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Back to school with Sam

Made or posted on Sep 3, 2014

Travelers arrive, Southampton, Mass.

On her way back to school after summer vacation, cousin Samantha consented to a road trip from D.C. to the campus in western Massachusetts. First stop, convenient for lunch: Columbia, Pa., a time-worn little port on the mighty Susquehanna.

Columbia is notable for the longest multi-arch concrete bridge in the country e(above) and for nearly being selected capital of the nation in the 18th century. There was a bunch of near-misses before D.C. was picked.

Pennsylvania cornfield

Later we admired a fine field of corn, beyond the weeds, in bottomland near the river (above, click picture to enlarge it).

Our only blatant sightseeing involved walking around FDR’s house at Hyde Park, N.Y., though we stopped briefly to impersonate Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt as part of the Hyde Park’s summer mime pageant (below).

Franklin & Eleanor impersonators at Hyde Park

We were still bleary from the flashbulbs and audience acclaim (below) when we arrived in Northampton, Mass., for Sam’s fall semester.

Sam arrives at Smith