Category Archives: 20 posts for 20 days – USA 2014

3 week trip to Boston MA and then to Cincinnati OHIO – 30th July 2014 to 26th July 2014

Day 20 – Tuesday, 19th August 2014 – Independence Street, Canton, MA

Canton, MA Tuesday, 19th August 2014   So, our holiday here is almost at an end. This is the last full day we will spend in the US. Day 20 of ‘20 posts for 20 days’. No plans as yet for today, just letting it roll out before us.   Over the last 6 years we have made 3 trips over the water:

2010 – Road Trip – New York / Boston / Toronto / Niagara Falls

2012 – Florida – Orlando / Miami / St Petersburg

2014 – Boston, Massachusetts to Cincinnati, Ohio

Although we have been to the US many times before, as Shelly’s family all live here, these three trips have been particularly special.

If we could spend time here every year we certainly would.

  Blue Jays and Grey Squirrels are fighting over territory in the garden – so noisy! Four dead squirrels have been found over the last few months – have the Blue Jays done this?

Houghton's Pond, Blue Hills Reservation, MA
Houghton’s Pond, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Houghton’s Pond is a spring-fed kettle hole pond formed by receding glaciers around 10,000 years ago. The Massachusek Indians fished the pond and hunted in the surrounding forests. Absolutely boiling there today. Had a swim and an amazing turkey, bacon & lettuce hot sandwich ! 2014-08-19 15.13.03 v1 Houghton's Pond 2 Houghton's Pond 1 2014-08-19 14.21.40 2014-08-19 15.13.08   2014-08-19 15.17.35   2014-08-19 15.23.30   2014-08-19 13.19.14

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Houghton's Pond Visitor Centre with curvy shingle roof.
Houghton’s Pond Visitor Centre with curvy shingle roof.
Wild Turkeys on the way home
Wild Turkeys on the way home

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A quick trip to Target to buy some gifts to take home…& then back to the house for drinks before heading off to Ninety Nine Restaurant for dinner. The final dinner in the US on this trip !

Ninety Nine restaurant

Day 19 – Monday 18th August, 2014 – Independence St, Canton, MA

Canton, MA Monday 18th August 2014 The penultimate day of our trip, then only one more full day to go before we have to pack ! Making the most of the good weather and sitting out on the deck in the cooler morning sunshine.

Had a brilliant visit this morning to an Airstream dealership in nearby Stoughton

Airstream of New England, Stoughton, MA

Such an iconic piece of Americana

Who wouldn’t want to own one of these? 

The rep. was really helpful and showed us the interiors of several models. As visitors from England he probably knew we were not there to buy, but was incredibly hospitable nonetheless. All very much appreciated.

An unmistakable and iconic  name
An unmistakable and iconic name

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‘Airstream’, ‘Bambi’

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‘Airstream’, ‘Flying Cloud’

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Interior window detailing
Interior window detailing
'Airstreams' all in a row...
‘Airstreams’ all in a row…
Vintage Airstream awaiting refurbishment
Vintage Airstream awaiting refurbishment
Vintage 'Airstream' awaiting refurbishment
Vintage ‘Airstream’ awaiting refurbishment

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Uncle Milty’s Army & Navy Store in Stoughton,MA 


Panelled Station Wagon in  Stoughton
Panelled Station Wagon in Stoughton


'First Family, Abigail and John Adams' by Joseph J Ellis
‘First Family, Abigail and John Adams’ by Joseph J Ellis

This has been my holiday reading…amongst other stuff ! John Adams lived in Braintree, which is around 8 miles from Canton, MA – so has been appropriately local reading for this trip…

Day 18 – Sunday 17th August 2014 – Victor to Canton,MA

Victor, NY to Canton, MA Sunday 17th August, 2014

Left our hotel at 11.00am to continue the drive home to Canton. The hotel was really packed as there was an air show in Rochester – ‘The Rochester International Air Show’, which probably accounted for the crowds. After several short stops for toilets and gas, we arrived back in Canton at 18.00pm.





Utica, in the Mohawk Valley



Hudson River





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Canandaigua, is a city near Rochester, NY, founded on the site of a Seneca Iroquois Village

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Schenectady, NY at 14.25pm –

Originally, the region that is now Schenectady was the home of the Mohawk Tribe. The Schenectady Massacre took place here in 1690

On the road...
On the road…

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I am certain I saw an Otter by the roadside ! 11.35am

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Saw a ‘Bambi’ Silver Stream RV –

…not the image above…11.20am

Hudson River road bridge
Hudson River road bridge


Crossed the Hudson River at 14.55pm.

