Category Archives: Miscellaneous Musings

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2018 — HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019

You have not heard from me since 25 November. I have missed writing my travel posts here, not to mention missing the adventures to share. Have you wondered why? My hips prevented many of my desired travels in 2018, as … Continue reading

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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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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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INTRODUCING GiGi – MY “NEW LADY” – 9 JULY 2018

Did you get to the end of my 4th of July post? Did you see my last comment – “I have a mission tomorrow. I wonder if the local dealer is really “ready to deal.” Well, what may seem an … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT – OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE – 2017

In October I visited Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) for the first time in nine years, and it had been decades before for my previous visits. I spent the whole day there – loved it – and purchased my membership when … Continue reading

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HOLIDAY EXPLORATIONS – GETTING YOU IN THE MOOD – 6 and 9 DECEMBER 2017

  I may have shared I considered mid-December Road Scholar Christmas programs at the Biltmore, and another in Williamsburg. For various reasons I decided not to go, holding those areas for adventures in late spring instead. But, I wanted to … Continue reading

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FLICKERING FLAMES OF A HOPELESS ROMANTIC – 3 DECEMBER 2017

Many “forces” drive me to combine and share words. Earlier this week I reread an article “Remembering the Good old Days of Collecting Antiques,” and on the 2nd in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, I bought yet another candle holder, this of handcrafted … Continue reading

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SERENDIPITY – COINCIDENCES – ABANDONED ROADS and MORE – 15 and 16 APRIL 2017

“To write about something is to live it twice.” Today’s informative, eye-opening adventure (for me at least) stemmed following a lecture I presented two weeks ago at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. The day before I received a phone call … Continue reading

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2190 SHUNPIKING DAYS – 10 APRIL 2011 to 10 APRIL 2017

FACT – BLACK BEAUTY and I traveled to Proctorsville, Vermont, and accomplished our first “on the road” posting on April 10, 2011. FACT – Since that day, in six years I have written 240 adventures and stories to share here – Averaging One Every Nine … Continue reading

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ANCIENT ALIENS? AMERICAN ANCESTORS? HOAX? — A DAY WITH GARY – 24 MAY 2015

I am sitting on my porch, enjoying a breeze, while finally getting to write about my fun day with Number Two Son, Gary, this past Sunday.  A couple weeks ago he emailed saying, “let’s get together on May 24th.” “Perfect,” … Continue reading

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