Trip Intro;
Excursion to Poet's Seat Tower
A Tri-State Drive Thru Rural Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts
Shelburne Falls: Bridge of Flowers and Glacial Potholes
Tennis Camp at Amherst College
On the Road Again: From Amherst to Block Island
Block Island Discovery Part 1: God's Glory at Mohegan Bluffs
Block Island Discovery Part 2: Hiking, Biking, and Beaches
The South County of Rhode Island: Point Judith Light and Misquamicut
A Trip to America's Third Oldest Lighthouse
Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport;
The North Shore of Massachusetts
Trinity Church and the Back Bay of Boston

When I finally grew tired of admiring the beautiful scenery provided by the perch at Poet's Seat, I moved on to achieve part of a goal I had for the trip: to visit as many of the six New England states as possible! I've always been a big fan of trying to visit every state in the nation, and on this day, I managed to add two more to my list. (Curious? I've also seen Wisconsin, Minnesota, S. Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas [duh], Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, DC, New York, New Jersey, and on this trip, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Which means I'm only lacking 19.) God bless America!

From Greenfield, Mass, it's just a short drive north to either New Hampshire or Vermont. You can take the interstate and get there really quickly... or, you can take ridiculous back roads and enjoy the rural countryside. What do you think I did? Ha! Before my trip, I had mapped out every bit of travel I planned to do. It worked most excellently, and I started in NH.

I remember that to get this picture, I had to stop in the middle of the road, back up, and then shoot. The roads were mostly empty on this Sunday morning so it was no big deal. I think I actually took this picture while I was rolling forward and not fully stopped... More craziness will ensue, don't worry.

Further along in NH, I came across this old farm. I was surprised to see so many farms in New England, mostly because the land was pretty hilly and always full of trees. For this picture, I pulled off to the side of the road and got out to take it. I didn't always have that luxury though...

I only drove as far north as Brattleboro, VT, which is on the river that separates NH and VT. There were some extraordinarily narrow bridges for crossing the river, and of course some extra construction in the fair-sized town to help slow up my ride. I knew that I didn't have time to weave a backroads trail back to Greenfield, so I found the interstate and headed back south.

Crazy bastard! I just love how some interstates run right through beautiful countryside. So much nicer than the dreadful, boring highways in Texas. So I wanted to take a picture. No stopping on the highway though! No way! This is 65 MPH and snappin' pix! Good thing there were no Vermont state troopers around!

This picture was pretty tricky - had to time it just right. Ostensibly more difficult than using a cell-phone while driving, and you don't hear about legislation to put an end to this kind of foolishness!

Highway 2, by the way, is the road I took from Boston to Greenfield the previous day.

After my fun drive thru NH and VT, I still had some time to go hunt down some more touristy stuff. West of I-91 off Hwy 2 is the town of Shelburne Falls, locally famous for its Bridge of Flowers and Glacial Potholes. Anything that starts with capital letters in the tourist guide has to be worth checking out, right?

This is the main street of Shelburne Falls.

The river that runs through the town can be crossed by vehicle only via this extraordinarily narrow bridge. I was extremely glad to have a small zippy car that fit anywhere.

You know, all the American flags in all the places I visited up there really reinforced my belief that Americans from coast to coast deeply love and take pride in their country. It's like I kept hearing that John Mellencamp song playing in my head... "Ain't that America, something to see baby..."

A ha! This is what we came here to see!

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