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Trails Landscapes Las Vegas

A hot hike to Hoover Dam–and a look back at “the NEW Las Vegas”

  The large digital thermometer at the trailhead parking lot registered 91 degrees as Nan and I began our mid-day, mid-April, round-trip walk along the roughly 4-mile Historic Railroad Trail, which follows an abandoned railbed from the Lake Mead Visitors Center to Hoover Dam. We had expected somewhat more moderate temperatures at this time of…Continue readingA hot hike to Hoover Dam–and a look back at “the NEW Las Vegas”

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Little Compton

A new leash on (dog) life in Little Compton

At its March 7, 2024 meeting, the Little Compton Town Council voted to approve the wording of the sign included below, for posting on town-owned property, particularly the adjacent parking areas at Veterans Field and the soccer field. The sign’s terse message distills the substance of the Council’s significant amendment of the town’s animal control…Continue readingA new leash on (dog) life in Little Compton

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Benton MacKaye Little Compton RI Politics

Living on COVID time: A viral anniversary

Four years ago this month, in March 2020, the arrival of the COVID-19 era suddenly upended lives and daily routines throughout the United States—and, indeed, throughout the world. Many of us know, or know of, people who lost their lives to the virus or now live with serious consequences of being infected by it. We…Continue readingLiving on COVID time: A viral anniversary

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“Expedition Nine”: A 1969 Benton MacKaye birthday tribute

One hundred forty-five years ago this March 6th, Benton MacKaye was born in Stamford, Connecticut. On that date in 1969, he celebrated his 90th birthday at his long-time hometown of Shirley Center, Massachusetts—actually a village in the town of Shirley, some 35 miles northwest of Boston. A man whose vocation and long career earned him…Continue reading“Expedition Nine”: A 1969 Benton MacKaye birthday tribute

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Little Compton Landscapes

South Coast Rail: Passenger trains will return to Fall River and New Bedford sometime in 2024

The last passenger trains between Boston and the southeastern Massachusetts cities of Fall River and New Bedford rolled out of the railroad stations of each city about 65 years ago, in the late 1950s. Resurrection of passenger-rail transportation to the two largest southeastern Massachusetts municipalities was being debated and discussed since the 1980s, as a…Continue readingSouth Coast Rail: Passenger trains will return to Fall River and New Bedford sometime in 2024