New England, Day 2

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Photos by Hui-chen and MJ Klein

Part of the 2010 USA Trip Series

New England, Day 2

We awoke to a gorgeous day with a stunning sky.  We found ourselves on Route 9 in the Framingham area of Massachusetts.  First order of business was food.  Hui-chen and I decided to try a Chinese restaurant on Rt. 9 called The Red Pepper.

New England, Day 2

This is classic egg drop soup 磨菇肉絲蛋花湯.  Flavored with cilantro (coriander) this soup was better than I expected.

New England, Day 2

This is zha jian mein 炸醬麵.  My wife thought the ginger flavor was too strong but I enjoyed it.

New England, Day 2

Next up was Shrimp with Crispy Noodles 避風塘蝦.  This dish was excellent.

New England, Day 2

Stir fried tofu with vegetables 豆腐炒鮮蔬.

New England, Day 2

Our friend Grady met us at the restaurant and then took us to one of the radio stations he built and maintains.  That’s me on the far left, then Grady, and the 2 tower climbers that are going to climb the towers this morning.

New England, Day 2

I really like this photo that Hui-chen took.  She can find art and beauty in the strangest places.

New England, Day 2

This is the reason why the towers are being climbed today.  That square structure is called a “sample loop” and provides a sample of the signal to measuring equipment inside the transmitter building.  That signal is used to measure the performance of the tower system and there is some problem with the sample loop on each tower that requires fixing.  That means tower climbing.

New England, Day 2

The climbers get started….

New England, Day 2

New England, Day 2

The most dangerous part of tower climbing is the actual climb and descent.  Once you reach the target height you can clip onto the tower with your climbing belt.  But while you’re moving you’re not clipped onto anything.

New England, Day 2

These guys are fast.  It doesn’t take long for them to reach the sample loops.

New England, Day 2

The sun was in and out, making for some interesting photographs.

New England, Day 2

This radio station also broadcasts satellite content, therefore it has a bank of satellite antennas and receivers.

New England, Day 2

This shot shows a climber at the sample loop.

New England, Day 2

Soon enough, the climbers were finished and they came back down to discuss what they had found aloft.

New England, Day 2

That’s my friend John on the far right.  John works in the movie business and also with Grady on different projects.

New England, Day 2

With the tower business concluded, Hui-chen and I took a ride into town on the Mass Pike.  It had been years since I was on the Mass Pike.  Look at how clear the air is!  What a fantastic day!

New England, Day 2

We drove past the historical Schrafft’s building.

New England, Day 2

We drove past the Sullivan Square power generating plant on the Mystic River.

New England, Day 2

My goal was to make it up to Lynn, MA and to show my wife the view from High Rock Tower.

New England, Day 2

The Tower plaque.  When it was recently refurbished, a telescope was placed at the top.

New England, Day 2

You can see this view of Boston from the base of the Tower (where this article is geotagged).

New England, Day 2

Also there are nice ocean views from the Tower base.

New England, Day 2

The park has been cleaned up and really looks nice compared to when I used to live in Lynn.

Bushman Meets Mike01905

I haven’t seen my friend Mike from Lynn in quite a few years, so naturally I dropped by to say hello.  Mike is also a ham operator and that’s how we know each other.  We met at a ham radio event, 20 some years ago.

New England, Day 2

Hui-chen and I were invited to dinner at a Cambodian restaurant by my old friends in Lynn.  It was a great time and we really enjoyed being with old friends again.  By the way, the food was great too!

Lately I’ve been including a teaser photo from the next article coming up.  So here it is:

New England, Day 2

Can you guess what we’ll be doing in our next article?

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  2. I can guess what you’ll be doing in your next article… I can guess 🙂

    They really cleaned up the High Rock tower area when they put the telescope at the top. The output of the telescope (what it sees) gets displayed on computer monitors inside the base of the tower. There is usually a viewing there once a month where people can go up there and see what they are looking at with the telescope. Boston looked a little hazy that day from High Rock Tower… but it was kind of a hot and humid day that day… if I remember right.
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    1. Mike, compared to what we usually have in Taiwan, that seemed like a Spring day to us! who aims the telescope? is it used for research? what about night viewings of planets, etc.? is that done too? thanks.

  3. Very nice, New England looks so nice, I’ve always wanted to live in that part of the country. I’ll have to try to make my way up there in the near future. Thanks for sharing the photos.
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  4. Outstanding photos Mike! I haven’t been to High Rock Tower since…I think…back when you lived in Lynn. I forgot how beautiful that view was. I’ve got to bring my kids there. The telescope is very cool. Alyssa was happy to see the pic of the Schrafft’s building. Did you know her grandmother from Italy, worked there making chocolates like in I love Lucy:) It was really fun meeting up with you Hui Chen at Angkor Wat. Good times & many more to come!
    Thanks for sharing,
    J

    1. hi Jay, nice to hear from you. thanks for the compliments on the photos. you really should go back up to High Rock Tower and show your kids what it’s like up there. they’ve really cleaned up the park since i used to live in Lynn. i did not know that Alyssa’s grandmother made candies in the Schrafft’s company! once upon a time i had a job with a company in that building (in the mid 80’s). we’ll have to do another meet-up when we come back to New England someday! thanks Jay.

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