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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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Although there are no road trips planned in the next couple of months, it doesn't mean that no plans are being made. By the time June is completed, I will have made 3 excursions, and possibly 4. Also, I have... Continue reading
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It doesn't matter where you've been, returning is always sure to rekindle memories. In my case, some re-visiting has taken place over the past couple of weeks, although there has not been a massive trip. Rather, there have been several... Continue reading
It really doesn't matter if you are in business, teaching, or even semi-retirement, if you wait until January to start planning for the following year, you are already behind. In my case, I know that 2020 will provide me with... Continue reading
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Back in 1964, my second grandmother passed away. I went to a funeral home for the first time. I was 7. My other grandmother died when I was 4, but I remember her as well. My grandfather lived in Newton,... Continue reading
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On our final morning, we were greeted with one of the most spectacular sunrises that I have ever witnessed. I can't really describe it well, so I will post a few pictures here. The boats on the harbor accentuated the... Continue reading
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Our last day in Greece was broken into two parts. The first part was a visit to the sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus. The sky was overcast with some sprinkles. But as we arrived at our destination, it appeared that... Continue reading
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As we boarded the bus to leave Athens, there was a hint of rain. We had been blessed thus far, and only had intermittent rain from Philippi to Thessaloniki. We arrived at our rest stop, which was just after crossing... Continue reading
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One of the options on our free day, was to take an island cruise to three different islands in the Aegean Sea. The first one that the Hydraki Cruise ship would visit was also the furthest one from Athens--Hydra. It... Continue reading
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We were able to get started a bit later today. The destination was the Athenian Agora, which was visible from the Acropolis and atop Mars Hill. The Agora is a marketplace and was built by the Greeks around 2500 years... Continue reading
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Our flight from Thessaloniki to Athens was delayed by lightning for about 45 minutes or so, but we were off around 8:45 a.m. Our arrival in Athens about an hour later was followed by our luggage exceeding the under bus... Continue reading
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The next day, Thursday, October 3rd, if you're keeping score, we set out for Philippi. It would be about 100 miles if we went directly there, but we didn't. Our first stop was Amfipoli, or Amphipolis, and the Lion Statue... Continue reading
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Morning came early, although we managed 4 hours of sleep. Nobody really know what time it was or what day it was. We just knew that we had to get moving, eat breakfast, and board the bus. It isn't every... Continue reading
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A little more than a year ago, my wife and I, along with a few other church members, signed up to go on a trip to Greece. Since neither of us had traveled outside of North America--save for an Israel... Continue reading
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As you know, I have taken digital pictures of all of Vermont's authentic Covered Bridges. However, since I do make treks into Vermont several times a year, I felt that I could take better pictures of some of the bridges... Continue reading
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I mentioned awhile back that my wife and I decided to try to view a lighthouse per month. Some months have been missed, but we have tried to make up for it this summer. While in Maine for a couple... Continue reading
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I fit in a quick visit to Goldfield--a reproduction ghost town and mining site. Well done, in my opinion, and I have included a handful of shots. Superstition Mountain is prominent in the area. Because of the brightness of the... Continue reading
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I made a quick visit to family recently in Arizona. I also did a bit of touring, so I am not sure if this will make one post or two. About 5 years ago, my wife and I made a... Continue reading
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After moving back to New England following nearly nine years in Florida, the slow moving task of photographing courthouses in the region picked up steam. I made a two day journey into New Hampshire one weekend in October 2017 in... Continue reading
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While my wife toiled away, I took a day trip down memory lane. It would include several courthouses, as well as a handful--small handful--of Maine Covered Bridges, one of which I had not seen in nearly 40 years. I have... Continue reading
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There are only a handful of Boxed Pony Bridges remaining in the country, and three of them are in New Hampshire. They are considered to be covered because the tresses are boxed in. They tend to be short, and often... Continue reading
If you were to visit my Pinterest Boards, you would find a large assortment of categories. I have not created sections of them at this point, although I may endeavor to do so in the future. As I have provided... Continue reading
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I really wasn't sure if my return trip from Vermont was a one day trip or not. It was one of those tweener distances--more than a usual travel day, but much less than a two day sojourn. I set out... Continue reading
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Going to the Adirondacks is like a breath of fresh air. In fact, it's exactly like that--the pollen count is lower there and my hay fever disappears. I haven't spent much time in the part of the Adirondack Park that... Continue reading
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If you are like me, you probably didn't suspect that there were lighthouses along the Hudson River, north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. However, when you think of the shipping that occurred on the Hudson, Mohawk, and Erie Canal, in... Continue reading
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Recent travels to Pennsylvania by way of New Jersey have added a handful of covered bridges to my collection. I also managed to visit a couple of courthouses on this recent journey, but since this was over several days, and... Continue reading