Online Traveling #22: Massachusetts

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I have no idea what I will find in Massachusetts.  I can’t wait to see what new things I can learn……

{}  Massachusetts State of the United States of America

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the United States. Wikipedia  Capital: Boston {}

I know I haven’t taken the time to go to other states and find out what they are about, but I feel like the first question from Google about Massachusetts should give me more info. 

My next stop was: https://www.mass.gov/   At first glance I honestly thought this was going to be real short, because their website didn’t look like much. I am glad I went back and got to clicking, because there are a few thing I would like to know:

  1. https://www.mass.gov/topics/wild-massachusetts
  2. https://www.visitma.com/things-to-do/arts/art-museums-galleries/
  3. https://www.visitma.com/things-to-do/bring-the-kids/

There are more things to do, feel free to click on the first stop to get more info..

{} Franklin City in Massachusetts

Description The Town of Franklin is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Franklin is one of thirteen Massachusetts municipalities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government but wish to retain “The town of” in their official names. As of 202, the city’s population was 33,261. Wikipedia {} 

I started looking on youtube for some info and came across a picture of a train. I like to look at them, but would not like to ride in one at least for a long time. I no longer care to ride the trains in New York City, not even for a few minutes – been there and did that and NEVER want to do that again.

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https://youtu.be/8emIpayGgQo  Chasing The MBTA Geometry Train On Needham And Franklin Lines! (March 2022 Edition) Mar 14, 2022

Demrailroadfilms24  On Sunday, 3/6/2022, Northeast Rail Videos and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and chase some trains around southeastern Massachusetts.  After seeing CSX L002 and MBTA 2503 in Ashland, we got breakfast and then headed back east in search for the MBTA Geometry train.  We first arrived at Hersey station in Needham where we began our Needham portion of the chase.  We were able to see the train at Hersey, Needham Junction, Heights and then Center as it went back inbound.  After that, we headed over to Norwood Depot where we saw it going west on the Franklin Line.  Then it was off to Walpole where we saw it coming back from Foxboro and then we saw it heading west towards Franklin and Milford.  Our final spot was Depot St in Milford where we got to see the train on some rarely touched milage for the MBTA so that was a great end to an awesome day!       Enjoy the video! {}

The most updated videos are about places to live, schools (saw one that read a parent was laughing when a young person was talking about bullying. NOT COOL AT ALL why I didn’t post it), the weather, and I am done in Franklin Massachusetts…..

{}  Lexington Town in Massachusetts

Description:    Lexington is a town in Massachusetts, northwest of Boston. It’s known for Lexington Common, or Battle Green, where the shot of the American Revolutionary War was fired. On the green, the Minuteman Statue and Revolutionary Monument commemorate militia who clashed with the British. Close by, the Hancock-Clarke House documents the town’s role in the revolution and is also honored in re-enactments. – Google {}

Once again I couldn’t find any up to date videos other than where to live or anything that caught my attention. I am going to a site i have gone to before and I am sure I will find something there:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g41643-Lexington_Massachusetts-Vacations.html

  1. https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/historic-sites
  2. https://www.wilsonfarm.com/v2.0/home.php
  3. https://www.lexingtonma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif7101/f/uploads/willard_s_woods.pdf

{} Shrewsbury, Massachusetts  Town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Shrewsbury, unlike the surrounding towns of Grafton, Millbury, Westborough, Northborough, Boylston, and West Boylston did not become a mill town or farming village; most of its 19th-century growth was due to its proximity to Worcester and visitors to Lake Quinsigamond. Wikipedia {}

I like to start with the websites of each state. I have noticed there you will have more info, and this website was the best of all. I can’t wait to really get to clicking to see what there is to do, what the town of Shrewsbury is about, and more. If the website is bright and cheerful and brings a Smile 🙂 anyway lets g0: https://shrewsburyma.gov/

~~ Okay, I was totally wrong about this website. I guess it’s not all about how it looks. Then again if you live here, it will work for you, so let me move on..

