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”

Georgia – Columbus: Part 3 Camellias and Art

After touring the Naval Museum and the Infantry Museum, we drove a little in downtown Columbus and stopped at the info center where we picked up an armful of brochures.  A visit to the Visitors Center convinced us that there is a lot more to see so we already anticipate a return trip…but for nowContinue reading “Georgia – Columbus: Part 3 Camellias and Art”

Georgia – Columbus: Part 2 The U.S. Infantry

So much of U.S. history is told around battles and wars and it is no wonder since an internet source claims the country has been at war 93% of the time (Freakonometrics hypotheses.org).  A visit to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center tells the story of the U.S. Army Infantry from the founding ofContinue reading “Georgia – Columbus: Part 2 The U.S. Infantry”

Georgia – Columbus: War and Camellias – Part 1 The Navy

We had done a lot of work planning our route to the Stark Museum in Orange, Texas, but we had not put much thought into what we might visit on our drive home.  As a result, we followed up on a friend’s recommendation that we visit Columbus, Georgia, and the National Civil War Naval Museum. Continue reading “Georgia – Columbus: War and Camellias – Part 1 The Navy”

Texas – Orange: The Stark Family Legacy

We’d been looking forward to this day for eleven years.  We were finally on our way to Orange, Texas, to visit the Stark Museum of Western Art.  What an odyssey we set for ourselves when we picked up the “Museums West” brochure and decided to visit each of the Western Art museums in the association.  Continue reading “Texas – Orange: The Stark Family Legacy”