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In memoriam

We tend not to think about the Battles of Lexington and Concord on Memorial Day, but the soldiers who died on April 19, 1775, are the first ones we should honor as fallen Americans. The fighting that day claimed the lives of 49 Colonists and 73 British soldiers, and set the colonies on the road to independence a little  more than a year later.

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Lexington Green

Minute hens

Pecking away earlier today along the Minuteman Bikeway near Lexington Center.

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Happy Patriots’ Day!

The Minuteman stands watch on Saturday. Click on image for larger view.

Loser Redcoats lose

I took a long bike ride this afternoon and ran into some British soldiers in Lexington. I’m happy to say that they lost.

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A snowy run along the Minuteman

A cold 5-mile run along the Minuteman this afternoon from Arlington Heights to Lexington Center and back. As always, they did a great job of clearing the path. It was a little slippery, but that couldn’t be helped.

Biking along the Battle Road Trail

I tried out my new Sony point-and-shoot camera during a 10-mile bike ride, out and back, along the Battle Road Trail earlier today. I picked up the camera so I could document places I travel to over the next year for Ellen Clegg’s and my book project. The results were much better than I can get from a phone — especially inside shots. Overall, I was pretty happen with the results.

Eastern end

There are lots of these along the road. It was a tough day for the British.

Paul Revere’s last stand

Captain William Smith house

Behind the Smith house

Hartwell Tavern. I used flash to offset the backlighting.

Inside the Hartwell Tavern — natural light

Hartwell fireplace — natural light, no editing

Cupboard inside the Hartwell Tavern

Next to the Hartwell Tavern


Don’t eat the berries!

Working farm along the road

Meriam House, at the western end of the road

The macro feature is outstanding

No bison were harmed in the making of this photo story

Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas, everyone! We have come through a year of fear and loss. Let’s hope for better days ahead.

Minuteman Bikeway, Lexington

From Lexington to Concord along the Minuteman and Reformatory Branch Trails

We rode 16-plus miles today along the Minuteman Bikeway from Lexington center and the Reformatory Branch Trail from Bedford to Concord, which was new to use. Enjoy!

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Where we started.

The route.

Minuteman terminus in Bedford.


Reformatory Branch Trail.

Mary Putnam Webber Wildlife Preserve.

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Along the trail.

Near the end in Concord.

Big sky.

Late October

img_0782Sunday afternoon at the Minute Man National Historical Park somewhere near the Lexington-Lincoln line. Photo was taken with my iPhone 6S, unfiltered, unedited, uncropped. This was my second visit (and Barbara’s first)—I was there 10 or 12 years ago leading a Boy Scout troop. Ironically, we ran into a friend from church who was with a Cub Scout den.

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