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A really nice morning at Fort McHenry! Unfortunately, it only opens at 9am so its not possible to get a view of the place even earlier in the day.

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A few photos from this afternoon! Thank goodness for a nice breeze because it was rather hot! There was what appeared to be a change of command ceremony going on just outside the fort - a rather nice venue! There's probably some acronym for it - the military has acronyms for everything!

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After a few hours waiting in the foggy and cool Boston morning along with a 1 hour delay due to fog, the Parade of Sail appeared on the horizon from behind the airport! It was quite a sight with tall ships slowly making their way into Boston Harbor. We didn't stay too long as the procession was quite slow and there were very many ships! Such an event hasn't occurred for 17 years in Boston so it was quite a sight.

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Just a few scenes from a nice afternoon!

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A nice afternoon for a stroll! Just enough wind to get that big flag going and to keep things comfortable!

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This little garden is conveniently located in Tokyo right next to the Hamamatsucho JR Station. Its has beautiful landscaped views and a nice large lake in the middle. And the lake has large numbers of turtles, many of which were out enjoying the warmth of the sun! An oasis in the middle of the city!

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Matsumoto Castle, also known as the Crow Castle due to its black painted exterior, is quite an impressive structure and still has its original wood interiors and external stonework. It is quite a sight both during the day and illuminated at night!

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At 1,500 meters in elevation on the east side of the Alpine Route lies the Kurobe Dam. Its a bit longer but not as tall or wide as the Hoover Dam in the US but it is way more impressive due to its location nestled among the Japanese Alps. Looking back at my photos, they completely fail to capture the amazing size of this structure and what it must have taken to build this thing in mountains in the middle of nowhere! Access to the dam is via funicular on one side and electric trolleybus on the other, both operating in tunnels cut into the surrounding mountains.

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Murodo, at 2,500 meters in elevation, has a number of hiking trails that wind through the snow covered landscape. There were a number of interesting features. Down below, there were thermal features in a valley. There are trails and what appears to be boardwalks through the thermal area but it has been closed due to the poor air quality. Up above, there are also a number of alpine lakes which have begun to melt exposing just a little bit of that beautiful bright blue color! The weather was extremely variable for the short time that I was there. I was lucky to get enough clear sky for a little bit of time to see some far off landscapes as well as those closer by.

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At 2,500 meters is Murodo, the highest point along the Alpine Route. Part of the road, which is only open to Alpine Route buses, that passes through this point naturally accumulates massive amounts of snow. It was at 14 meters (45 feet) at the highest point! That's alot of snow!
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