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g41813-Shrewsbury_Massachusetts-Vacations.html

  1. https://www.skiward.com/ Ski Ward is a year-round recreational facility offering skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing with a terrain park, lessons and rentals in the winter, summer tubing, a summer ski and snowboard park and beach volleyball in the summer and Slopeside Bar & Grill offering lunch, dinner, outdoor, and rental facilities year-round. (These are not my words, but words from the website)
  2. https://www.hebertcandies.com/   “From humble beginnings to New England staple, Hebert is still committed to the same passion for handcrafted excellence that Frederick Hebert introduced over a century ago. The Hebert experience is universal: Everyone can enjoy great chocolates.” (These are not my words, but words from the website)  

I have always wanted to go to a lodge in the winter time. No, I will not be skiing or doing anything more than walking a short distance to enjoy the beauty. Then I will enjoy looking at it through a large window inside with something hot to drink in my hand.

I know that doesn’t sound like fun, but I am not as young as I once was and know a broken bone or two wouldn’t be any fun. I would also love to taste some of that great chocolate at Hebert Candy place. 

I did find a cute  gift shop, but when I clicked on its website, at the top of my computer it said, “not sure” I clicked off quickly and why I am not even going to list the shop’s name. 

I am going to go to youtube and search through a few videos. I don’t think I will spend too much time here. I am starting to lose interest.

I was right, I am done here in Massachusetts. The first video was about school (Once again nothing good) , sports, and places to live.

I finally got some yarn and now I am working on a new project, so I am going to get back to creating, and hope everyone enjoys their day….. 

Bye IV Now, LD*

Online Traveling #20: Maryland…

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I have been wanting to do something out of my everyday routine. It didn’t matter how many times I said I was going to do something when I got home from work. I couldn’t get past only wanting to rest, eat, and spend some time with my son.

This weekend became a lazy weekend and that was cool. I have been wanting to learn a new crochet stitch and did just that.[  Ditsy Daisy Granny Squares – Crochet Tutorial   https://youtu.be/Z4joYW3RkNs

I may have had to add an extra stitch that works best for my work, I still had fun, and I can’t wait to create more. 

Sidenote:  I will talk more about my new crochet stitch at a later time. I realized I haven’t taken any time to write or watch my next state. Maryland is up. I never really thought about this state, so I have no idea what there is to do or anything about it. I guess it’s time to get some of these questions answered.

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State of the United States of America

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Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. En.wikipedia.org {} 

So my first stop is: https://www.maryland.gov 

What caught my attention was  “Maryland Fun for Everyone,” and here is that page: https://www.visitmaryland.org 

  • This gives you some ideas on what you can do there and some fun things to do online like puzzles to nice pictures to look at.
  • The free state scavenger hunt looked like fun.

My next stop in Maryland was Ocean Pine and the video I watched https://youtu.be/pDhsLyMpP2k   Ocean City Maryland Walking the Beach Boardwalk July 2021.  Was so boring that I really don’t want to look for another video, but that wouldn’t be right.

I only saw more places on the beach, which had too many people (without mask on mind you SMH) and houses for sale. So, I guess I am moving on after all. I was told there wasn’t anything interesting in Maryland, but that can’t be true.

For some reason I found a lot of the best places to live and places not to go. I was ready to call it quits until I came across a 4K video. Like other videos from 4K they are just driving and you are watching from a car’s point of view. If I see something that catches my attention. I would rewide to get a name and go from there.

{} Westminster, Maryland

City in northern Maryland, United States

Westminster is a city in northern Maryland, United States. A suburb of Baltimore, it is the seat of Carroll County. The city’s population was 18,590 at the 2010 census. En.wikipedia.org {}

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Driving Downtown – Westminster 4K – Carroll County, Maryland USA 770 viewsMay 3, 2021

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#1 This looked to be a nice quiet place to live. There were a few buildings that caught my attention, but I couldn’t see what the buildings were.

The next video started before I could stop it. The music is nice and since it is in another part of Maryland I am watching it. 

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Havre de Grace, the Historic Town, Maryland Visit Apr 26, 2021

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#2 –  I am really enjoying this video.

