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… the behinder I get. We’ve been in Massachusetts for almost a week and I’m far from finished writing posts about Vermont, or our detour through central New Hampshire. Or the side trip to Rhode Island, made all the better thanks to some great recommendations by Hector Owen.

Anyway… next up will probably be a post about the birthplace of our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. While stories abound about Coolidge being taciturn, a little known fact is that he held 529 press conferences while President, more than anyone before or since! Possibly the most remarkable speech Coolidge ever gave was an extemporaneous one given on September 21, 1928, in Bennington, after spending days reviewing the state’s progress in recovering from disastrous floods the year before:

For two days we have been traveling through this state. We have been up the East side, across and down the West side. We have seen Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Windsor, White River Junction and Bethel. We have looked toward Montpelier. We have visited Burlington and Middlebury. Returning we have seen Rutland.

I have had an opportunity of visiting again the scenes of my childhood. I want to express to you, and through the press to the other cities of Vermont, my sincere appreciation for the general hospitality bestowed upon me and my associates on the occasion of this journey.

It is gratifying to note the splendid recovery from the great catastrophe which overtook the state nearly a year ago. Transportation has been restored. The railroads are in a better condition than before. The highways are open to traffic for those who wish to travel by automobile.

Vermont is a state I love. I could not look upon the peaks of Ascutney, Killington, Mansfield, and Equinox, without being moved in a way that no other scene could move me. It was here that I first saw the light of day; here I received my bride, here my dead lie pillowed on the loving breast of our eternal hills.

I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.

Although decades have passed, we both found the speech especially moving and indicative of the tremendous power of simple words delivered from the heart.

(By the way, it was extremely cold, windy, and snowing here in Boston when we went out to dinner last night, which provided us with an adventure we’d prefer not to repeat. Today, however, the skies were crystal clear this morning and the temperature in the mid-50’s.)


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Final Preparations


One of us hasn’t begun packing. The other was ready a few days ago. As our flight leaves San Francisco early Wednesday morning, we’re spending tomorrow night at the nearby Hampton Inn, leaving the car there until our return. We did the same thing before our trip to the UK last year. (This time, we’re taking the tire valve caps off before we go, though.)

Neither of us has flown Virgin America before, but everything we’ve read about it has been positive. We’re looking forward to the flight and our trip.

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