Road Trip #9, Part 3 – Fall Colors? What Fall Colors?

After leaving the Skyline Drive and the mountains of Virginia we took a route leading us to Cooperstown, NY, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.  I had been there years ago and Barb had never been, so our visit to the Hall of Fame was awesome.  Of course we saw the plaques of all of our favorite Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, notwithstanding those of our other favorite players from over the years.  Here are a couple of memories.

After two days in Cooperstown, we moved on to Copake, NY and a one week visit with our longtime friends, Ken and Carol.  We stayed at the KOA in Copake where the theme for the weekend was The Wizard of Oz topped off with a Saturday morning Hot Air Balloon fest.  The owner of the CG gave us a premier campsite right across the street from the balloon launch zone when she found out I was a photographer.

While in Copake we took a day’s ride to Poughkeepsie, NY.  I have a Revolutionary War ancestor, Casper Casparus Westervelt, who served as a private in the NY Militia in the 1700’s and is buried there.  We spent the day in the Dutchess county courthouses in Poughkeepsie unsuccessfully trying to locate the grave yard and came away with a copy of his will and the deed to his property.


Upstate New York has such picturesque farms.

We had a fantastic visit with Ken and Carol but we were about a month too early for the change in colors in Copake.  Maybe we shoulda gone to Maine.  We heard that their trees had color.  Anyway it was time to move on to the next leg of our journey, so on September 24th we headed for Rhode Island, a small state in which we had previously spent a small amount of time.


Week 32, Theme 3 – Before and After



When this fly landed on the swatter, he was not aware that he was in the presence of a world-renowned fly killer; my wife Barb.  As you can see, Mr. Fly met his “Waterloo” with one quick swat.  Here rests Mr. Fly “Before and After”.  

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Week 30, Theme 38 – Powerful

These three Union Pacific diesel-electric locomotives were captured in intermodal service in the Mojave Desert of California.  Each locomotive weighs 426,000 pounds and carries 5000 gallons of diesel fuel.  The electric generator is powered by a 16 cylinder diesel engine.  Each of the 6 axles is driven by individual traction motors creating a total of 4400 horsepower.  These three locomotives “lashed” together generate 13,200 horsepower.  Now that’s “Powerful”!

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Week 28, Theme 10 – Dawn’s Light

While in Little Rock, our campsite backed up on the Arkansas River.  This gave us a view across the river toward the community of Maumelle.  One morning I was sitting at the dinette table and happened to look out across the river and I saw this beautiful view of “Dawn’s Light”.

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Week 52, Theme 14 – Four Letter Word

In August of 2014, I said that this theme would be an easy one.  Just walk around on old Main Street and I’d be sure to find a neon sign of a “Four Letter Word”.  That didn’t happen.  But now I can say


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because after 52 hard weeks meeting each and every challenge and coming up with a response to each of the themes, I am finally able to complete this year’s 52 Week Challenge with a “Four Letter Word”:

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Week 51, Theme 46 – Still Life

This theme, “Still Life”  is another theme that I had problems with this year; probably because I misinterpreted the definition of “Still Life”.  Then my wife Googled “Still Life”  and I had the definition to reinforce my thoughts.  So…….Saturday, we took a ride to Sarasota to walk the Farmer’s Market and see if I could come up with a few pictures.  I did and here they are, my version of “Still Life”.

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And finally, the one that really makes me hungry:

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