So many things are going on and so many ideas come to mind to blog about, that I thought I'd ramble on about several, all in one post.
The waters are receding from the floods up here, with lots of damage left in its wake. I cannot help to wonder how many boats are stuck in the Erie Canal system for the winter, since most of the locks are closed.
Even after Irene we had another 5 days of rain from Lee, causing more flooding. Here is some of the mud left behind.
However, in the 'calm between the storms', I had two days of glassy calm kayaking which was a real treat.
Roger's Rock, also known as Roger's Slide, even had climbers heading to the top.
It's not always fun and games for us though. Here in Glenville, our cellar has become wetter and mustier than ever. I finally found the culprit(s). Water is seeping in the concrete block walls. There has been an enclosed room that we called the museum, where some antiques, family heirloom pictures, photo albums, Dave's mother's bottle collection, and her huge collection of National Geographic magazines were stored. Needless to say all of the magazines and most photos had to be thrown away. The mold was on everything including an old rug that was on the floor from Dave's grandmother's house. Even the paneled walls had to be taken down (masks and gloves worn). This is our first step in ridding a problem that has always plagued this house. Step two will be gutters to help keep the water away from the foundation and drying the cellar out. In the scope of things, this is nothing. We're just so glad we aren't shoveling out Mohawk River mud like my aunt, uncle, and cousins are.
Two days before Irene made a visit to the Northeast, the center span of the new Champlain Bridge was floated to the site, raised up, and put into place. We didn't get to see it in person, but several times during the day we could see the progress on D.O.T.'s website.
The Bayliner's engine problem has been diagnosed as a rocker arm falling off, bending the push rod. Parts have arrived and all we have to do is find time and weather to install them.
Meanwhile, Hercules the Ford 555 backhoe is all apart down to the engine block. Many MANY parts are arriving, including a crank. One of the cylinders is scored and needs to have a sleeve installed so the engine is at a repair shop getting this done.
It is almost time for our goldfish to go to their winter home, living in an aquarium at our friend James' house. He'll need a bigger fish tank this year, since these little orange devils have replicated (usually the fish eggs are eaten by the others before they even develop). I counted 11 tenacious little fish plus the 9 original ones. Yikes! Anyone want to start a pond of their own?
One of the burned out neighboring houses up in Ticonderoga was finally demolished last month. This provided a great morning's worth of entertainment.
Last but not least, I am going to remove the Legend freight boat experience from the right sidebar of the blog. From what we have read online, last winter the shipping company ran into some problems and didn't pay their bills, causing the boat to be seized by U.S. Marshalls. After going to court and paying the bills and fines, the boat was released. However, we have no idea if the Legend does the trip anymore. Last we heard, all items being shipped to Green Turtle Cay (no passengers) go to Marsh Harbour first, usually on the Duke of Topsail, then get loaded on to the Legacy (sistership of the Legend) and taken to Green Turtle Cay. One more step in getting supplies delivered, meaning more time and I'm sure more money involved. Another reason why they say "Abaco's not for sissies."
Instead of the Legend, I will put links to my Rideau Canal posts on the sidebar until we get back to the Bahamas.