem to be the proper documentation online, or books may be slightly outdated. Over time, I have been able... Continue reading
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Although there were a couple of day trips for solo courthouse visits in North Carolina, once Mom died, and I was staying in her house to try to get it ready for sale, I just needed a break emotionally. I... Continue reading
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We've lived in several places in Florida and still own property in Highlands County. Some counties were close enough to visit in an hour or slightly more than that. And at other times, I simply didn't have the time to... Continue reading
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Waycross in Ware County is the biggest city in the biggest county in the biggest state east of the Mississippi. But the courthouse which was built in 1956 is not. It is a plain looking concrete building with no predecessors... Continue reading
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On occasion, I am perplexed when I arrive at a courthouse. In the case of my arrival in Carthage, North Carolina, my puzzlement was the monument honoring former President Andrew Johnson. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina--one of three... Continue reading
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There is a very old courthouse building in Augusta that dates to the late 1700s. The 182o courthouse was not one that I located, but the 1956 Richmond County Courthouse is now used by the city. A modern structure was... Continue reading