Reflections of Travel to the United States

As a four-decade Certified Travel Agent, international airline employee, researcher, writer, teacher, and photographer, travel, whether for pleasure or business purposes, has always been a significant and an integral part of my life. Some 400 trips to every portion of the globe, by means of road, rail, sea, and air, entailed destinations both mundane and exotic. This article focuses on those in the United States.

New York:
Originally accessed by Floyd Bennett Field–New York’s first municipal airport–Manhattan, experienced from the water with island-circling boat cruises, was channeled through its museum, theater, and restaurant arteries, and from the heights of its Empire State Building and no-longer existence World Trade Center. It became the threshold to its Lower-, Mid-, and Upper-Hudson Valleys, which were characterized by Bear Mountain, West Point, the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the vintage aircraft Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, dinners in the Culinary Institute of America, plays at the Rhinebeck Center for the Performing Arts, and visits to the Hudson River School of Painters venues.

The Catskill Mountains, ablaze with autumn, afforded skiing at Hunter Mountain and Ski Windham, and natural scenery, such as its Kaaterskill Falls, and became the next step to the Adirondacks, famous for its glittering blue Lake George, its numerous boat cruises, and Fort Ticonderoga.

Further north and to the west was the Finger Lakes region, with its sculpted, waterfall-lined Watkins Glen chasm, Glenn H. Curtiss and National Soaring Museums, boat cruises on Keuka Lake, where Curtiss himself tested his seaplane designs, and outdoor lunches at area vineyards.

New England:
The New England area encompassed six states.

Maine, the first of them, provided an epicurean experience with its Atlantic-caught lobster and shrimp, but its topographical duality included Bangor, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park on the coast’s Mount Desert Island and the lodges and forests at Rangeley Lake inland.

Neighboring New Hampshire was equated with knotty pine cabins on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, the vessels, such as the MS Mount Washington and US Mail Boat which plied it, and the tiny motorboats from which fishing lines hung to catch what later became dinner. The White Mountains, with their main North Conway entry point and numerous notches, was accessed by a myriad of ski lifts and gondolas, including those up triumphant Mount Washington, the crown of its peaks.

Vermont, with its mirror-image Green Mountains, was characterized by a crossing of Lake Champlain, the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Green Mountain National Forest, the Mount Snow Ski Resort’s Grand Summit Lodge, an ascent of Mount Snow itself on the Bluebird Express Scenic Chairlift, Benington Battlefield State Historic Site, the Covered Bridges Museum, the Grafton Village cheese making facility, Plummer’s Sugar House for maple syrup, and the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, whose setting provided inspiration for his poetry. The Molly Stark Trail afforded a 48-mile scenic drive through the southern region.

Massachusetts, slightly further south, offered the major city of Boston with its Freedom Trail and its harbor-moored USS Constitution; the smaller towns of Plymouth, where the Mayflower first touched its now-famous rock; Salem, with its House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace, and Witch Dungeon Museum; the battle sites of Lexington and Concord; and the Berkshires on the state’s western side. Sights here included the historic Red Lion Inn, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Herman Melville home from whose window the mountain that inspired his classic, Moby Dick, was visible, and a drive up Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’s highest point, for spectacular views and lunch.

The gilded mansions hugging the Newport, Rhode Island, shore gave way to the casinos in eastern Connecticut, the Essex Steam Train in the Connecticut River Valley, the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine in Groton, the Connecticut Coast with its Mystic Seaport, Yale University and the Broadway “try-out” Shubert Theater, and the Long Island Sound crossing ferries.

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Kraft and Company, PLLC, CPA in Nashville, TN

Kraft and Company, PLLC is a full service accounting firm providing more than just annual tax preparation. Involvement with clients goes beyond basic accounting functions, we see ourselves as true partners to our clients, on both a personal and professional level.
The firms culture breeds long term employees and high staff retention. These strengths allow Kraft and Company to provide its clients with continuity and a level of service and attention that is unmatched. We are proud to work with individual and business clients through the many needs of their lifetime and business cycles from entrepreneurial endeavors, to tax planning, and estate planning. We support our client’s goals.
Clients find us to be attentive, proactive and dependable in an environment that is welcoming, friendly and feels like family.
Kraft and Company was founded by Kenneth Kraft in 1975 after he had gained several years’ experience working at Price Waterhouse and then at his uncle’s family accounting firm: Kraft Brothers. Ken decided to start his own firm, opening the original office in Belle Meade.
In 1978, the company moved to downtown Nashville in what is currently the Bank of America building where it remained until 2003 when the office was moved to its present location off West End. The location fits Kraft & Company, PLLC’s character: it is welcoming, comfortable and the door is always open for clients and visitors.
114 29th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212​
P: 615-244-3991
F: 615-244-0278

Baker Sullivan Hoover, CPA in Nashville, TN

In order to truly focus on your future and bring the most value to your business we strive to build relationships rather than merely providing services. This means staying involved with you and your business on a continuing basis throughout the year, not just checking in once or twice a year to prepare your taxes.
We will be there each month to review your business’ finances and offer assistance as issues arise. This is the foundation for building our relationship. Each quarter we offer an Executive Summary of key financial indicators specifically for your business, so that you can monitor your progress and adapt as necessary. Each year we will review where your business has been and assist you in end-of-year tax planning and budgeting for the year to come. Finally, we will focus on the tax compliance needs for the year with confidence that there will be no surprises in tax liability or missed opportunities.
Jay Hoover, CPA
Personal Financial Specialist: Awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 1995
Certified Financial Planner: Certified by the International Board of Certified Financial Planners, 1992
Certified Public Accountant: Certified by the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, 1987
Postgraduate: College for Financial Planning, Denver CO; 1988 – 1992
Undergraduate: Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY; B.S. Degree: Accounting – 1984
Baker Sullivan Hoover, PLC, Certified Public Accountants, Nashville, TN:
Chief Manager – 1999 to Present
Managing Member – 1990 to 1999
Senior Accountant – 1987 to 1990
Tax Accountant – 1985 to 1987
Charles E. McDonough, Certified Public Accountant, Bowling Green, KY:
Staff Accountant – 1979 to 1985
Business’ Crystal Ball – The Importance of Financial Projections,
The Memphis Business Journal, 1999
Your First Business Decision – Selecting a Business Entity Form,
The Memphis Business Journal, 1998
The Penalty Box – How to Stay Out and Get Out,
The Memphis Business Journal, 1999
Member – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member – Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member – Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Member – AICPA Tax Division
Member – AICPA Management Advisory Services Division
Member, Economic Club of Nashville, 2012-present
Treasurer, Economic Club of Nashville, 2012-present
Board of Directors, Catholic Community Investment & Loan, 2009-present
Board of Trustees, Pope John Paul II High School, 2006-2012
Treasurer, Pope John Paul II High School, 2006-2011
Lay Director, Nashville Cursillo Center, 2007-2010
Member, Catholic Business League, 2008-present
Treasurer, Exchange Club of Nashville, 2007-2012
Member, Exchange Club of Nashville, 2004-2012
Treasurer, Knights of Columbus National Convention, 2006-2008
Treasurer, Nashville Cursillo Center, 2005-2007
Member, Jericho Project Committee of Men of Valor, 2002-2004
Chairman, TSCPA Small Business Committee, 1999-2004
Board of Directors, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Tennessee Chapter, 1996-1998
Member, TSCPA Personal Financial Planning Committee, 1996-1998
Member, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 1985-present
Bowling Green/Warren County Jaycees, 1983-1985
35 Peabody Street, Suite 310
Nashville, TN 37210
Phone: (615) 255-6143
Fax: (615) 255-6184