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We Got Cameras: The Camera Heritage Museum

The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia

If you have any interest in cameras and find yourself in central Virginia, the Camera Heritage Museum in Staunton (pronounced STAN-ton) is a must-see.  Located in a former camera store, this place is crazy full of cameras of all kinds, and the stuff in the showroom is only part of the collection.  According to the guy we talked to (mostly he talked to us!) they have store rooms throughout the city with more cameras.  They just don’t have room to display them all.  They claim to be the largest camera store open to the public in the US, and although I have nothing to compare it to and even after visiting the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, I believe it!

The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia

Check out their website.  It tells you more than I can ever tell in a blog post.  But you definitely have to see it in person to really appreciate it!

The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia

Liquid Souvenirs – Our Favorite Kind!

Souvenirs from our October 2021 New England Road Trip!

How could you pass up a distillery named ‘Wiggly Bridge?’  You have to stop, right? 😉

Kathy & I enjoy stopping at wineries and distilleries on our road trips.  Partly because we like bringing home souvenirs, but mostly (really!) because we love hearing the stories.  Each place we visit has a story or two about their history, their products, their facilities and more.  Sometimes many stories!

While we were in Rockport, MA, we visited two distilleries.  Wiggly Bridge was about an hour up the road and just across the Maine border in York.  We combined that with a visit to Bob’s Clam Hut, a local and tourist-favorite clam shack in Kittery.  Two for one! 🙂

The story behind Wiggly Bridge is that it started as a bit of a joke between father and son, and turned into a full-time business.  They even taught themselves how to build their first still.  The distillery is located in an old barn, and windows in the tasting room look down on the distillery.  A tour there starts at the bar with a cocktail made with one of their products, moves “across the room” to look at the distilling room, then returns to the bar for a tasting.  The distillery produces whisky, rum, vodka, gin and agave spirits.  Since this was our first stop we limited ourselves to a whisky and a rum.

After that, we drove back to Gloucester, MA to Ryan & Wood Distillery.  Owner and co-founder Bob Ryan did our tasting and told the stories.  If it wasn’t for two guys who walked in just as we were finishing our tasting, we might still be there listening to Bob. 😉  But we were “saved” and managed to get away with just four bottles – a rye whisky, a wheat whisky and two gins, one of which is aged in former rye whisky barrels.  Yum!

Souvenirs from our October 2021 New England Road Trip!

Later in our trip, as we traveled from New Hampshire to Vermont, we stopped at the Vermont Spirits Distillery in Quechee, VT.  Their claim to fame is a vodka made from maple sugar. We tried it and it was interesting, but to me it wasn’t something I wanted to bring home.  Their 15 Hands bourbon and their bourbon barrel aged gin were pretty tasty, so we did bring home some samples of those.

In New York, we stopped by Finger Lakes Distilling, where we tasted but didn’t buy.  We were mostly killing time before a wine tasting. 😉  Their spirits were quite good, but since we were already getting overloaded (in the car, in the car!), we decided to pass until next time.

Also in the photo above is Gunpowder Rye from New England Distilling Co.  We didn’t visit there, but Kathy had that at a bar in Maine and loved it so much we had to track some down in Bar Harbor.  That also made the trip home!

Souvenirs from our October 2021 New England Road Trip!

We visited three wineries in the Finger Lakes Region of NY but bought from only two.  We purchased wine from Heron Hill and from Atwater, but chose to pass on wine from Dr. Konstanin Frank.  We liked all of the wine but we were kind of choosy about whether we were getting a deal or not.  If I can get a good discount and/or free shipping, I’m interested.  Otherwise I can always buy online from home.  Plus, we already have a pretty good supply on hand at home! 😉

One of the fun things about the Finger Lakes wineries is that we were introduced to several new – to us – varietals.  Blaufrankisch is a grape that is widely grown in Europe and was introduced in NY from Austria.  Baco Noir is a hybrid winemaking grape created in 1902 by French botanist François Baco.  The unique climate in New York state is ideal for growing these types of grapes, and the results are really good.  We were quite impressed and will continue to keep NY in mind as a source of good wine!

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot –  there was also maple syrup from Vermont! 🙂

Souvenirs from our October 2021 New England Road Trip!

Postcard From The George Eastman Museum and House

Central staircase at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York

Kathy & I drove to Rochester today to visit the Eastman House and – more importantly – meet up with some of our photo friends (more on that later).  This photo is not necessarily representative of the experience but is one of my favorites for the day.

We’ve got one more day in the Finger Lakes before we head south on Saturday.  We should be sleeping in our own bed on Sunday and are looking forward to it!

Postcard From The Glenn H Curtiss Museum In Hammondsport, New York

Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” at The Glenn H Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York

Other than the Wright Brothers, perhaps no other individual is as important to the history of aviation than Glenn Curtiss.  Just a few years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, Curtiss, almost single handedly, improved and advanced the newfangled airplane to see ever expanding commercial, military and personal application.

Curtiss’ various ventures centered in the area around Hammondsport, New York.  The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is a tribute to this aviation pioneer and is a fascinating place to learn about this area of aviation history.

Postcard From Seneca Lake, New York

Morning on Seneca Lake at Plum Point Lodge near Himrod, New York

I’m finding it quite easy to make these early morning excursions when I am in an interesting place to photograph.  I went out this morning in front of the lodge where we are staying.  It is still cloudy, although forecast to start clearing today.  The soft cool morning light made long exposures easy.  In this case 7.5 seconds on a tripod gave the water a nice blur while preserving some of the detail.

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post that we are now officially at 49 states!  The last one, of course, is Hawaii. We have plans to go there in February.

Postcard From Burlington, Vermont

When In Vermont…Ben and Jerry’s

What better symbol of Vermont than a Ben & Jerry’s?  While this is not the original – it was torn down long ago – this one is the flagship store in downtown Burlington.  The factory is located a few miles east in Waterbury, but the store and visitor center are undergoing renovation and currently closed.  We made do with this one.  What flavor did we choose? New York Super Fudge Chunk – Chocolate Ice Cream with White & Dark Fudge Chunks, Pecans, Walnuts & Fudge-Covered Almonds!

Site of the original Ben & Jerry’s store in downtown Burlington, Vermont
When In Vermont…Ben and Jerry’s

Postcard From King Arthur Baking Company, Vermont

The King Arthur Baking Company store in Norwich, Vermont

Who knew there were so many kinds of flour?  I guess I did, but seeing so many varieties in one place was fascinating.  Kathy & I like bread, but like so many things, we like to eat it but are happy for others’ passion in baking it!  But it was the first stop after we crossed into Vermont, so we stopped in, wandered around, took a few pictures and left.  It was pretty busy, we didn’t have anything we wanted to take home, and knew that we would soon have other “souvenir” opportunities – in the afternoon we stopped and purchased at (a) a distillery, (b) a maple syrup and cheese farm, and (c) a maple syrup museum (who knew?).

The King Arthur Baking Company store in Norwich, Vermont

Postcard From White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire

Beaver Pond on SR 112 near North Woodstock, New Hampshire. In White Mountains National Forest

We’re now in Vermont, but I wanted to post another photo of some of the small amounts of fall color we’ve been seeing.  This is from a spot along SR 112 – before the official start of the Kancamagus Highway.  We actually had (slightly) better conditions on the west side of the “Kanc” while the Highway itself was largely socked in with fog.