LOG OF ADVENTURES – YEAR BY YEAR


“To write about something is to live it twice.”

I created this page at the beginning of 2017 to recall and review my travels and adventures. Listed below in descending chronological order are those “shunpiking” experiences and memories — for myself, but also to share. I enjoy revisiting many places and in doing so, discover new things I previously missed. So this listing will help in my planning, but will give you access, by year, to my adventures, as documented on SHUNPIKING WITH RAY – over 240 adventures from 2011 through 2016.

You may also enjoy some pages I “play with” from time to time – just some hobbies.
Rocking Chair Studies
Prof. RAB’s Wagon of Wonders
Gallery of Favorites

 

2017

 

46th ANNUAL DUBLIN, NH – GAS ENGINE MEET – 9 SEPTEMBER 2017

WHACKED IN Fall River — 16 and 17 AUGUST 2017

MY 4 1/4 HOUR VACATION YOU MUST TAKE – AUGUST 20, 2017 – AND A TEASER

SEVEN YEARS “ON THE LIST” – NOW HALF DONE – 1-2 AUGUST 2017

JULY 2017 SHUNPIKING COMPENDIUM

JULY 4, 2017 – PLYMOUTH NOTCH, VERMONT – THE BEST YET

112 BLUE BELLE MILES – 8 COVERED BRIDGES – 2 JULY 2017

95 BLACK BEAUTY MILES – 5 COVERED BRIDGES – 1 JULY 2017

ONLY THE TREES ARE DIFFERENT and ONLY ONE IN THE US – 10 JUNE 2017

COMPANY AND A NEW TRAVEL EXCUSE – 20-21 MAY 2017

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

2190 SHUNPIKING DAYS – 10 APRIL 2011 to 10 APRIL 2017

FISH, FENCES, PRISON AND MORE – 2-4 APRIL 2017

THAT TIME IN MARCH – I TREAT MYSELF – 12-14 MARCH 2017

FILLING IN THE MAP IN CONNECTICUT – 20-22 FEBRUARY 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – 28 JANUARY to 1 FEBRUARY 2017

2016

HOLIDAY GREETINGS and TRADITIONS – 19-20 DECEMBER 2016
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN PLYMOUTH NOTCH – 10 DECEMBER 2016
INN-DULGENCE TOUR – OKEMO VALLEY, VERMONT – 3 DECEMBER 2016

BACKYARD (ALMOST) OVERNIGHT — 9-10 NOVEMBER 2016

LEAVES — 20 OCTOBER 2016
A WALPOLEAN IN PARIS – 11-17 OCTOBER 2016 — PART II
A WALPOLEAN IN PARIS – 11-17 OCTOBER 2016 — PART I
TWO LOCAL THINGS YOU NEED TO DO – NOW !!! — 3 and 4 October 2016

EVERYTHING DUTCH IN THE HUDSON VALLEY – 18-23 SEPTEMBER 2016 – ROAD SCHOLAR
18 SEPT 2016 HEADING TO — EVERYTHING DUTCH IN THE HUDSON VALLEY — AND BACK FROM 23 SEPT 2016
A NEW DISCOVERY AND “HIT AND MISS” – 10 SEPTEMBER 2016
BONUS DAY – BONUS 164 KILOMETERS WITH BLUE BELLE – 5 SEPTEMBER 2016

CONNECTICUT EXPLORATIONS – 10 – 12 AUGUST 2016

POCONO and OLD MINE ROAD EXPLORATIONS – 16-19 JULY 2016
MAINLY MAINE – HISTORIC OVERNIGHT – 7-8 July 2016
JULY 4, 2016 — WHERE WOULD I BE? – PLYMOUTH NOTCH, VERMONT

TWO NIGHT EXPERIMENT – SARATOGA SPRINGS – 28-30 JUNE 2016
102 DAYS SINCE YOU HAVE HEARD FROM ME – 26 JUNE 2016 at SAINT-GAUDENS

BIRTHDAY BREAK – WHERE ELSE? – RLI – 13-15 MARCH 2016

FEBRUARY FINALE – 20-29 FEBRUARY 2016
PRESIDENT’S DAY – WHERE ELSE WOULD I BE? – PLYMOUTH NOTCH, VT – 15 FEBRUARY 2016
STILL ALIVE – PRIMARY DAY IN NH – 9 FEBRUARY 2016