I would like to say I am going to hunt for more videos, but since my tummy is yelling at me. I can only focus on what I am going to eat, so I am cutting my time in Maryland short. There could be something fun to do or some interesting to learn, but I am going to cut my search short for now. Only time will tell if I come back here, Now that I am thinking about it, I don’t think I will. 

I want to create more creative granny squares and continue to relax for the rest of this snow day.

Bye IV Now, LD*

Online Traveling #19: Maine

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I have never thought about going to Maine and have no idea what I am going to find other than seafood. I hope I find  something interesting in this state. It is taking me a little longer than I thought it would take me to see each state in my country. I am finding out a lot of interesting things as I go and that was the idea.

I may not find out everything, because sometimes the best things aren’t online. It is all good, some info is better than none at all, and that is still good. 

{} Maine  State of the United States of America   

Maine is a state in the New England region of the United States, bordered by New Hampshire to the west; the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast; and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest, respectively. En.wikipedia.org  Capital :  Augusta {}

{} What is Maine all about? Maine, the largest of the six New England states, lies at the northeastern corner of the country. Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820, as part of the Missouri Compromise, which allowed Missouri to enter the union as a slave state and Maine as a free state. Maine is bounded by the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Brunswick….. 

Maine – U.S. States – HISTORY.com 

** side note: I was thinking about adding more info – then I realized there are other websites that will do just that, and I can cut a step. Sorry….

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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK    Top 5 Things to do in Acadia National Park Bar Harbor, Main 2021/Travel National Park Road Trip

https://youtu.be/28-G1x323bU   Jul 8, 2021 

Faris and Lisa     We road trip to Acadia National Park in Bar harbor, Maine and list out our top 5 things to do. Follow along as we drive our 2021 Winnebago Revel along Park Loop Road and explore Beehive Hike Trailhead (hiking), Sand Beach, Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain, and Ice Cream in Bar Harbor. These top 5 could make up a full day in Acadia National Park or you could even split it up into 48 hours in Acadia National Park. This Acadia National Park itinerary will provide you with the things to do and directions on how to get to each spot. Hope you enjoy our Acadia National Park vlog! {}

#1  I loved the scenery the best and they gave a lot of information as they got to each spot and helpful suggestions. They did a lot in one day, but I don’t know if I could go everywhere they went to in one day or would want to. I think I like to explore, well I like to enjoy the town more, and rest a lot.

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https://youtu.be/05GSJIn8OQs Maine Trip May 2021 

Dale Davis   This is an 8 minute plus 2 minute end credits video of our road trip to Maine, May 6-13,2021. We drove from Boston to Kennebunkport, then, to Bar Harbor and spent 4 days in the Acadia National Park area. The film features 4 lighthouses, Acadia National Park, timelapses, drone videos, DSLR images, and video images from DJI Osmo Mobile 4 (OM4), Osmo Action video, and Apple iPhone Pro Max 11, and processed in Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom, and LRTimelapse5. Liberal use of the Big Stopped 10 Stop Neutral Density Lee filter was accomplished.{}

#2  Now this video only has music, but what is being shown is outstanding.. It looked relaxing and I would  find a spot in a quiet place and just crochet for a while. After a short walk and a bite to eat. I don’t see why I couldn’t sit with a book and a cup of hot lemon water and enjoy the rest of my day.

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KETTLE COVE  

Kettle cove, Cape Elizabeth Maine Oct 5,2021

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#3  This video doesn’t have to have words. The beautiful picture speaks for itself.

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 #capeelizabeth #vacationmaine #vacationcapeelizabeth Vacation Cape Elizabeth Maine      May 6, 2021

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#4  There was an abandoned building that was there in the middle of nowhere, wonder what it was? (No info) There were a few branches here and there, cool, but way too close to the small trees for me. I looked like a cool place to walk and a lot of nice pictures to bring back for this outing.

** side note: I had to ask google a question?  

Q : Is New Hampshire a part of Maine?                                                              A : New Hampshire (/ˈhæmpʃər/) is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north.

I asked that question, because of the next video. 

