Author Archives: Ray Boas

149th TUNBRIDGE WORLD’S FAIR – SEPTEMBER 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2021

The Tunbridge World’s Fair began in 1867. The first eight fairs were held in North Tunbridge, Vermont, before “moving south.” The fair is currently chaired by Alan Howe,, who took over from Euclid Farnham after the 2009 fair (I chatted with … Continue reading

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STAR ISLAND – ISLES OF SHOALS – 6-10 SEPTEMBER 2021

Nine years ago, 3-9 September 2012, I attended a Digital Photography Road Scholar program on Star Island, back in in the 19th century. As tradition says “You Will Be Back,” and I finally got back. The nonprofit Star Island Corporation … Continue reading

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49th ANNUAL DUBLIN GAS ENGINE MEET – 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 – BEST YET 

I have had a full week – and making it even better was going today to the annual Gas Engine Meet in Dublin, New Hampshire. This year the crowd was the largest, many fascinating machines, more cars, unique historic tractors, … Continue reading

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ON THE WAY HOME – 1 SEPTEMBER 2021 – CANAL and MINERAL SPRING

If you have “travelled with me” on “Shunpiking with Ray,” you know that two reoccurring themes for exploration are canals and 19th century summer resorts. Heading home from Granville, NY, the plan was the Champlain Canal to Whitehall, New York, … Continue reading

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GUILFORD, VERMONT and GUILFORD FAIR – 5 SEPTEMBER 2021

I had a great day today, and am racing with limited time tonight to get this post done and to you to encourage you to visit the Guilford Fair tomorrow, Labor Day. I passed the remote, rural fairgrounds several months … Continue reading

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BACK TO MOUNT GREYLOCK and WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS – 18-20 AUGUST 2021

I am sure you remember a trip I planned in 2010, and finally headed off for on August 1, 2017, but sadly only made it half way when BLACK BEAUTY decided to shut down and ask for a piggy-back ride … Continue reading

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TWO LAKES — MORE RAILROAD — THE LARGEST — 14 AUGUST 2021

I had much I wanted to explore on Saturday – the weather starting was not looking good, and I delayed departure – but, I checked the weather radar map and decided to just jump in BLUE BELLE and go – … Continue reading

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A LAKE — A RAILROAD — A FIRST — 31 JULY 2021

I still have places “on the list” to explore just across the river in Vermont, and here is an eighty mile round trip that took 120 miles in seven hours. Reading that Rudyard Kipling and his wife would spend time … Continue reading

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57 MILE LOOP — COUNTRY STORE – COVERED BRIDGES – WATER FALL – FERRY LANDINGS – ICE CREAM CONE

Recently I have been staying closer to Walpole, but there is still much to see and experience exploring nearby ROADS and ROUTES. The impetus for my trips comes many ways, and there is constant learning that (hopefully) is keeping me … Continue reading

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BACK IN VERMONT — 22-24 JULY 2021

It has been awhile since I have been out. As you know I will head out on a whim, and sometimes have a reason. The past two weekends I had reasons. First to spend two nights in a tent with … Continue reading

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