2015

A COUPLE EXPERIENCES THAT YOU SHOULD EXPERIENCE – 17-22 NOVEMBER 2015
MAINLY MAINE – A NEEDED BREAK 9-11 NOVEMBER 2015

SHUNPIKING SUNDAY – LEAF PEEPING – 18 OCTOBER 2015
ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN – CONTINUING THE EXPLORATIONS – 5 OCTOBER 2015

144th TUNBRIDGE WORLD’S FAIR – 17 SEPTEMBER 2015 – TUNBRIDGE, VERMONT
A COMPENDIUM OF ADVENTURES – 7-13 SEPTEMBER 2015
BACK IN THE USA – BUT I DID NOT GO TO DISNEYWORLD – 4-6 SEPTEMBER 2015

16 KNOTS AN HOUR FOR 8 DAYS – COMMENCING 27 AUGUST 2015
REPOSITIONING DAY – WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 2015 – AND WHAT A DAY
WHERE’S RAY ??? — 21 to 25 AUGUST 2015 — “WHEN IRISH EYES…”NINETY MILES IN THE REPUBLIC OF VERMONT – 8 AUGUST 2015

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT and CALVIN COOLIDGE – 30 July and 1 August 2015
238 YEARS OF HISTORY IN 298 KILOMETERS – 11 JULY 2015
JOYOUS JULY – RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOU – 2-5 July 2015

IS ORANGE, MASSACHUSETTS ON THE WAY HOME FROM BOSTON? – 27 JUNE 2015
SECOND FAVORITE SPOT – THE FORT AT NO. 4 – 20 June 2015
FLAG DAY – 14 JUNE 2015 — 80 BLUE BELLE MILES at 13 MPH
HUDSON RIVER EXPLORATIONS – NEVER ENDING – 31 MAY TO 6 JUNE 2015

ANCIENT ALIENS? AMERICAN ANCESTORS? HOAX? — A DAY WITH GARY – 24 MAY 2015
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – 22-25 May 2015
16 MAY 2015 – BOUGHT 17 CARS, HAD GREAT LUNCH, and 103 MILES OF TOURING

FAIRHAVEN – NEW BEDFORD – ROUND HILL, MASSACHUSETTS on the way home 28-29 April 2015
ISLAND HOPPING DOWN SOUTH — MARTHA’S VINEYARD – 26 – 27 April 2015
THE ART OF GETTING LOST
WEATHER FINALLY HAS BROKEN, WHICH MEANS — ROAD TRIP – 12 APRIL 2015

EXPLORING THE GOLDEN SQUARE MILE – 31 March and 1 April 2015
GEARING UP FOR 2015 TRAVELS – 15-17 MARCH 2015

THE HENRY FORD – 22 FEBRUARY 2015
DETROIT IN FEBRUARY? Actually not too bad 21-25 February 2015
COMING SOON – DEARBORN and NYC REDUX – STAY TUNED
A 21 HOUR RESPITE – 16-17 February 2015
NO TIME TO POST WHEN IN THE CRESCENT CITY – 6-10 February 2015

SOME THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE TO REPEAT — AND OTHERS YOU DO – 25 JANUARY 2015
PERFECT START FOR 2015 “SHUNPIKING” – 16-19 JANUARY 2015

2014

HOME FOR 41 HOURS? – WHAT DO YOU DO? – ANSWER — 14 HOUR ROAD TRIP – 8 November 2014
WHAT DO I DO, WHEN NOT SURE WHAT TO DO? — THE RED LION INN — 4-6 November 2014
CANDLELIGHT and MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS OF A “HOPELESS ROMANTIC” 2 November 2014

I LIVE IN THE PRESENT OR NEAR FUTURE – BUT WAS IN THE PAST 17-19 October 2014
CONCLUSION OF MY ROYCROFT – WESTERN NEW YORK EXPERIENCE – 10-11 October 2014
ONE OF THE BEST CONTINUES – 8 and 9 OCTOBER in EAST AURORA, LOCKPORT and BUFFALO, NEW YORK
ROYCROFT CAMPUS – EAST AURORA, NY – 6 and 7 October, 2014
ON THE WAY TO EAST AURORA, NY – 129 MILES WEST OF AURURA, NY – 4-5 October 2014

