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Massachusetts, from Cape Cod to the Berkshire Mountains
I visited these towns: Franklin, Boston, Holliston, Bolton, Lancaster (Est. 1653), Williamstown, North Adams, Whitcomb Summit, Claremont (Est. 1765), Charlesmont (Est. 1787), Greenfield (Est. 1753), Belchertown (Est. 1733), Hatfield, North Hatfield. Taunton, Fall River, Weymouth, Salem, Peabody, Lowell, Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Worcester, Fitchburg.
Capital = Boston, Population = 6,593,587
Signs that I saw while driving through Massachusetts:
330+ Favorite songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's.
Practice reading common English with the lyrics of songs and stories about the singers and bands at www.mikiemetric.com .
|On I.90 eastbound, the Massachusetts Turnpike, or the "Mass Pike". I.290 goes through Worcester, pronounced "Wooster."||I.90 westbound, through rolling hills, worn-down mountains, and on to Albany, NY.||I was impressed by the blocky formations I saw along I.495. They are quite different from the layered formations that exist in most of Pennsylvania.|
|Lawrence, MA. I stood in one spot to take these two pictures, first swiveling left and then right, to take in the size of this building. It is at least 2 blocks long, 1/2 block deep, and 6 stories tall. It used to be a fabric mill, I think, but now is rented out to many smaller businesses. I picked up skids of printed food cartons.||The sign says "Muddy River" but where is it? Is this from the song by the Standels? Boston, MA.|
|As you can see, this is Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red sox.||Another view of Fenway and a sign proclaiming the Sox to be 2005 World Series champions.||More buildings in downtown Boston.|
OK, back to Massachusetts. There is a unique truck stop off Exit 2 from I.84, a few miles into Massachusetts from Connecticut, called Sturbridge Isle. The main building is like a large resort chalet with several levels. There is a decent restaurant, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, a game room, clothing store, souvenir shops, a tremendous rack of Jelly Belly jelly beans, and several decent private shower rooms. Outside, there is a landscaped duck pond with walkways for strolling. I tried to plan my trips to that region so I could spend the night there. Note: Since I wrote the earlier part, the property was purchased by Pilot Travel Centers and the resort building with the restaurant and other features closed. Pilot renovated the fuel desk building, put in a deli and some showers, expanded the parking area and continues in business while the resort building sits vacant.
I.90, a toll road, was the main route to the Boston area. The roads were always busy and congested, especially off the interstates on the city streets. I remember passing many ethnic businesses and warehouses - Italian, Chinese or Asian, Hispanic.
|Limited view of Boston Traffic. Picture yourself driving a large truck through this congestion.||I picked up a load from a business housed in this building, but don't remember where or what.||This is as much of a tall Boston building as I could get into the frame.|
|Part of the Boston skyline, as seen from I.90, I think.||
|Massachusetts State Parks
Complete list by region: http://www.stateparks.com/ma.html
Official list: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/listing.htm
Camping areas: http://www.campmass.com/
Museums by type: http://www.masshome.com/museums.html
Mass. Museum of Art: http://massmoca.org/
|Massachusetts Amusement Parks
Parks described with links: http://themeparks.about.com/cs/usparks/a/MAparks.htm
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