Maine – Biddeford Pool

Although Plymouth, Massachusetts, is generally celebrated at the first permanent European settlement in this country, four years earlier over the winter of 1616-17, Richard Vines and some other hearty souls were already snug in their cabins near Biddeford Pool in Maine.  Sir Fernando Gorges had a lot riding on Vines ability to get to MaineContinue reading “Maine – Biddeford Pool”

Maine – Arundel & Goose Rocks: Trolleys and Antiques

When I think of Arundel, Maine, I don’t have a picture of a town…rather my mind takes me to a several distinct locations along the roads crossing the community.  The Town Hall is indistinct, located in a former two-story house, and the closest post offices are in Kennebunk or Kennebunkport.   Once I started digging intoContinue reading “Maine – Arundel & Goose Rocks: Trolleys and Antiques”

Maine – Kennebunk(s) and Walker Point

Driving from Ogunquit to Wells, Maine, much of the land is part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.   Carson (1907-1964) was born in Springdale, PA, about twenty miles up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh, which in her day was a city filled with buildings blackened by smoke from the steel plants.  She worked forContinue reading “Maine – Kennebunk(s) and Walker Point”

Maine – Kittery: Fishing War to Flowers

Kittery is located at southern point of Maine’s coast and is 293 miles from Eastport, the most eastern town in the United State…but 4,568 miles of jagged coastline lay between those two points (Woodward, 32) We usually enter Maine by way of the Piscataqua River Bridge, which opened in 1972.  I love looking at itsContinue reading “Maine – Kittery: Fishing War to Flowers”

Maine – South Berwick: Cows to Classic Architecture

The tall, straight white pines of southern Maine’s forests caught the attention of seamen and the area became the prime source for masts on sailing ships that were plying the waters around the world.  The Salmon Falls River, which got its name from the abundant salmon leaping the falls during spawning season, provided transportation forContinue reading “Maine – South Berwick: Cows to Classic Architecture”

Maine – Ogunquit: “Beautiful Place By the Sea”

Route 1 comes into Maine at Kittery and follows the Atlantic Coast beyond East Machias until it comes to Whiting when it turns north and starts to parallel the Canadian border.  At a little place called Hamlin it loops west and meanders along the southern bank of the St. John River until it reaches FortContinue reading “Maine – Ogunquit: “Beautiful Place By the Sea””

Maine – The Yorks: The Historic Southern Coast

Maine is a little miffed this year at being denied her big bicentennial birthday celebration.  Neighboring Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island were included in the original thirteen colonies.  Vermont was welcomed into the union in 1791, but Maine was not granted independence from Massachusetts until 1820…almost thirty years later.  Don has been exploringContinue reading “Maine – The Yorks: The Historic Southern Coast”

Massachusetts – Rocky Neck: Travel without Encounter

On our first New England daytrip during the COVID-19 shutdown, we faced a different kind of touring.  We would normally be visiting museums and capital buildings and popping into antique shops and anything else that looked interesting, but due to the virus these were all closed to us.  After being sequestered without stepping out ofContinue reading “Massachusetts – Rocky Neck: Travel without Encounter”

Georgia – Cartersville: Booth Museum of Western Art

We happened upon the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, in 2011 on a return trip from Atlanta.  We still had plenty of time left that day and the museum’s name appeared on one of those brown signs alongside the highway…the signs that denote cultural attractions in the vicinity.  The collection was so largeContinue reading “Georgia – Cartersville: Booth Museum of Western Art”

Georgia – Warm Springs: F.D.R.’s Peaceful Refuge

Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Warm Springs for the first time in 1924.  He came seeking relief from the crippling effects of polio…but as it turns out this quiet rural enclave gave him so much more.  In the comforting waters of the pools, he was free of the braces, canes and wheelchairs that both aided andContinue reading “Georgia – Warm Springs: F.D.R.’s Peaceful Refuge”