{} #newhampshire #fallfoliage #newengland  Best places to visit in New Hampshire for Fall Colors                                               Sep 11, 2021  https://youtu.be/T0WfstU_Gbk

 Mr n Mrs Traveler In this video we will take to the best places to visit in New Hampshire for fall colors. We drove from Conway to Lincoln on the 35 mile scenic Kancamagus Highway which cuts through the White Mountains National Forest and provides one of the best fall foliage views in the country. We visited in the 1st week of October 2020.❤️Check out our latest blog on New Hampshire Fall Foliage for a detailed description :-https://mrnmrstraveler.com/new-hampsh…{}

#5 Before I can say anything about this video, I just noticed a second date (October 2020) but if you notice the date Sept 11, 2021 which was and is on the 1st post of this video. I have no idea which is correct. Anyway. I loved the colors of the trees and they did have some good information about each place they visited.

~ I believe I want to see more of Maine and its surrounding areas, so there will be a part 2 of Maine.

Bye IV Now, LD*

Online Traveling #18: Louisiana…

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~ It is time to get back to me. I have started traveling across America online and I have learned that there are some good places as well as some bad places in America, my country. Just like a person no one is perfect and no country is perfect, but I am still proud to be able to be called an American.

I know there was a bad storm in Louisiana and a few people have suggested I bypass this state, because of that. I thought about it, but then I realized why am I listening to those who as far as I know haven’t read my blog. 

If they had read anything I have written, they would know that I like to stay positive about all things, and one cannot do that if they are focusing on the bad things. Yes, I know bad things happen, but do we focus on that and NOT try to move past it to make things better or do we just stay where we are at?

I only know of a few things about  Louisiana  other than Mardi Gras and Louis Armstrong. I am looking forward to learning more about this state..

{} Louisiana US State

Description   Louisiana is a southeastern U.S. state on the Gulf of Mexico. Its history as a melting pot of French, African, American and French-Canadian cultures is reflected in its Creole and Cajun cultures. The largest city, New Orleans, is known for its colonial-era French Quarter, raucous Mardi Gras festival, jazz music, Renaissance -style St. Louis Cathedral and wartime exhibits at the huge National WWII Museum. – Google   {}

I just remembered a movie I once saw a long time ago that was set in Louisiana.  Brad Pitt( who played Louis) and Tom Cruise (who played Lestat) in the movie called, “Interview with the Vampire”, which was based on a book by Ann Rice.

After I saw this movie back in 94’ I read the book (and as I read it I saw Lestat or should I say Tom Cruise as  brought Lestat alive on screen) and the six books that followed. I read  “Queen of the Damn”, and was highly disappointed when I saw the movie. It had nothing to do with the actors, but it wasn’t like the story I read.

{} city of New Orleans  – The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in all of Louisiana, including the city of New Orleans. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday (the start of lent in the Western Christian tradition). Mardi Gras in New Orleans – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Mardi_Gras_in_New_Orl… {}

~ Sorry, no picture for this kind of party isn’t really to my taste….

 {} Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901.   He was raised by his mother Mayann in a neighborhood so dangerous it was called “The Battlefield.” He only had a fifth-grade education, dropping out of school early to go to work. Biography – Louis Armstrong Home Museum

Louis Armstrong – IMDb imdb.com

30th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Louis Armstrong Archives! Sep 5, 2021

Louis Armstrong House Museum   On September 5, 1991, the Louis Armstrong Archives was dedicated with a special ceremony in Rosenthal Library on the campus of Queens College. Hosted by then-QC President Shirley Strum-Kenny, the event featured trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Jimmy Owneds, Nabate Isles, and Donald Byrd (the latter representing QC’s Aaron Copland School of Music) and was attended by many luminaries, including Jimmy Heath, Arvell Shaw, Marty Napoleon, Phoebe Jacobs, Honi Coles, Then-Armstrong House Director Julian Euell and future Armstrong House Director Michael Cogswell, who had just been hired two months earlier to put together the first exhibit for this event.

