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by Lloyd Treichel
Dateline: September 28, 2004 -- Rutland, Vermont
Future travel plans... Continuing in a southerly direction to arrive in Florida by late November. The hurricane damage should be repaired by the time I arrive.
This Wandrin column covers some exploring through New England.
Acadia National Park.... located on the coast of Maine is a scenic park including views of lakes, mountains and ocean with recreation for all. Kayaking, hiking, swimming in lakes or the ocean are among the many recreation choices. As usual, hiking was my choice although I rode my bike along the many carriage trails built in the 1920s. As I hiked the mountain trails in the park, there were lots of wild blueberries waiting to be picked.
The park surrounds the Maine town of Baa Haba -- otherwise known to most as Bar Harbor. When in Maine you must have "lobsta". Actually, I would rather have clam chowder. I had it numerous times at many different places throughout New England. By the way, I enjoyed every bowl.
Camden, Maine... was celebrating Windjammer Weekend when I arrived. I am not a sailor, but I enjoy the look of a fully rigged sail boat. Further, it always seems to have a feel and sense of adventure and freedom. To relive a Windjammer experience, I took a two hour tour from the Camden harbor. While passing time on board with the other passengers, I also had the chance to tell one of my favorite stories.
Ten years ago, I went to a travel agent to arrange a cruise in the Caribbean. Sure they could arrange a cruise. I responded that I didn't want to be on one of those cities on the water. It was allowed that they also had smaller ships for me to consider. My last requirement was that I did not want to dress for dinner. That would be no problem since they also could arrange a nudist cruise for me.... That's not what I had in mind.
Boston area... has lots of history as it relates to the Revolutionary War. In the Boston area I visited Quincy to tour the homes of John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams. More historic sites were visited in the Minute Man National Historic Park. In downtown Boston, there were bus tours, trolley tours, harbor tours and walking tours. So I took the historic walking tour. The walking built up an appetite so I had clam chowder at the Union Oyster House where clams and oysters have been served since 1826.
Walden Pond... was made famous by Henry David Thoreau. Today, Walden Pond is a State Park and the pond is a recreation stop for the locals. The size of Thoreau's reconstructed cabin reminded me of Wandrin Wagon. Living simply as I do, it seemed only natural to walk around the pond in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau --- and thousands of others.
Thoreau's quote on a sign at the cabin site:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
Continuing my journey in Massachusetts and on the way to Cape Cod, I had stopped at...
Plimouth Plantation... This is an historic recreation of the settlement at Plymouth Rock in !620. Here the actors play their roles as they survive in 1627. The associated Indian village recreation is equally fascinating without resorting to acting. Native Americans relate and interpret Indian history during and since 1627.
My hiking buddy, Rich Goscicki, brought his trailer from Colorado out to Connecticut to visit his mother and sister. We traveled together for a few weeks before he headed back to his lovely Cyndi. One tour we took was ...
The Breakers ... in Newport, Rhode Island. This 138,000 square foot summer "cottage" used for about six to eight months a year cannot be described in words. Built by a wealthy Vanderbilt for a family of seven, opulence is an inadequate word to describe the structure. The entire building is a work of art including stone walls, sculptures, tile mosaics, wood carvings, wood details and the gold leaf that decorates many of the rooms.
New York City... We parked at the Fairfield (CT) Elks Lodge and took the train to arrive at Grand Central Station. While in New York City, we saw the whole city --- from atop the Empire State Building. With more walking there was more to see including Central Park, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. A quick lunch at a New York Deli was welcome. This city was a lot to absorb. People, tall buildings, traffic noise, taxies numbed the senses and we headed out to a quieter world of...
Vermont colors... Rutland was the base as we explored the area's villages and back roads. The colors were not at the peak, but there was beauty in the contrast as the greens gave way to reds and yellows. While here, it was only natural to hike the Appalachian Trail -- at least a portion of it.
Cinnamon Roll Search ... I'm losing interest in this search. There I've written it. Sorry about that. Frequent disappointments is the main reason for not being as avid on the search.
Looking for bakeries can also get in the way of other explorations. In the future, the cinnamon roll will be part of the journey, not the destination.
Vanity License Plates ....
D-MAMA --- Is there another car with D-PAPA?
LIL HMR --- On the Element -- the Honda model that resembles a baby Hummer.
IEXCEL --- Four stars to you!
VOLKSY --- On a yellow bug.
BGR8FUL --- Good philosophy.
IMFINE --- On an older Corvette.
GPUPA --- Grandpa's car?
BLUBLUR --- Not the expected blue Corvette.
MAYB1DAY --- was spotted on a new Mercedes convertible in downtown New York City. Perhaps "Maybe one day I will own it."
Appropriate quote to this election season ...
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. --- Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)
Wondering... Based upon coverage in newspapers, radio and roadside signs, the only office up for a November election is the US President.
Fiction was in the pile of books once again. This time it was the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. This story of Africa is told from the perspective of five missionary family members. Each relates the life in Africa and how that affects them 30 years after.
Coyote Nowhere by John Holt is another of those "Mountain West" books. As a fisherman, the author explores and deplores the disappearing Rocky Mountain west. When you love the west like I do, this book embraces that feel. However, the detailed descriptions of rivers, flies, strikes and landings of his fishing excursions does get a little old.
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