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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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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
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