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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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At long last, I broke out. 525 miles in a one day trip that began with the 4:15 a.m. alarm. I found out the day before that a visit to one of the covered bridges that is on a college... Continue reading
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A few years back, I took some pictures of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset, Maine. The lighting wasn't primo, so when my wife and I were running an errand, this presented an opportunity to get better. We can all... Continue reading
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If you are like me, you have pre-supposed New Jersey to be all Jersey City/Hoboken/Newark/Elizabeth. In my quest to photograph New Jersey's 21 county courthouses, I have save that cluster in northeast New Jersey (along with Camden) for last. I... Continue reading
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Welp, you knew that I would eventually get to the courthouse part of Virginia. I ran out of time during the last edition. I am under the 6800 mark on my phone in terms of pictures stored. Or will be... Continue reading
Back when I started taking trips while incorporating visits to county seats with the purpose of taking pictures of county courthouses, I never envisioned taking as many as I have. How many county courthouses have I photographed? I don't think... Continue reading
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This is a bit of a departure from my normal fare, but I was curious about the demise of some old courthouse buildings, while others of similar vintage are re-purposed. I have seen many old courthouses in my travels--some still... Continue reading
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I never know how long a stop will take. Sometimes, I find a parking spot near the courthouse in a quiet town, and I am able to take pictures of the building, downtown, historic signs, and monuments in the space... Continue reading
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Normally, at this time of year, I am on the road to North Carolina. This year is different. I do hope that my planned June trip still is happening. But, in the meantime, I have decided to offload some pictures... Continue reading
Normally, about this time, I would be preparing for another road trip. Instead, I am planning and dreaming. I am not one that has visited all 50 states--I think I am around 35 or so--which means my goal of a... Continue reading
Subordination of one's own desires is not often easy. But it is often necessary. An upcoming family trip to the West Coast is an example. I have limited myself to just one request, which is to see the courthouses--old and... Continue reading
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