Paul had another meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and this time it was in Providence, Rhode Island. Since he had two papers to present, we thought we should go. We had an early flight the morning of Saturday, May 3rd, so we decided to go to Salt Lake Monday evening and stay at the Belmont Inn by the airport in Salt Lake. That gave us a shuttle to and from the airport and two weeks of free parking.
May 3 (Sat)
We were up early for an 8:30 flight to Providence, Rhode Island with a brief stop in Philadelphia. We were randomly selected pre-checked so we didn't have to wait in a long security line. We arrived about 5 pm and took a taxi to the Omni right downtown which has a walkway to the conference center (where the conference is being held) and another one to a mall. The downtown area was really crowded. There was a circus going on next door and a lot of little girls running around in cheerleader costumes. Apparently we weren't the only show in town. As we walked over to the mall we saw an add for the Book of Mormon Musical which meant we literally were not the only show in town.
|View of the State House from our window|
|The "other" show in town|
We found out that the church was only about 4 blocks from our hotel with meetings starting at 10 am so we were able to walk to church. It was an inner-city branch with all ages of people from all over (including a couple from Cape Verde Islands who spoke Portuguese). Everyone was very friendly and we really enjoyed the meetings. Diane played the piano for the first two hymns since the regular pianist got caught in traffic (a marathon going on in town) and also for Relief Society. Sister Wheeler (a missionary) led the music in Relief Society. She lives in the same ward in Idaho Falls as the Sister Wheeler we knew in Canada (though no relation).
|After church (the couple is from Cape Verde)|
|The Mexicans have invaded the Italian area of town|
Breakfasts were light at the conference. Paul lived on gluten-free granola bars that Andrea sent with him while Diane went to the accompanying persons room for a light breakfast. Paul attended some morning technical sessions on architectural acoustics. After a couple of hours we decided to walk around town a little. Providence is a nice, clean, small city. We stopped for "bibimbop" at a local Korean restaurant.
|The Omni Hotel|
|The river that runs through the city|
|Local news broadcast|
|Good for gluten-free pasta|
Paul's main presentation wasn't until Tuesday afternoon so we decided to go to the Rhode Island Design Museum (art museum) in the morning. We walked there, of course. They had a combination of graphic design, paintings, sculpture, porcelain figurines, and decorated historic rooms.
|A Game of Charades - Edward Matthew Ward|
|Don't worry! It's not what it seems|
|The sign says it all|
|Not too spicy|
The afternoon technical session was on the acoustics of the organ. Paul took a different slant with his paper "MIDI: The digital organ for organists and non-organists". He showed how new organ stops can be created using an electronic keyboard for sounds. He also used software to play a fugue for organ he composed many years ago.
May 7 (Wed)
Wednesday was designated as our tour day so we took an organized tour of Newport Bay. Two ladies, Anne from England and Jamuna from India, were also on the tour.
We first went to Jamestown on an island where we passed some interesting brownish black cattle with a white stripe around the belly.
|How is this nice looking couple?|
|Coastal resort in Jamestown|
|The wedding church|
|Best ice cream in New England?|
After the tour we went to an organ concert at St. Peter and Paul church. It was a very nice concert performed on a mechanical organ. We were able to find a restaurant with gluten-free pizza for dinner. We have a nice night view of the city from our room.
|St. Peter and Paul Church|
|The mechanical organ|
|Providence at night|
May 8 (Thu)
We were going to take a tour of Providence in the morning, but it was completely booked by a private group. We decided to walk the Freedom Trail. There is a green line pained on the sidewalks which zigzagged all over town with stops where you can dial up a narrative on your cell phone. The problem is, they haven't maintained the trail and many of the sites are not working. that didn't matter to us, because we were able to have a nice walk around town. It took about 2 1/2 hours. We had lunch at the Luxe Burger Bar where Paul had a gluten-free hamburger.
|Monument to Roger Williams|
|The actual First Baptist Church in America|
|Along the river|
We attended more technical sessions in the afternoon, including Automatic Musical Accompaniment Systems where a piano (or violin or trumpet) can play a solo part and the computer can play the accompaniment (piano or full orchestra), keeping track of how fast you play and find where you are if you stop, repeat a section, or jump to a new section. This was followed by a concert demonstrating the capability. Of course creative researchers have to have creative music so some of the music was really strange. We had another dinner at the conference followed by a technical committee meeting (for Paul) after the dinner.
May 9 (Fri)
Travel day. We rented a car and headed toward Canada today. We went as far as Old Sturbridge Village, a living history park in Massachusetts. We had visited the village many years ago and were very impressed with it.
|Red trim for an old house|
|The cooper shop|
After lunch at the village we headed for Syracuse, New York where we intended to spend the night. When we got there we couldn't find a vacancy within miles of the city because of Syracuse University graduation. We continued on as far as Watertown where we found a place for the night.
