There are a lot of things to see in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the past I have been to the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Natural Museum. I enjoyed them both. This time, Badona’s brother took us to the Springfield Armory where the Springfield rifle was made. This place was free, but there is a donation box. On display are long rifles, war rifles, and all kinds of other rifles, not just Springfield rifles. The museum is in the original part of the building that was built in 1777. The building itself is interesting, and the machinery that made the guns is also cool. The best section, to me, was the mishaps display. You have to see it to understand. If you are ever in Springfield, Massachusetts, look up the Springfield Armory. It’s well worth your time, even if you don’t like guns.
While we were in Massachusetts, Badona’s brother took us to the Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield. By the way, Badona’s family lives in Massachusetts, and we don’t go there too often. The Yankee Candle is a large souvenir store that is very expensive but interesting. They have all kinds of merchandise from candles to Christmas decorations. They even have miniature trains that run on tracks near the ceilings in many of the various rooms. Badona almost bought something that she liked until she saw the price. The ambiance there is to buy, and it’s hard to resist unless your mind is grounded in the Lord. It was a nice place to visit, and you can take hours to go through the many rooms. But leave your wallet and purse in the trunk of your vehicle!
Badona and I recently took a trip to Massachusetts. It took us eleven hours to drive up with a few stops and a little bit of heavy traffic. The return trip took ten hours and ten minutes. I guess it was shorter because we were going downhill. Actually, there was very little traffic anywhere. We were blessed, and we even took longer stops.
In Massachusetts I saw a Baltimore oriole drinking from a hummingbird feeder at Badona’s mother’s house. It announced itself with a high chirping call before it went to the feeder.
Well, at least this blog isn’t about fishing. I do love nature, what’s left of it. I guess fish and birds go together. They were created on the same day!