Visit to Camden Hills State Park in Maine

We had the opportunity to visit the Camden Hills State Park in Maine during our trip to New England earlier this year, and the chance to hike a couple of mountains (or perhaps they should be called hills!) in the park.  I got to take pictures from some locations that took into consideration differently scaled perspectives of the scene in front of us. I did this by zooming into the scene in front of me to different extents to change the scale of the shot.

Here is a panoramic rendition of a view from Ocean Overlook on the Megunticook trail in the park.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (You can open the picture in the intended resolution for viewing by clicking on it.  The picture should open in a new tab.)  If one were to take a different picture of the same scene with a different scale factor, you can zoom in on the details of the bay on the left hand side of the original picture.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA further scaling would reveal the town of Camden at the right side of the bay.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinally, if you scale the picture even further, you can even see the individual boats on the left side of the bay.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA If you take another look at the panoramic picture (preferably in its full resolution), you can also see Mt. Battie (a smaller hill) at the center of the picture.  If you look at this part of the picture zoomed in, at a different scale, you can see the road up to the top of Mt. Battie more clearly.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you continue to scale the picture, you can make out the tower on Mt. Battie a little better. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is another example of the effect of scaling.  If you were to take a picture from Mt. Battie of the Ocean Overlook on the Megunticook trail, it can look like this from a distance.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you zoom in to a different scale, you can see the details of the people sitting at the overlook.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is clear that one needs to have a closer look at the picture in order to be able to make out the details and make any definitive statements about them.

If you have not done so, you should see this short video about scaling in the context of the universe that we live in.

From a philosophical perspective, one can see that you are likely to make mistakes if you do not have the right perspective on what you are seeing or experiencing. You should not accept any statements regarding such details from a person who has not done the necessary homework in this regard.

A Window Into Our Travels

For this week’s challenge, I scrambled around looking for any and all pictures taken during recent travels that could be relevant to the theme of windows, regardless of the context in which the theme could be invoked.  The result could appear to be somewhat scattershot. Perhaps the real unifying theme is that these pictures a part of larger stories that appear elsewhere in my blogs.

During our recent visit to New England, we stayed one evening at a lovely Bed and Breakfast establishment in Gorham, NH.  I wandered around early in the morning, taking the following pictures that showcase some of the windows in this old home.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe following pictures were taken during the same New England trip in Tip-Top House, which used to be a hotel right at the top of Mt. Washington in NH.  The entire facility still exists in its original form even though it is not in use today. The windows here seemed somewhat small.  Perhaps they are that way in order to minimize the loss of heat.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe following pictures were taken from the window of my plane on my way to the Canadian Rockies for a six day bike ride.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe following pictures were taken from the window of our van as we drove into Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies for the start of the bike ride.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese last pictures was taken during the rescue operation after the bike ride, during my train ride from Edmonton to Toronto on The Canadian.IMG_20170804_094454299IMG_20170805_154810189_HDR

Jasper to Banff Bike Ride, The Second Posting For The Last Day – The Pictures

Perhaps you will sense a different feeling to this post when compared to the earlier ones from the ride.  Of course, one of the reasons this post is different is because of what I did to myself at the end of the day.  The other reason is more sentimental.  I want to acknowledge my travel companions. The focus is not just on the scenery but on the people who accompanied me.  I am going to break my own unspoken rule and specifically mention names.  I am hoping that nobody minds.  We start in the morning as we get ready to depart Lake Louise.

