Saturday, July 28, 2012

The day after tomorrow, on July 30, Linda and I will set out for a month on the East Coast. We'll be going into Washington D.C. for a couple of days to see a variety of the Smithsonian museum's and other sites. We've arranged for a congressional tour of the capital building and Supreme Court. 

From Washington we'll go by train to New York City for a 5 day stay. Linda will visit her cousins who are in the 90's. New York lends itself to a wide variety of activities -- Broadway plays, Canal Street, the Lower Eastside, Ellis Island -- you name it, New York City has it. During our stay we'll visit Newington CT. and the American Radio Relay League's Headquarters for a nice visit.

On August 8th, we go to Grand Central and transit by train to Boston. Ah, the Freedom Trail and Fenway Park call us for a couple of days. Boston is a great town, lots of sights, activities and GOOD FOOD!! A few days later we're on our way to Portland Maine for a visit to our good buddy Dave Blumin and his wife in Boothbay Harbor. My niece Deb and sister-in-law Winnie live in Brunswick Maine, so we'll check out those guys during our time in Maine.

Another highlight of our trip will be a stay in Springfield Vermont, the site of Stellafane. Stellafane  is sponsored by the Springfield Telescope Makers founded in 1923 by Russell W. Porter. Among his other credits, Porter was the designer of the 100" and 200" telescopes located on Mt. Wilson and Palomar Mountain. Springfield is considered by many as the "birthplace of amateur telescope making".

We'll be returning on August 30, but in the meantime -- keep an eye here. I'll be posting photos and comments about this adventure during our trip.