A great road bridge…on Interstate 90…

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Masachusetts State line...very blurred!!
Masachusetts State line…very blurred!!
Classic American roadside advertising
Classic American roadside advertising

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Blurred yellow truck...
Blurred yellow truck…

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Crossed the Appalachian Trail at 15.30pm

Crossed the Connecticut River at 16.05pm

Crossed the Quaboag River in Massachusetts at 16.28pm

Saw a family of Wild Turkeys at the roadside…17.50pm


Boston, MA
Boston, MA


Day 17 – Saturday 16th August 2014 – West Chester, Ohio, to Victor, New York State

West Chester, Ohio Saturday 16th August, 2014

Boston Globe, Sunday 17th August 2014
Boston Globe, Sunday 17th August 2014

Started our journey today back to Massachusetts, after a great visit to Shelly’s parents in West Chester, but to round off the trip we made a journey to Yellow Springs,   in Greene County, Ohio, to meet up with extended family for breakfast at Young’s Dairy.


Xenia, Tornad0 Super Outbreak 1974

Yellow Springs






Buffalo – The All American City



Leaving Haden Lane, West Chester. Ohio
Leaving Haden Lane, West Chester. Ohio
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Haden Lane, West Chester, Ohio, 07.52
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‘Young’s Dairy’, Yellow Springs, Ohio
The big table at Young;s Dairy
The big table at Young’s Dairy
Goats at Young's Dairy
Goats at Young’s Dairy
All the goats were heavily pregnant...births seemed imminent !
All the goats were heavily pregnant…births seemed imminent !
Signage at the adjacent garage...
Signage at the adjacent garage…

Today & yesterday, we saw some very unusual cloud formations…which of course I didn’t photograph. Jellyfish Clouds’, aka ‘Altocumulus Castelanus’ …they were mentioned on the evening news !

Bypassing Columbus, Ohio, travelling north...
Bypassing Columbus, Ohio, travelling north…
On the road...American Red Cross
On the road…American Red Cross
...a truck...
…a truck…
Roadside advertising posts...
Roadside advertising posts…
A Turkey Vulture...
A Turkey Vulture…you have to look hard !
Ohio / Pennsylvania State Line
Ohio / Pennsylvania State Line
Shelly's shoes & socks...
Shelly’s shoes & socks…

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Water towers from the highway...
Water towers from the highway…like a scene from the 1953 film ‘War of the Worlds’…the adaptation of HG Wells book of the same name…

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Day 16 – Friday 15th August 2014 – West Chester, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

Friday 15th August 2014

Another quiet day to rest today. Tomorrow we embark on a two day journey back to Canton.MA.

Bob Evans for breakfast –

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Actually this was Steve’s breakfast, not mine – see below…

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Visited a couple of thrift stores  – another Vincent dePaul Charity store, but no purchases, although I did see some interesting glassware.

Cactus Stemmed Glasses
Cactus Stemmed Glasses

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Chicken Glassware
Chicken Glassware

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Weather – brilliant and hot all day. Very clear skies . Wonderful end to the Ohio leg of our journey.



Day 15 – Thursday 14th August 2014 – King’s Island, Ohio


West Chester, Ohio Thursday 14th August 2014


King’s Island today – big funfair / amusement park with many roller coasters including The Beast, the longest, largest and oldest timber roller coaster in the US.

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

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Some of the family know the place really well having grown up here in Ohio, so we were able to  get around the park really easily. Also, being mid-week, it wasn’t too busy so everyone went on loads of rides. To put it into perspective, Michael Ascolese (16), who came with us, has been to the park on many occasions and once, only managed to get on two rides, due to the long queues. Our family tally for the day was:

Nell – 20 rides

Rose – 19 rides

Steve – 17 rides

Michael – 16 rides

Chris – 5 rides

Shelly – 3 rides

Lesley – 1 ride

…although to be fair on Lesley, she had all the bags, mobiles, sunglasses, food & drink to look after ! 

'The Drop'
‘The Drop’

The rides we took were:

Drop Tower





The Windseeker

The Beast


BackLot Stunt Coaster

Eiffel Tower (more a lift than a ride !)

The Racer

Whitewater Canyon

The Bat

Dodgem Cars

'Banshee' & 'Delirium'.
‘Banshee’ & ‘Delirium’.

