You may have seen an earlier version of the official Autumn Driveabout Narrative Maptm last week. Here's the final version, with a little interpretation.
So, the airplane represents Logan Airport, our "insertion point," where the nice people from JetBlue dropped us off after a cross-continental red-eye and the fine folks from Dollar let us borrow one of their cars. We headed west on the Massachusetts Turnpike and then south into Connecticut ("Still Revolutionary!") before making the first stop at a "Dunkin Donuts," a fried-breads restaurant found in lovably comic abundance in the New England states.
Our initial destination was New Haven, Connecticut, which is the home of Yale University and its two major art galleries: The Yale University Art Gallery and the Center for British Art. "University Art Gallery" didn't sound all that exciting when Mrs.5000 was pitching this aspect of the trip, but it turns out to be a more-than-robust museum of the kind we provincial types can only see after lengthy travel. It was superb. And free. The British Art was also very nice.
Alert map readers will have noticed the bride-and-groom icon, which goes a long way towards explaining what we were doing in New Haven during a vacation we had planned as a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. Well! Long-time readers will perhaps recall "G," or "Grey," a longtime member of this online community and winner of the first-ever Dorkfest, way back in aught-eight. She surprised Mrs. and myself with a wedding invitation a few months back, and since we already had the vacation time boxed out, we were all like "OMG! SURE!" and this is how we found ourselves in Connecticut trying to come up with compact answers to the question "how do you know the bride?" It was an awesome wedding involving a vintage carousel and lots of Australians, and Mr. G. is a brainy prince of a fellow with movie-star good looks. I hope they will produce a bevy of dorky children.
|I've never particularly been a Bruce Springsteen fan, but|
this record really jumped out during the Montpelier vinyl-fest.
Speaking of producing dorky children, the next step on our adventure was to head north to the cutest town in the United States, Vermont's capital Montepelier, to inspect the new offspring of regular IAT voters Nichim and lamanyana. He passed with flying colors, and we spent a mellow evening listening to old vinyl LPs from Nichim's father's record collection.
After this, our plan was to continue on to Montreal, but it turns out my passport expired in July. Mrs.5000 was very understanding about this little oversight, and so we gamely altered our so that it involved only UnitedStatsian activities and destinations.
What About the COUNTIES!??
You might be surprised that I have chattered on at this length without any mention of counties or geohashing. Well, there were counties, and there was geohashing.
Here are the counties, one new one in Vermont and eleven in Maine:
Yes, I COMPLETED TWO STATES!! Very exciting. For Mrs.5000, the take was two Vermont counties, one New Hampshire, and three Maine; she completed Maine as well.
The geohashing expeditions were our first east of Colorado. We went 2 of 4. They are #139 - #142, indexed here.
Speaking of Maine: the Colby College Museum of Art has a startlingly strong collection of American painting. It was pretty wow.
|I spent a good long time hanging out with this painting|
at the Boston MFA. It's pretty OK.
Lastly, we spent an afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It is amazing and overwhelming, a real world-class show. Three hours and change didn't begin to do it justice, but it was a better viewing experience then the first time I was there, in the late nineties, when I paid the admission just in time to hear an announcement that the museum would be closing in a half hour.
- States Visited: 5.
- Excellent Social Calls: 4.
- Art Museums: 4.
- New Counties: 12 .
- States Completed: 2 .
- Geohashing Expeditions: 4 (2 Complete)
- New States run in: 1 (Connecticut).
- New State running distance records: 2 (Connecticut, Massachusetts).
- New States admired art in: 2 (Connecticut, Maine).
- New States slept overnight in: 1 (Connecticut).