May 10 (Sat)
Today we crossed the border into Canada. On the way to Campbellford we stopped at the mall in Belleview to have some "poutine" (cheese, meat, and gravy on french fries) for old times sake. When we arrived in Campbellford we decided to take a walk through Ferris Park, one of our favorite activities when we lived there. At one point we crossed a marshy spot just to find out they had built a new boardwalk a little farther up the trail. The hillsides were covered with Trillium in bloom. They had a heavy winter this year and more water over the falls than we have ever seen.
|Trail through Ferris Park|
|Trillium in bloom|
|Lots of water over the falls|
In the afternoon we visited Tim and Debbie Holt and Mary Longmuir. We found out that Barb Hobart's choir was performing this evening. We sang with the choir when we lived in Campbellford and were excited about being able to attend. It was hit tunes from the 1950s and 1960s (a lot of fun).
|Tim Holt under his mower|
|Songs from the 50s and 60s|
May 11 (Sun)
This morning we went to church again at the Trent Hills Branch. It was good to see all the members we knew from our mission. It was almost like being back home (except we were in a motel room instead of our apartment). Paul led the opening hymn then Diane gave the opening prayer and Paul the closing for Sacrament Meeting. Everyone had an opportunity to get up and talk about their mothers, being Mother's Day. they gave out carnations for each of the women. Diane's lasted the rest of our trip.
|Motel by the river|
|After church on Sunday|
|The picture we donated for the Relief Society room|
We returned to the motel room for a rest then went to Ken and Debbie Holt's in Havelock for a wonderful dinner. Mary joined us. It was really good to be able to visit with the branch again.
May 12 (Mon)
We were planning on going into Toronto today, but we had not been able to contact anyone we knew there and were not looking forward to the traffic so we headed back east. We had wanted to see the Upper Canada Village (a living history museum we had visited may years before), but it wouldn't open until after Memorial Day. We decided to pass by anyway. Next to the village was a memorial of the Battle of Chrysler's Farm where the Canadians defeated the Americans in the American War (War of 1812). It was nice to walk around the memorial.
|Battle of Chrysler's Farm|
|Are the soldiers still there?|
We passed by the Upper Canada Village and found out they had opened two weeks early this year so we were able to visit the village. There were several mills, old buildings, and people dressed for the period.
|Miller with his steam engine|
|Old time music|
We spent the night in Cornwall, on the Canadian side of the border where Paul was able to find some gluten-free pasta at East Side Marios for dinner.
May 13 (Tue)
Today was a long travel day through New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, ending up in Massachusetts. We crossed the Canadian border, just to be informed that our car rental agreement didn't allow us to take the car into Canada (even though we told them that we were going to Canada). We saw a lot of Amish buggies as we crossed the northern part of New York. We then took the ferry across Lake Champlain from Plattsburgh, NY into Vermont.
|Ferry to Vermont|
|I wonder in which room Joseph Smith was born?|
|Mansion at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP|
|Our Hanover house|
We continued on to Lowell, Massachusetts where we spent the night.
May 14 (Wed)
This morning we went to Lowell National Historic Park, highlighting the textile industry of the early American Industrial Revolution. We saw a movie about the cotton mills then walked over to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum to see the weaving machines at work.
|A streetcar named Lowell|
|Engineer in training|
|Now there's a bobbin|
|Saugus Iron Works|
|Two Wampanoag women cooking fish|
|Home sweet home|
|A modern pilgrim|
|The deacon and his wife|
|Along the creek|
|Seafood dinner at the Lobster Hut|
We finished seeing the Plymouth sights this morning. We started at Plimoth Mill (which was called Jenny Mill until about 2 years ago). We took a tour of the mill.
|Plimoth Mill (aka Jenny's Mill)|
|Mill stones in the mill|
We then went to see the Mayflower II, a reconstruction of the original Mayflower. We tried to imagine what it would be like to cross the ocean.
|They like their rum|
|How does this thing work?|
We stopped by the Plimoth Plantation again to get some gifts. Diane really like their snowball bush.
|Why doesn't our snowball bush grow like this?|
|New Bedford Whaling Museum|
|Gilbert Stewart Mill|
|Mystic Village waterwheel|
May 16 (Fri)
We spent the morning at Mystic Seaport Museum which portrayed life in a shipping village. They had a restored whaling ship that was scheduled to sail the next morning as a traveling museum. Everyone at the seaport was excited after waiting for years. We saw all kinds of boats and tools used in the 1800's sea life. There were people in some of the buildings to demonstrate what life was like.
|Don't you need water to sail a boat?|
|"I wonder what I would look like as a figure head"|
We finally headed back to Providence. We decided to pass by Pawtucket (just north of Providence) to see Slater and Wilkensen Mills. They have a tour that takes 1 1/2 hours and we didn't have that much time so we took some pictures and went back to turn in our rental car.
|Slater Mill historic area|
After turning in the car we took a taxi to the airport (the airport shuttle got stuck in traffic and never arrived). We flew to Charlotte, NC and then on to Salt Lake City, arriving about 10:30 pm. We returned to the Baymont Inn for some sleep before returning to Logan tomorrow.
May 17 (Sat)
Today we returned to Logan with a stop at Tai Pan Trading in Layton. We had to take a detour in Ogden because of a marathon. It is always good to get back home. This was a fun trip, but it was long and expensive.