Author Archives: Ray Boas

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – SANTA’S LAND – AND MORE – 25 NOVEMBER 2018

This weekend I did a few holiday things I want to share with you, and I have listed some holiday events I encourage you to explore. Many I have done, and will link you to my past adventures to further … Continue reading

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SAVING THE “GATEWAY TO WALPOLE”

As many of my “shunpiking” friends know I am involved in much more than traveling and bookselling. I publish the local newspaper THE WALPOLE CLARION, and for the past six months have been working with a group to preserve and … Continue reading

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ARMISTICE DAY – 100th ANNIVERSARY – NOVEMBER 11, 2018 – VETERANS DAY

This is the first time I have shared something other than my travels here on “Shunpiking with Ray.” For years I have received a daily email from The Week – a magazine and website – providing top news stories and … Continue reading

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDUSTRIAL HISTORY – 21 OCTOBER 2018

“Americans invent as the Greeks sculptured and the Italians painted: It is genius.” -The Times – London – 1876 About a year ago I clipped an article from an antiques magazine about a new museum in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – the … Continue reading

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FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL and a HERSHEY REDUX – 19-20 OCTOBER 2018

My program and introduction to amazing Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (posts eventually coming) finished up before noon on Friday the 19th. Plan was to stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville on my way to Hershey for two nights with … Continue reading

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OVER THE ALLEGHENIES and the JOHNSTOWN FLOOD – 13-14 OCTOBER 2018

I have wanted to visit Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to experience the site of the May 31, 1889, flood since I read David McCullough’s The Johnstown Flood in the 1970s. This, his first book published in 1968, launched his writing career gaining … Continue reading

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TWO TRAIN TRIP TALES – 4 OCTOBER 2018 and 14 JUNE 2018

So these adventures are four months apart? I still want to remember, and to share, and hopefully provide you with some ideas for future fun. Let me begin with the past week, and go back. Only lived in New Hampshire … Continue reading

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HISTORIC DEERFIELD – FANTASTIC DAY – 29 SEPTEMBER 2018

I feel so blessed, and I thank Him several times a day. And, I am blessed because I am where I am thanks to the thirteen years I had with Cathy – I thank her also every day. I am … Continue reading

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FAIR – FARM FESTIVAL – AND A FIND – VERMONT – 22 SEPTEMBER 2018

Yes, I like alliteration. Anyway, I have had in front of me for awhile two newspaper ad clippings for Vermont events today – PERU FAIR and the 20th ANNUAL AUTUMN ROUND-UP in Ludlow (I had seen this advertised at the … Continue reading

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BOARDING WITH THE BIXBYS – 15-16 SEPTEMBER (1838) 2018 – OSV.org

There are some adventures that are so rare, uncommon and unique that you just have to do them. And when it also covers an interest you have for adventure or learning, so much the better. And, that is what I … Continue reading

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