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Jul 20, 2017 - Hartford, CN.

Drove to Hartford to a Wells Fargo Bank to get our doc's signed and wire money for closing on our new house in Sun Lakes. There are no Wells Fargo Banks east of Connecticut. We went to Ollies Bargain Barn for a restock of our Keurig coffee cups. Good coffee at 0.22 cents cup. Had lunch and headed back to the house.

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Sep 1, 2014 - Harriet Beecher Stowe Home

We headed back to Connecticut again today. This time to Hartford to visit the homes and museum of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain. Actually both homes are in the same neighborhood called Nook Farm. In the early 1850's two brothers bought 140 acres on a bend or "nook" of the Park River. They then started selling parcels of the land out to friends and family members. Over the years the Nook Farm neighborhood became a tightly knit neighborhood of intellectuals, reformers and political leaders who wielded a lot of influence in America both...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Elizabeth Park Rose Garden/NoahWebster's House

Today the ladies once again departed with Betty Johnson behind the wheel and went to visit Elizabeth Park's Rose Garden and Websters Library. A bit of history about Elizabeth's Rose Garden: The area which is now known as Elizabeth Park was once owned by Charles M. Pond. Mr. Pond was a wealthy industrialist and statesman whose career included being a Director of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Hartford Hospital, and the Phoenix Fire Insurance Company. Mr. Pond was also President of the Hartford Trust Company and he was Treasurer...

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Jul 18, 2014 - State Capital of Connecticut

Today Betty Johnson, Debbie Brown & I along with two friends of Betty's took the free local bus and went to visit the Capital Building of Hartford, CT. The bus dropped us off just a few blocks from the building. Once inside there were free guided tours. Our tour guide gave a great talk about the constructions of the building and showed us House and Senate Chambers (they were NOT in session). The current building is the third capitol building for the State of Connecticut since the American Revolution. After the tour some of us went back to...

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Jul 16, 2014 - ARRL National Centennial Convention

This is the 100th year celebration of the American Radio Relay League "the national association for amateur radio". There was a lot of celebrating going on by Amateur Radio operators who arrived from all over the world. They had several seminars going on simultaneously with over 100 in total. They had meals, social hours and some scheduled touring if you were interested. They had scheduled tours of the ARRL Headquarters with tours of the W1AW memorial radio station. If you wanted you were allowed to operate the station. What a...

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Jul 17, 2012 - ARRL Summer Board Meeting

Leaving on a jet plane we are heading for Hartford, CT for Tom to attend the ARRL the National Association for Amateur Radio. This is their Summer Board Meeting. Tom is the Vice Director for the Atlantic Division which covers, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Western and Northern New York. While there Debbie did some touring with Kathi Edgar (Bill Edgar's wife). Bill is the Director for the Atlantic Division. We attempted to go on a boat ride on the Connecticut River but the driving directions were so bad we missed the boat by about 15...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Gillette Castle State Park

One of the reason Tom and I are fulltiming is there are so many things we have wanted to see and just wouldn't have the time any other way to see them. We have known about the attraction or whatever for years and visit a certain area so we can see that attraction. For example we came to Connecticut so we could visit Mystic Seaport....been on our bucket list for 20 plus years. But often time it is the "found" attraction, the one you knew nothing about when you arrived, that you enjoy the most. Such is the case of Gillette Castle. ...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Mark Twain's Home

Hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July. The RV Park had fireworks on Saturday night which we enjoyed. The rest of the weekend we just took it easy and let the vacationers and weekenders enjoy themselves. I think the only thing we actually did was go to the "Frosty Treat" for an ice cream cone. Yum it was so good. Last Tuesday we headed out to Hartford, the capital of Connecticut to visit the Mark Twain House. Twain and his family lived in Hartford from 1874 to 1891. The house is Victorian Gothic. While living here Twain wrote "The...

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SILVER TRAILS

Jan 6, 2011 - Getting Ready to Go Exploring!

After cruising South America for 65 days in 2010 we promised ourselves to cut down on the number of suitcases that we would pack - no more than 2 each plus our carryons. Most of the cruise should see warm weather (expectation is 80s) in Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia. However, San Francisco and Beijing should be much cooler with temps in the 50's and 60's. Which means we need a lot of stuff! A separate duffle bag will house the shoes, drugs, and toiletries we will need for the 75 days we will be away from home. And the...

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Jul 13, 2010 - Hartford, Capital of Connecticut

A nice, long hike did not turn out to be in the plan for today after all. We decided sometime last evening to drive over to Hartford to tour the capitol building. It’s been on our “to do” list since we got here. I’m not sure why we decided to ditch the hike and go touring instead. Maybe we just needed to do something different today. Maybe we just wanted to take advantage of the easy maneuverability of a small car while we had the opportunity. Our primary goal was the capitol, but within a mile were the homes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Jun 21, 2010 - Mark Twain House and Museum...Hartford, CT

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “The Adventures of Huck Finn”, and many more, among them the well-known short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Who’s the author of these masterpieces of American Literature? If you said Mark Twain, you are right and if you said Samuel Clemens, you are also right. Today, we went to see the “Mark Twain House and Museum”. It is one of the original homes of this beloved author, celebrated humorist, lecturer, social critic and entrepreneur of his time. He adopted the pen name, Mark Twain...

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Oct 10, 2009 - Hartford, CT - The Mark Twain House & Museum

(Ron Writing) This afternoon we toured The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. Samuel Clemens (his real name) built a beautiful home in Hartford soon after marrying Olivia Langdon. It is a large beautiful home right next door to the mansion owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was at this home where he wrote most of his most famous books and where he and Olivia had four children. We had two guided tours; the first one took us through most of the living quarters of the home and the second took us through the portion of the house where...

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