First, for Valerie and me both, thanks to everyone for your help and input both on GPSes, and on where to go. As I mentioned, we got a Garmin 670, and really appreciated it. However, we weren't able to work in all the great suggestions for this trip — maybe in the future. Thanks, everyone!
My dear wife and I spent Friday, August 15 to Wednesday, August 20 in New England. To my modest list of states-visited I was able to add Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.
As I said, I'd pictured a crowded, overpopulated, burnt-out area. I'm sure there's that; but not where we were. Here's some visual proof; click on each picture to enlarge.
There was Fort Ticonderoga, with the plants growing from its stone walls.
(No pencils, though.)
The fort boasted a formidable fence.
Then there was this goose and goslings at Plimouth Plantation.
I kept seeing some of the most beautiful wildflowers, like this delightful little blue ones.
We also did a bit of the the Cliff Walk in Rhode Island. This gave me a chance to touch the Atlantic from this side. (I'd previously only touched it from the other side, off the island of Iona.)
These rose hips overlooked the Atlantic along the Cliff Walk. I loved the play of colors.
There were more lovely flowers in Old Sturbridge Village.
This ant may also have been a docent; not sure.
It rained as we arrived, so we brought our coats -- causing it to clear up and get sunny!
And last, we'll close out this round with a cool covered bridge. My dear wife had hoped to see one, and...voila!
Later I may feature some pictures from the other aspects of the trip.