FILLING IN THE MAP – SOUTH EASTERN VERMONT – 27 SEPTEMBER 2014
A DATE with BLUE BELLE for 7 1/2 HOURS at 19 MPH – 7 September 2014
EXPLORING AND RE-EXPLORING THE NH LAKES REGION – 1-3 SEPTEMBER 2014

TWO HOUR TRAIN RIDE TO NOWHERE and MUCH MORE 26-27 AUGUST 2014
A SERENDIPITOUS, WONDERFUL 148 BLACK BEAUTY MILES ON 9 AUGUST 2014

THE MAINE WAY HOME – WITH DIVERSIONS 25 and 26 July 2014
CAMPOBELLO ISLAND – 23-24 July 2014
CAMPOBELLO ISLAND – 21-22 July 2014
ON THE ROAD TO LUBEC, MAINE and CAMPOBELLO ISLAND – 19-20 July 2014

CORNELIA’S DEBUT — A POPPING SUCCESS – 27 June 2014
WALPOLE OLD HOME DAYS 2014 – Full Schedule 25-29 June 2014
WALPOLE OLD HOME DAYS – 2014
UPDATE – THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS – Posted Flag Day – 14 June 2014

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – 25 May 2014
I TRAVEL IN THE RIGHT COMPANY – FENWAY PARK ON THE FIELD WITH THE RED SOX – 22 MAY 2014
POPCORNMAN RAY — “ON THE LIST FOR OVER 50 YEARS” – 12 MAY 2014

EENY, MEENY, MINY, MOE — 24 April 2014
FIVE HOUR BREAK and 86 BLUE BELLE MILES – 12 APRIL 2014
A THIRTY MILE TOUR — LADY RAB’S INAUGURAL RUN – 6 APRIL 2014
A SUGARING WE WILL GO — 2 April 2014

AWAKE FROM HER SLUMBER – AND HOME – 25 March 2014

TAKE ONE GUESS – (Hint – STOCKBRIDGE) – 5-6 February 2014

2013

End of the Year and John Singer Sargent – 27 December 2013
PLYMOUTH NOTCH, VERMONT 15 DECEMBER 2013
ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF [name to be determined] — 4 December 2013
CHARLES DICKENS ARRIVES NEXT WEEK

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY – 28 November 2013
A FULL and FUN DAY — 23 November 2013
WHAT DO YOU DO BETWEEN WALKING TO SCHOOL AND CELLO LESSONS? — 12 November 2013
SHUNPIKING IN VERMONT – PLANNING AHEAD – 6 November 2013
UPDATE — 2 NOVEMBER 2013

FINAL FULL DAY – THIS TRIP – 17 October 2013 in IRELAND
HEADING TO WESTPORT, AND DAY-TRIPPING FROM THERE – 15 and 16 October 2013
A DAY EXPLORING THE BURREN — 14 October 2013
BACK IN IRELAND — 12 and 13 October 2013
PLYMOUTH NOTCH, VT and LEAVES – 2 October 2013

FIVE HOUR TRIP COMPLETED IN TWELVE HOURS – 28 September 2013
I LOVE LUCY – JAMESTOWN, NY – 25 September 2013
A TOWERING EXPERIENCE — ATHENEUM HOTEL – September 2013
CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION – Experienced 22-27 September 2013
“THE REAL BEDFORD FALLS” – TREKKING ACROSS NEW YORK STATE – 21-22 September 2013
YOU CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN (or whatever) BECAUSE IT IS THERE – 19 Sept 2013
SHUNPIKING IN VERMONT – 4, 5 and 6 SEPTEMBER 2013
BACK TO PLYMOUTH NOTCH, VERMONT – 7 September 2013

HUBBARDTON BATTLEFIELD, VERMONT and other EXPLORATIONS – Saturday 24 AUGUST 2013
Edith Wharton’s THE MOUNT and THE RED LION INN – 13-15 August 2013
TOO MUCH FUN – 11 AUGUST 2013
SANTA’S LAND, PUTNEY, VERMONT – 29 JULY 2013 and Updates
22 MPH in BLUE BELLE – 127 Miles in 5 ¾ Hours – But of course we had stops on 21 July 2013
RAY’S FIRST HARVEST – 16 July 2013
NINE HOUR EXPLORATION – 14 July 2013
BORN ON THE 4th of JULY 1872
THE WHITE MAN’S OVERBITE: THE BIRTH OF AIRBAND

