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A Surprise, A Climax, A Kill, A Severance, A Paradox ... And More!

Burlington, Vermont

April 10, 2022

Back on the road yesterday working way toward Paris, New Hampshire. So much to see -- I only got as far as Burlington, Vermont -- the home of the University of Vermont.

Cairo, New York:

I saw Surprise on the map so I routed myself through there. You'll see the guard wires are down -- a fellow stopped by to see "what's the deal with the elf?" Told me that a woman had gone off the road the day before and was arrested by the police. I told him my Buddy story and he told me about the next town I should go see seven miles down the road.

Yes, Climax. I could make some jokes but I try to keep this a family blog. I think I took more photos than there are people in Climax (I exaggerate).

A kill is a body of water, most commonly a creek, but also a tidal inlet, river, strait, or arm of the sea. The term is derived from the Middle Dutch kille (kil in modern Dutch), meaning "riverbed" or "water channel". It is found in areas of Dutch influence in the Netherlands' former North American colony of New Netherland, primarily the Hudson and Delaware Valleys.

Examples of the freestanding use of "kill" are:

  • Arthur Kill and Kill Van Kull, both separating Staten Island, New York from New Jersey

  • Batten Kill, Vermont and New York

  • Bronx Kill between the Bronx and Randalls Island

  • Fresh Kills, New York

"Kill" is also joined with a noun to create a composite name for a place or body of water:

  • Catskill Mountains, New York

  • Cresskill, New Jersey

  • Fishkill, New York

  • Peekskill, New York

  • Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania

  • Raymondskill Falls, Pennsylvania

  • Wallkill, New York

The single 'l' spelling of 'kil' is the norm in modern Dutch geographical names, e.g. Dordtsche Kil, Sluiskil, or Kil van Hurwenen. It can occasionally be found in North America.

It is still not springtime in northern New York.

Fun map. I like to know what region of a state I am in and this map answered my question. It was north of here that several road signs were in both English and French,

Ok, It's A Wonderful Life fans. This town is missing a "wonderful" opportunity to play off its name. No Bedford Falls though.

I was on a roll with fun place names yesterday.

This is the post office in Severance -- but no sign!

Love the bucket hats.

How many docks are there on Paradox Lake? Two, of course.

There was still ice on the lake. Brrrrrrrrrrr.

I thought this was a fun shot -- turns out I was only at an elevation of about 1,000 feet.

I'm not sure if this town is named Streetroad or Street Road -- in either case it makes my list of interesting names.

I am now in Vermont -- those mountains are in New York.

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