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Old 06-23-2012, 12:56 PM   #715
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Overlooking Lake Champlain and the Winooski River, Essex Junction, VT is a suburb of Burlington, but a very impotant village in its own right. IBM chose Essex Junction as home for it's semiconductor manufacturing facility, and thus established the largest industrial operation in the state. As its name implies, Essex Junction was first established at the joining of several important rail lines. The main rail service today is Amtrak, and the village is on the direct route between Montreal, QC and NY City. This is the home also of the Champlain Valley Expositon, an important fair in the NW New England region with top entertainment acts and an annual attendance of over 300,000.


View of Lake Champlain (West toward NY's Adirondacks) from Essex Junction, VT

Camping in and near Essex Junction:




See the link below for a list of 100 Covered Bridges in Vermont, many near Essex Junction!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ges_in_Vermont

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Old 06-23-2012, 04:56 PM   #716
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Nocona, Texas. Home of the Nokona Leather Company, makers of the incomparable Nokona baseball glove!
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Acoma pueblo! Located west of ABQ and 10 or 15 miles south of the interstate, Acoma has been inhabited for some 800 years. It really is worth a visit, to include the visitors center below the cliff.

A day of infamy at Acoma came as a result of the natives daring to challenge the authority of Juan de Onate. He responded by enslaving many and amputating the right foot of all males over 25.

As a side note, several years ago, a visitors center devoted to Onate was opened just north of one of the Rio Grande pueblos. The center includes a statue of Onate on horseback out front. Almost as if by magic, Onate's right foot was cut off soon after the opening. (It was reattached later.)

To this day, there is, needless to say, a good deal of bad blood. Just check the blog site linked below for a different take on the same matter.

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Acworth, New Hampshire. About three miles east of this village on the shoulder of the Connecticut River valley are a series of small rock structures called The Beehives. These are similar to Viking era structures found in Ireland. Welcome to the New World, Columbus!
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Natoma, Kansas was my introduction to small-town life, and I have considered it my home away from home since my first days teaching there in 1985.

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Old 06-23-2012, 05:55 PM   #720
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Alexandria Bay, NY is the center stage for your 1000 Islands Vaction. Whether you boat, camp, golf, fish, dine, tour, taste wines, or dance, you'll find it in "A-Bay".
A short powerboat ride will take you to both Boldt and Singer Castles, 19th Century "European" castles on the St.Lawrence. Campsites abound in both private and NY State parks. There's nothing like sitting on the dock at sunset with a cool drink in hand, loved ones and friends nearby, and ocean ships gliding by a few hundred feet out in the channel.



Boldt Castle just off Alexandria Bay, NY.

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Oh, a "y" town! Ah, well, how about Yah-ta-hey, NM (which gives a "y" to the next person!).

Yah-ta-hey is a tiny Navajo berg north of Gallup. Not a whole lot there except for a chapter house and a some homes; there's a trading post a few miles outside of town. Total population is around 500, which makes Angel Fire twice as large!!

Pics are extremely difficult to come by for Yah-ta-hey. I sure didn't take any while driving through, and not many others did, either. In lieu, here's the wikipedia article:

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Old 06-23-2012, 06:18 PM   #722
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Norwood, NY is a village within the townships of Norfolk and Potsdam, NY. Once important as a railroad junction of 1 terminating and 2 intersecting lines (an earlier village name was Potsdam Junction) Norwood's current claim to fame is it's world-class "Norwood Brass Firemen" band, and its annual “Norwood Village Green” summer concert series.

The Norwood Brass Firemen were the official US band to the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, performed on the South Lawn of the Reagan Whitehouse, and played for both Ronald Reagan's and George H.W. Bush's Inaugurations. The group is the official band of FASNY, the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY.



The Norwood Brass Firemen, on parade in Spencerville, Ontario Canada.

See: Meet the Masters: Norwood Brass Firemen

The Norwood Village Green concert series is well known as venue for free concerts by top notch entertainers from around the world. The attendance for these concerts is thousands every summer. Many RV'ers take in these shows which are presented every Sunday and Thursday evening at 7:00 PM throughout the summer. See: Norwood Village Green Concert Series - 2012 Schedule

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I am a 36-year veteran of the Norwood Brass Firemen, and will be performing solo at the Village Green concert Series tonight (06/24/2012) at 7:00 PM.


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Old 06-24-2012, 10:27 AM   #724
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A small city in Central Illinois that is home to several large corporations, but to me the most memorable was the Archer-Daniels plant that was about two miles from where I lived.



Eisenhower High School was where I worked, and was the view from my kitchen window while I lived in Decatur . . . .
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Oh, Ramah, NM! Small town, fairly isolated in western New Mexico. Nearby is the El Morro National Monument, a really cool place with signatures carved into the rock from as far back as you'd want to go! And next to the monument is the El Morro RV Park and Cabins with the cafe next door where they make one really good green chili burger! Their pies look really great, too! Really, really funky people, too!

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"A" is for Aztec, NM! Aztec is a pleasant little town outside of Farmington/Bloomfield in NW NM. There's a pretty good hardware store from which we bought some plumbing parts for the AS, and a nice coffee and pastry shop across the street!

What makes Aztec pretty special is that it is home to the Aztec Ruins National Monument. The Ancestral Pueblan settlement there was not that large, certainly not as large as, say, Chaco Canyon, but it's still pretty respectable. (Essentially, it's a Chaco outlier.) The visitors center is quite good with fairly extensive exhibits, and the trails through the settlement are easily navigated. What catches the eye of many is the reconstructed Great Kiva at Aztec. I'll bet I'll be able to include some pics of it!

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