FIVE HOUR TOUR, FIFTEEN MINUTES FROM HOME – ALSTEAD, NH – 22 June 2013
BONUS POST – 16 June 2013 – DINING TRAIN – IRON FURNACE – Etc.
RAILWAY TO THE MOON – 15 JUNE 2013
A REPOSITIONING DAY – 14 June 2013 – BACK ROADS THROUGH EASTERN TOWNSHIPS
HALIFAX ON FOOT – 11 June 2013 followed by ROAD TRIP – 12 June 2013
ABOARD VIA RAIL CANADA’S “THE OCEAN” 9-10 June 2013 –THE JOURNEY IS THE ADVENTURE

SAUGUS IRON WORKS – 24 MAY 2013
RED LION INN REDUX – 14 to 16 MAY 2013
KIDNAPPED BY BLUE BELLE for 286 Kilometers (178 miles) – 5 May 2013

DAY OFF – 5 APRIL 2013

THE RED LION INN – STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. – 4-6 March 2013

2012

STAY-CATION and NEW YEAR’S WISHES – 31 December 2012
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM WALPOLE – December 24th 2012
30 DAYS, AND NO TRAVELLING – AN UPDATE on 3 December 2012

AND, THE LAST TWO ENGLAND EXPERIENCES – 30 and 31 October 2012
ENGLAND EXPLORATIONS CONTINUE – 28, 29 and 30 OCTOBER – Never Enough Time
LONDON – A QUICK TOUR OF OUR DOINGS – 25, 26 and 27 October
LONDON — A CITY I LIKE – October 2012
NOSTALGIA TRIP BACK FROM QM2 via WILTON and NEW PRESTON, CT

QUEEN MARY 2 Continued up the Coast to Quebec City – 27 and 28 September 2012
SAINT JOHN, NB and HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – 25 and 26 September 2012
BAR HARBOR, MAINE – 24 September 2012
NYC TO NYC VIA QC ON QM2 SEP ‘12
A THREE HOUR TOUR – But, No Skipper, Professor, or MaryAnn
MAINE POSTSCRIPT – Shunpiking at its Best – 11 September 2012
BACK ON THE MAIN(E) LAND – 9 and 10 September 2012
6 and 7 SEPTEMBER – STAR ISLAND and DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY MOVES ON
ISLES OF SHOALS – Continued 4 and 5 September 2012
ARRIVING BACK IN THE 19th CENTURY – STAR ISLAND

An “I’VE BEEN THERE DAY,” and Four More BORDER CROSSINGS – 7 August 2012
FORT CHAMBLY, CHAMBLY CANAL, and FORT LENNOX – 6 August 2012
Sunday 5 August 2012 – ALBURGH, VT – POSITIONED TO EXPLORE THE RICHELIEU RIVER AND CHAMBLY CANAL
A BLOOMING UPDATE – Part 2 – FLOURISHING FLORA – 2 August

A BLOOMING UPDATE – 25 July 2012
HIDDEN GARDENS AND RETRACING TRACKS – 14 and 15 July
Happy 4th from Salem, Massachusetts — and beyond

WELCOME BLUE BELLE – GENESIS OF A RELATIONSHIP
DECOMPRESSION – 15 and 16 June 2012 – BLACK BEAUTY DAYS
LAST POST FROM IRELAND – 10 June 2012
A TITANIC DAY – Sunday 10 June 2012 — 100 Years plus almost Two Months
CARRICK-A-REDE ROPE BRIDGE – 8 June 2012
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – 7 June 2012
FIRST FULL DAY IN NORTHERN IRELAND – 6 June 2012
LAST POST FROM QUEEN MARY 2 – 4 June 2012
PEACEFULLY AT SEA – Sunday 3 June 2012
HALF WAY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC – Saturday 2 June 2012
CROSSING CONTINUES ON QM2 – 31 May and 1 June

ON THE QUEEN MARY 2 – 29 and 30 May 2012
May 26, 2012 – HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

