Top of New England

The trees wore their formal fall gowns of gold, orange, and red along the New Hampshire highway into the White Mountain National Forest. However, the clouds lowered upon our arrival at the cog railway station. We couldn’t see past the first hill for our trip to the top of New England. This three-mile route to … More Top of New England

Lake Placid’s Fame

Our fall bus tour continued to Lake Placid. Since our step-on-guide was a native and quite a character, he gave us our most memorable tour thus far. He showed us the sights with a special focus on the area’s biggest claim to fame: the Winter Olympics of 1980. Notable events of the 1980 Olympics: • … More Lake Placid’s Fame

Freedom Isn’t Free

On our fall foliage tour of New England we visited the Lexington and Concord areas where the Revolutionary War began. A local guide took us first to the Lexington Battle Green. A force of 700 British Regulars left Boston to seize military supplies hidden in Concord. Alarm riders warned the surrounding countryside and small villages. … More Freedom Isn’t Free

Orphan Train

Would you send your seven-year-old out on the streets to live? Or expect him to earn a living for your family? In 1852 the New York City Police Chief estimated 30,000 abandoned children roamed the streets—mainly children of immigrants. The city didn’t have the resources or infrastructure to deal with the growing problem. Little work … More Orphan Train