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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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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
Does anyone remember their first vacation? As an adult. Perhaps it was solo. Perhaps not. For me, the planning stages occurred while finishing my first year at the University of Maine. I missed camping in New Hampshire and wanted to... Continue reading
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At last. At last. All of the New Hampshire Covered Bridges have been visited. It has taken awhile, but only Maine in New England remains for me to take digital pictures of its covered bridges. I have actually seen all... Continue reading
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I've mentioned the courthouse site that I utilize for gleaning addresses and tidbits about buildings as I plan my trips. Well, Grafton County, New Hampshire has presented quite a challenge as I sought out the pre-1889 courthouse in Haverhill. I... Continue reading
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Taking digital pictures of all of the nearly 110 authentic Vermont Covered Bridges has taken some time. Project begun in 2011 or so while a Florida resident. My recent trip to Vermont involved taking pictures of a few courthouses in... Continue reading
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A quick trip to Maine, and a return trip to avoid Bike Week traffic. Two of the remaining four New Hampshire Covered Bridges always seemed to be way off the routes I was traveling. The other two require payment, so... Continue reading
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Dad was born May 28, 1925. As a tribute to him, I planned a trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its hamlet of Ellisville around the time of his birthday. My first stop was Plymouth--a place I last visited as a... Continue reading
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It has taken me two years to travel to Plymouth County--a place where family roots go back 399 years. More about that in my next post. My main purpose yesterday was to visit the courthouses in 3 of the 4... Continue reading
Sometimes, there are side benefits to my hobby of photographing courthouses. One of these occurred recently as I was reading an interesting book entitled "Behind Nazi Lines", a true story of young man who was declared 4F during WWII as... Continue reading
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I did not know that I would log nearly as many miles on the final day--486--as I did on the penultimate day. It was Good Friday. I would encounter some new sights, and walk down memory lane on this segment... Continue reading
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As I had but 3 North Carolina Courthouses to reach all 100, I was mindful of the time goals I had for myself. One was to see Spotsylvania National Battlefield, and the other was to arrive home by Friday evening.... Continue reading
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Due to my western swing on the southbound trip to North Carolina, I had logged over 1640 miles. On the northbound return trip, I anticipated a much shorter trip. Nonetheless, I set out in the afternoon in order to get... Continue reading
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This was to be a relatively short travel day--a bit more than 200 miles. I reached the under renovation downtown Newton a bit after 7 a.m. I was able to get some decent pictures of the Historic Catawba County Courthouse... Continue reading
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Today, I would be in North Carolina and would get a few counties I missed in the mountains, a few courthouses that I missed on my moving trip, and a surprise. But first, I would get the City of Galax... Continue reading
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One of the side trips I was planning was a quick stop to Antietam Battlefield--a place I last visited in the early 1990s with my kids. However, the visitor center would not open until 9 a.m. I certainly was not... Continue reading
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The day of the trip long ago planned had finally arrived. There were a few tweaks, and on the fly changes were sure to occur, but I set out on Wednesday morning in order to get further on Day 1.... Continue reading
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