HAPPY EASTER FROM CORTONA – 7 April 2012
Computer hacked April 2

FROM CORTONA, ITALY – 30 MARCH 2012

LONG OVERDUE POST – 28 FEBRUARY 2012

YELLOWSTONE WRAP-UP – Home 23 January 2012
WINTER IN YELLOWSTONE CONTINUES – 18 and 19 January 2012
SNOWSHOEING and SNOW COACHING in YELLOWSTONE – 16 & 17 JANUARY 2012
Winter Ventures in Yellowstone Country – January 2012
SNOW — 12 JANUARY 2012
On board QUEEN MARY 2 –– 8 January 2012

2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM WALPOLE — December 24th 2011
AN INTERESTING AND FULL DAY OUT – 21 DECEMBER 2011
A CHRISTMAS CAROL REDUX – Sadly, but Successfully Concluded
Your Invitation to A CHRISTMAS CAROL

30 November – A few notes, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL
7 November and written and posted from the Lisbon Portugal Airport 8 November 2011
5-6 November 2011 – Saturday and Sunday
Fatima, Portugal Continued – 3-4 November 2011
Fatima, Portugal — 1-2 November 2011

Random Thoughts and THE RED LION INN – 19 and 20 October 2011
7 and 8 October Travelling Home – Posted 12 October 2011
FINISHING UP THE RIDEAU CANAL – 5 and 6 October 2011
Rideau Canal – Ontario, Canada – 3 and 4 October 2011
1 and 2 October 2011 — Back in Canada via Rome, NY

DAY OUT – Ray is one of the great “AMERICAN PICKERS”
MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS – 26 September 2011
BOSTON AREA – 14-17 SEPTEMBER 2011 – “The Regulars are Coming”
11 SEPTEMBER 2011 – A DAY OFF – TR3ing
POCONO MOUNTAINS – SUNDAY 4 September 2011

LAST FULL DAY IN VANCOUVER – 21 AUGUST 2011
LAST FULL DAY ON THE CANADIAN TRAIN – 19 AUGUST 2011 – and FIRST DAY IN VANCOUVER
18 August 2011 — On the Canadian Plains on VIA RAIL’S Number 1 – The Canadian
THOUGHTS and OBSERVATIONS ABOARD THE CANADIAN – 16 – 17 August 2011
The Journey Begins – 16 August 2011 – hopefully an all day updated post
Monday 15 August 2011 — On my way
FINAL CANADA PREPARATIONS – August 12, 2011
VERMONT RAMBLINGS and MEMORIES – 4 August 2011
HAVING TOO MUCH FUN BLOGGING – August 2, 2011

GENESIS OF A TRAIN TREK – VIA RAIL’S “THE CANADIAN” – TORONTO TO VANCOUVER
ROWELL’S INN REDUX – 23 July 2011
STUCK IN ZURICH – Not a Song Title – Extra Post 20 July 2011
FINAL DAYS IN ITALY – 17, 18 and 19 July 2011
ASSISI and PERUGIA ITALY – 16 July 2011
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN – BRAMASOLE – July 15, 2011
Aboard Moby Ferry – Friday, July 15th
SARDINIA – 9-14 July 2011
7-8 July – VATICAN CITY, OSTIA ANTICA, and ROME – (posted July 9th in Italy)
July 6th – ROME – (posted on July 8th)
Cortona Continued 4-5 July 2011
Arrived in Cortona – 3 July 2011

PREPARATIONS FOR ITALY – JUNE 28, 2011
Rowell’s Inn – Friday Night Dinner – June 10, 2011
ENDURANCE AND NOSTALGIA – June 8, 2011 – Sugar Hill, NH

Saratoga Springs – May 31, 2011
Last night – Thomastown, Ireland – 13 May 2011
Kinsale, Ireland – 12 May 2011
Dingle to Kinsale – 11 May 2011
Dingle Peninsula – 10 May 2011
On Dingle Harbor – Dingle, Ireland – 9 May 2011
From Cashel, Ireland – 8 May 2011
Ireland Itinerary
Sunday – May 1st 2011

Countdown to Ireland
Saturday – April 23, 2011 – Auburn, Mass. with David and Family
Proctorsville, VT – Crows Bakery and Cafe – April 10, 2011
Initial Shunpiking Posting Test

2010

ICELAND and LONDON — November 2010