For the 30th anniversary, we’ve reached into our Archives to share a 17-minute video compiled by Queens College of the Dedication! The first 10 minutes is footage from the ceremony, climaxed by a full performance of “St. Louis Blues” featuring many of the trumpeters in the house. The rest of the video complies TV news coverage of the Dedication, featuring even more interviews and glimpses from a memorable day.

Today, our Archives–the world’s largest Archives for any single jazz musician–have been completely  digitized thanks to a $2.7 million grant from Fund II Foundation and are searchable online  at https://collections.louisarmstronghou…

And don’t miss the curated virtual exhibits from our Archives on our “That’s My Home” site here:  https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstron… {}

#1  It is always nice to remember those who came before us and their GREAT music. I wish that sound where you can relax to or even get you off of your feet and simple d.a.n.c.e …….   Dance……..

{} Baton Rouge City in Louisiana                                                                    Description  Baton Rouge is a city on the Mississippi River, and the capital of Louisiana. Antebellum landmarks include the castle-like Old Louisiana State Capitol, now a museum, and Magnolia Mound Plantation, with its French Creole house. LSU Rural Life Museum is a complex of refurbished buildings illustrating 18th – and 19th-century life. On the river, the USS Kidd is a retired WWII destroyer that is now a museum. – Google 

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BATON ROUGE  BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – The TOP 10 Places you NEED to see. June 16, 2021

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#2  I like the old capitol building. It reminded me of a romance book or two, it looked cool. I wouldn’t care for the outdoor or water parks, but they have some nice museums I would like to visit.

I went to Addis, Louisiana and found more than five videos, but nothing with talking information. They showed buildings, a zoo, a restaurant, and well I was looking for something else. Here is a site if you want more information: https://www.addisla.org….

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OUR NEW FRONT PORCH   Checkout Fontainebleau State Park near New Orleans, Louisiana. Fontainebleau State Park was once called Tchefuncte State Park. The property records indicated the area was known as Chifonta from the nearby river.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               https://youtu.be/LO3KMnoqg2k {} 

#3  This is a nice park to visit. I could see myself sitting with a book for a while. 

I was in Addis ,Harahan, and Youngsville, but there wasn’t anything that caught my attention.  I am going to look for more cities to visit….   I am done looking for something that’s not about food, places to live, or  –    Things to do in Louisiana you can find out more info on this site. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Products-g60864-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

Bye IV Now, LD*

Skip or Not?

I found a Gin Rummy card game on my phone and now I cannot stop playing it. I was going to go to my next state, which is Louisiana. I was told I shouldn’t, because of the bad storm.

I don’t want to skip over it, because it would have still happened even if I come back in a few weeks, (if I remember to come back) but then again I don’t want to seem like I don’t care.

I am going to put it aside from now and think about it some more. Once again I am at a loss at what anime I am going to watch. I remember watching..

{} Kamisama Kiss Mango series

Description   Kamisama Kiss is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Julietta Suzzuki and serialized by Hakusensha in the shojo manga magazine Hana to Yume. The series is licensed for regional release in North America by Viz Media as part of their Shojo Beat imprint. Wikipedia

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I  remember the first season, but I don’t remember how it end or if it did. So, I asked that question and google gave me an answer….

{} For manga fans, the Kamisama Kiss extended a scene that many could not be upset with. In both the anime and the manga, Tomoe and Nanami get married….. Except for a quick flash to the future, the anime ends after this wedding scene and it was perfect. July 11, 2020 {} 

I decided to watch it again, but after I watched the first season. I got to thinking. Did that really air, because sometimes a book isn’t always turned into an anime. I am going to go to the last chapter in the second season to see if it happened that way.

I know that is like reading the last chapter of the book, and yes I have done that. Sometimes it was for the best and I got to see how it came to that ending and other times I was glad I didn’t  waste any more of my time.

I was hoping I could get a cup of coffee and continue to watch this and then work on my pastel project. I am a little confused, because Tomoe did say he would merry Nanami, but that was when she was a child. The story ended with a New Years Eve party and NOT a wedding.

I am glad I went to the last chapter, but two days and part of this day was wasted. I NEED C.O.F.F.E.E!!!!!

BYE IV Now, LD*