Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 47, Vermont to Cape Cod, USA

We are now flying over New England...did you know that Vermont is the only New England state with no coastline along the Atlantic Ocean??

The Green Mountain state is noted for its scenery and dairy products and is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States.

The State of Maine is a another state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America.

It is also known for its scenery — its jagged, mostly rocky coastline, its low, rolling mountains, and its heavily forested interior — as well as for its seafood cuisine, especially lobsters and clams....yummy!

New Hampshire is the next state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of
Did you know that New Hampshire was the first U.S. state to have its own state constitution, and is the only state with neither a general sales tax nor a personal income tax at either the state or local level?? Amit and Feroz love that!

Its license plates carry the state motto: "Live Free or Die."

The state nickname is "The Granite State", in reference to its geology and its tradition of self-sufficiency.

To accentuate this, many state agencies and New Hampshire license plates carry the image of the Old Man of the Mountain, a granite stone face.

And now we are flying over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, also a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

Massachusetts has been significant throughout American history.

Plymouth was the second permanent English settlement in North America.

During the eighteenth century, Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the agitation there which led to the American Revolution and the independence of the United States from Great Britain….(no, n
o, Marti, it wasn't a real tea party at Boston)
In the late eighteenth century, Massachusetts was the first U.S. state to abolish slavery.

Also, it was a center of the temperance movement and abolitionist activity before the American
Civil War.

In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage.

Please wait a minute, another postcrosser ( has heard of our journey around the world in 80 days and has extended an invitation to us to come to Cape Cod.

That is so very kind of you Paul!!

Paul is trying to lure us to Cape Cod by telling us about the cranberries, shellfish (particularly oysters and clams) and lobsters!

He has invited us to Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, which berths several whale watching fleets who patrol the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and he guarantees a whale sighting

(mostly humpback whale, fin whale, minke whale, sei whale, and critically endangered, the North Atlantic Right Whale).

If we are not interested in this he will take us to see the seals

….or to the beach or biking, boating, fishing, go-karts, golfing, kayaking, miniature golf, and unique shopping.

There are 27 golf courses and 15 private courses on Cape Cod so Feroz and Amit are really tempted....however we are on a really tight schedule now , so we must move on.

Thanks again Paul !!

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