State Capitols · Northeast Tour
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1 Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Sutherland, VA Whirligig Farm
2 Thursday, September 21, 2006 Ruther Glen, VA Tiny church
3 Friday, September 22, 2006 Silver Park, MD Two political statements in one day
4 Saturday, September 23, 2006 Cape May, NJ Ferry ride
5 Sunday, September 24, 2006 Fieldsboro, NJ LUCY!!
6 Monday, September 25, 2006 Attleboro, MA Travel day
7 Tuesday, September 26, 2006 Bangor, ME The Navigator meets a witch
8 Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Bangor, ME Visit with friends
9 Thursday, September 28, 2006 Montpelier, VT Rain, rain, go away!
10 Friday, September 29, 2006 New Milford, PA Thank Goodness for Triple A!
11 Saturday, September 30, 2006 Charleston, WV The Navigator out does himself
12 Sunday, October 1, 2006 Aiken, SC Last day; nice trip
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The purpose of this trip, and several others yet to come, is to visit all of the state capitols.

But first... You folks in Rio Linda (note there are two links) are probably laughing your butts off at my spelling error in the title of this page and in the preceding sentence. You may think the correct spelling is 'capital' and you would be wrong. Let's settle this before we go any further, okay? Follow this link which goes to the American Heritage Dictionary's definition of the word 'capital.' There you'll read, "A town or city that is the official seat of government in a political entity, such as a state or nation." Still think I'm wrong? Okay, go back to that link and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and read the Usage Note.

Those of you who received/read the introductory email to this trip will be interested in definition number two.

This trip is to visit the state capitols (the buildings) not the state capitals, the town where the capitol is located.

However, having pulled your leg a little, I will grant you that it would indeed be hard to visit the state capitol without visiting the state capital J

Back to business...

I've decided to visit each state capitol. So we'll be visiting every state. Excluding, for the time being, Alaska and, since these are driving trips, Hawaii on a permanent basis :)

For this trip, we'll be visiting the state capitols of states along the Northeastern coast. On future trips we'll visit the other state capitols. Visit the Route Overview page for specifics on this trip.

New toys

It's always fun to have new toys to play with. And since one of the new toys for this trip has proved to be a very big deal, let me discuss it first.

Effective with this trip, the trip maps will be produced using Street Atlas mapping software from DeLorme. The big deal, as those of you who have traveled with us before may suspect, concerns The Navigator. Prior to this trip, I'd tell The Navigator where the trip would go. Then he would, with some help from AAA (Triple A), figure the route and tell me which AAA maps he needed. Once the maps were in hand, oops, I mean paw, he would use a magic marker to lay out the route detail on the maps. I would take pictures of the maps and stick them on the Route Overview page along with The Navigator's narration about the route. And all along you thought The Navigator spent most of his time sleeping. Shame on you ;)

But sometimes The Navigator can be very impatient. I guess he got tired of doing the maps this way and decided to check out digital maps. In between visiting his doggie porn sites on the Internet, he did some research on mapping software. He saved his allowance and asked me to buy the DeLorme software for him. Which I did.

I tried to explain to him that the folks in the local AAA office are gonna feel left out because he won't need their maps anymore. He explained that is not the case as he will still need the maps to plan the route. Once the route is decided, he'll use the software to map the route details.

He spent a lot of time bitching about the learning curve of the new software. And I'll admit, what little I saw of it looked pretty daunting. But DeLorme has a helpful forum where he could get his questions answered. And he even acknowledged that the mouse is easier to use than the magic marker :)

To see the result of his learning curve struggle, visit the Route Overview page. I have to admit, he did an awesome job.

And using this new system may solve a serious problem The Navigator has had. I sure hope I'm not violating some privacy law by writing this, but I've had several phone conversations with The Navigator's doggy psychiatrist (don't laugh, it worked for Beatrice) about his fixation on an imaginary GPS unit. I've written about this preoccupation before. And I do worry about his mental health. The good news is that the DeLorme software comes with a GPS receiver which plugs into the USB port on the notebook computer. Pretty cool! I asked the doggy psychiatrist if having an actual "GPS unit" would be too traumatic for The Navigator. She said having a physical object to obsess over is much better than obsessing over something that doesn't exist. So, we'll have techno-neat digital maps and a mentally healthier Navigator. Who could ask for anything more?

Now, on to the other toy...

I've been using a Nikon CoolPix 4600 camera to take the trip pictures. (Go here for the story of how I came to buy this camera.) It's a nice little point-and-shoot camera. But it has its drawbacks. Sometimes I just couldn't get it to take the picture I wanted. Like in Carlsbad Caverns on the Missing States I trip. So I decided to upgrade to a digital SLR camera and after a lot of research decided on the Nikon D50 partly because I have an old Nikon FE2 camera and some of the accessories I bought for it a long time ago can be used on the D50.

Hopefully the pictures will look better from now on.

And now, on with the trip! Just click on one of the day pages above to get started.

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