Being his usual helpful self, Rick had packed our luggage into the back of Ben’s van for the last day’s ride. He was quite proud of his effort.   Rick also did his bit to keep us entertained as we rode every day.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is Ben giving us instructions for the last day.   Ben was very thorough in his support.  Go ahead and take a tour with him at Mountain Madness Tours.  You will not be disappointed!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had been riding thus far on the Icefields Parkway.  From now on we are on the Bow Valley Parkway.  The funny thing is that my bear sighting was pretty soon after we saw this sign. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe road ran beside the Bow River.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is a picture of the riders on the move.  You may notice that the road markings here are very different from those encountered on the Icefields Parkway.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA freight train awaits beside the road.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKoushik, the heart and soul of our riding team.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne way to smell the flowers, perhaps on another planet (get it!?).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANancy and Stacy, old college mates.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABen in his vehicle, after overtaking one of the riders.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI stopped with KP at a memorial point for the Castle Camp internment camp.  Even though this episode happened during WW1, it is not difficult to imagine something like this happening even  in our modern times.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe last paragraph in the wayside marker for the internment camp below reads “In total, eight thousand five hundred and seventy-nine men became prisoners of war in twenty-four camps located across Canada during the internment operations of 1914-1920.  Most were foreign nationals, a few were British subjects or Canadian citizens.  The majority were non-combatant, unemployed civilians – victims of the 1913 depression, racial prejudice and wartime hysteria. Many of the internees came from western regions of Ukraine, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStacy, Nancy and Sally.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Bow river.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABen’s van and trailer at the last stopping point.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAResting before the last push.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASally and Bob, our riding leaders.  They were the youngest and the oldest in the group. Bob, a former triathlete, took on the hills we encountered as if he was on a mission. Sally was not too far behind.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA squirrel observing the goings-on at this last stop.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was the last picture I found on the camera after the trip.  I did not take this picture.  The time stamp on the picture leads me to believe that it was taken after I fell off the bike.  I suspect that Bob, who had retrieved the camera and eventually delivered it to my home, took a picture to see if the camera was working. A great picture from that perspective.  The camera ended up in better shape than I did!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA That was the end of the ride, but not the end of my adventures.

If you want to continue to read about how I got home from Canada, start with this posting.

If it’s Saturday once again, it is time to head back home

This was the last day of our wanderings before we headed back down to Massachusetts.

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Well known, and somewhat historical, breakfast place. In Sugar Hill in the Franconia Notch area
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Bridge across the Pemigewasset River river on the trail to the Flume Gorge
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Trail up the Flume Gorge
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In the sometimes heavy rain!
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Sentinel Pine Bridge and Pool on the Flume Gorge trail
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Sentinel Pine Bridge
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Storm Clouds over the mountains
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Rocky Gorge area, Swift River, next to the Kancamagus Highway
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The Swift River

And thus our adventures on this vacation come to an end!

If it’s Friday, we must be visiting Vermont

We spent a significant part of the day in Montpelier, the capital of Vermont.

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Main Street in Montpelier
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North Branch of the Winooski river flows through Montpelier
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Court House in Montpelier
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A local book store
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The Vermont State House
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Mural of The First Vermont Brigade at the Battle of Cedar Creek by Julian Scott (in the State House)
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The Winooski river
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At the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, VT
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Out in the countryside in Vermont

We headed back in the evening to our motel in New Hampshire.

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Covered bridge over the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton, NH
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Restaurant for the Schilling brewery in Littleton, NH

And then it was time for us to rest up for the last day of our travels in New England.

Visiting small towns like Montpelier reminds you that places that are far removed from the nation’s major centers of commerce, politics, and business, can follow a different and perhaps more relaxed pace of life, away from the hustle and bustle of it all.  I get the sense that more people are likely to be happy and content with what life offers them in places like this.

And if it’s Saturday once again….

If it’s Thursday, we must be in Montreal

We drove from Littleton in New Hampshire to Montreal in the morning and returned the same evening.  It was a long day of driving, and the weather did not cooperate, but we made it.

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Atwater Market
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National flags on Sherbrooke Street
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The Meeting, by Chinese sculptor Wang Shugang, on the grounds of McGill University
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Open space in front of Mount Royal Chalet with a view of Montreal
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Downtown Montreal from the open space in front of the Mount Royal Chalet
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Olympic Stadium from Mount Royal
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The older parts of Montreal appear to have a lot of murals on the buildings
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Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church (Montreal is full of huge old catholic churches)
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Restaurant and store fronts
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Entrance to Village au Pied-du-Courant

We covered about 8 miles on foot and spent most of our time walking.  We realized too late that we really needed a few days to do the city justice.  The Montreal Jazz festival  was actually underway, but we were unable to catch a performance.

And if it’s Friday….

 

If it’s Wednesday, we must be climbing Mt. Washington in the White Mountains

We drove up Mt. Washington, and visited a few waterfalls today.

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Our Bed and Breakfast place in Gorham, NH, in the morning
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Start of the climb up Mt. Washington (yes, there is a tollbooth!)
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Weather at the top of Mt. Washington as indicated on the tollbooth
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A cog railway train on Mt. Washington
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Summit of Mt. Washington
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Storms brew as we descend Mt. Washington
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Waterfall near the AMC Headquarters at Pinkham Notch
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Glen Ellis Falls
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Arethusa Falls

We stayed the next three nights in Littleton, NH, near Franconia Notch in the White Mountains.

And if its’ Thursday….