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The Burlinton Bike Trail

The Burlington Bike Trail in Burlington Vermont is a unique and fun ride. We started in downtown Burlington and rode north. The former railbed was built on a causeway in Lake Champlain that stretches to the Champlain Islands. There is a gap in the causeway to allow for boats to pass through it. While I assume there was once a drawbridge here; it is long gone. During the summer, a local nonprofit cycling group operates a ferry to bring you across the gap. Once you reach the islands there are some options for places to visit including restaurants, orchards, and a wintery. We filled up on fresh apple cider donuts.

The ride was long, I think 27 miles, with some wind. We rented e-bikes from the same nonprofit that operated the ferry. These were pedal assist bikes, which meant we had to pedal and they would help us. It was our first time trying them and we really enjoyed the experience.

Gate 1

Though the Boston Naval Shipyard was decommisioned in the 1970s, several architectural elements have remained including this old security gate. The former shipyard still houses the Navy’s USS Constitution as well as a museum, businesses, residences, and a marina.

Street Portrait: Arthur Orson Louissaint Esq.

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

This is another street portrait I made along the East River Esplanade in New York City. As Mr. Louissant walked towards me, a lot of the locals stopped to talk to him. It turns out he is a local lawyer and a musician. I’m not sure which profession he is better known for. He graciously agreed to let me take his picture.

Up on the Roof

While visiting Boston this summer, I passed by a parking garage in the heart of downtown. Always curious, I took the elevator to the top floor. It gave me a totally different view of the city.

The image above shows part of Downtown Crossing with the golden dome of the State House in the back. The image below shows the steeple of the Old South Meetinghouse.

Irish Hunger Memorial – NYC

The Irish Hunger Memorial in Lower Manhattan sits near the Hudson River. Despite its half-acre size, it’s easy to walk past it. The entrance is though a passageway in the front of the structure. Once you enter you walk up into an Irish cottage from County Mayo. Beyond lays a field with plants and stones imported from the west coast of Ireland. It’s like walking through an Irish field. At the top is a commanding view of the Hudson River. It’s a wonderful tribute to those who perished in the great famine.

The Wall Street Bull: Fantasy vs Reality

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

We’ve all seen pictures of people like the young girl above posed with the famous Wall Street Bull. You go to New York and think, “I’ll pop over and take a pic with The Bull.” But the photo below shows the reality.

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

There is a line to get your picture with El Toro. But if you really want it, go for it. Plan to wait. Watch the crowd. You’ll get some good ideas for ways to pose and shots to take. When it’s your turn, make sure to get some good pics. The good news is that it’s free.

TD FiveBoro Bike Ride

The other bucket list item that I did while in New York City was to ride in the TD FiveBoro Bike Ride. This forty-mile ride goes through all five boroughs of New York. I first learned of it in January 2020 and signed up to ride in May of that year. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. I was thrilled when they announced that it would be held this August. It was a fun ride rather than a competitive one. Riders of all abilities participated. The most challenging part was around mile 35 when we crossed the Verrazano Bridge to Staten Island. It’s the longest suspension bridge in the United States. Next year’s ride will be Sunday, May 1st. Who’s with me on this one?