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I went on Diamondback & felt ill for an hour after !

'Windseeker' on the ground
‘Windseeker’ on the ground

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'The Racer' in the distance, an old fashioned timber coaster.
‘The Racer’ in the distance, an old fashioned timber coaster.

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T Rex !
T Rex !

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What a brilliant day all round !

We stopped at Bob Evans for dinner on the way home.

We obviously like it there…this must be the 4th or 5th time this trip ! 

On the drive back through the fields at dusk, Shelly saw a very large White Tailed StagI wish I had seen it !


Day 14 – Wednesday 13th August 2014 – rest day !

West Chester, Ohio Wednesday 13th August 2014   Finally I have caught up with myself & am posting on the right day in real time ! Sat in the garden of my parents in law in West Chester, Ohio. The rest of the family have gone over to Yellow Springs where my sister in law’s husband Steve originates from.  As much a I would have liked to go to Yellow Springs with them, I really need some down time.   Spotted this great trailer in a nearby front yard !   2014-08-12 15.38.52

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Air Stream RV ?





Hummingbird Moth

Yapping dogs

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Valley Thrift Store, Evendale, Ohio. A great morning had visiting thrift stores in the local area.

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…and then on to the nearby Vincent dePaul charity store…

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St Vincent dePaul Charity Store, Evendale, Ohio
St Vincent dePaul Charity Store, Evendale, Ohio

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Plastic bags full of toys...
Plastic bags full of toys…

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There is a house I really like, quite near to my parents in law in West Chester, Ohio. It is called the James D .Conrey House. 

It may have been modelled on the Jefferson plantation house at Montichello.

The image  of the house below, came from the U.S. National Register of Historic Places

James D. Conrey House West Chester, Ohio
James D. Conrey House
West Chester, Ohio



Day 13 – Tuesday, 12th August 2014, retro post 4. Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox

West Chester, Ohio Wednesday 14th August 2014 Yesterday was the event we had all been waiting for – the baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds & the Boston Red Sox at the Great American Ball Park on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. This was my first baseball game & it was fantastic.

The Diana Building
The Great American Tower, aka The Diana Building in Cincinnati
En route to the Great American Ballpark
En route to the Great American Ballpark

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Candyfloss sellers
Candyfloss sellers

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‘Mr Red’ or ‘Mr Redlegs”, not sure which! Cincinnati Reds Mascot

Day 12 – Monday, 11th August 2014 – retro post 3 – downtown Boston & Bob’s 80th Birthday !

West Chester, Ohio

Tuesday, 12th August 2014


Very sad news today…

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Monday was  my father in law’s 80th Birthday Celebration. We had a party for him at the Ascolese’s house. Before that, Shelly & I had an appointment at the Art Academy in downtown Cincinnati. We met with Kim Krause, Dean of Faculty. He was incredibly accommodating and showed us all around the building. A truly interesting and creative place to begin an art education. Made me wish I was 30 years younger and brave enough to start again !

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Art Academy of Cincinatti
The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, by Zaha Hadid
The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, by Zaha Hadid

Made a quick call into the Contemporary Arts Centre, by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Carew Tower, Cincinnati, on Fountain Square

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The Cincinnati Enquirer Building on Vine St
The Cincinnati Enquirer Building on Vine St

This beautifully ornate building on Vine St was built for The Cincinnati Enquirer in 1928. It is currently undergoing a massive refurbishment and conversion into two hotels.

Car with grass on Vine St
Car with grass on Vine St
Nobby's Custom Tailors
Nobby’s Custom Tailors

Nobby’s Custom Tailors at 14 West 7th Street

The Last Passenger Pigeon by John Ruthven
The Last Passenger Pigeon by John Ruthven

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Scottis Italian Restaurant at 919 Vine St
Scottis Italian Restaurant at 919 Vine St

Scotti’s Italian Restaurant at 919 Vine St, Cincinnati



Day 11 – Sunday, 10th August 2014 – retro post 2 – Pool Day, Greenhill’s, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

10th August 2014

New York Times, Sunday
New York Times, Sunday 10th August 2014

First full day in Ohio. Staying at Shelly’s parents house. Family friends, the Ascolese’s invite us over for the day to use the pool !

The Ascolese home swimming pool. Greenhills, Ohio
The Ascolese home swimming pool, Greenhill’s, Ohio
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Ascolese family home in Greenhills, Ohio
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Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati
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Dayton, Cincinnati