Monday, October 31, 2011

Adios Northeast

Off we go into the wild blue yonder! We are waiting for Jim to pick us up to take us to the airport for our flight to Daytona. It's definitely time since even the frost is so thick that it looks like it snowed again. At least it's not like my sister and family in NH where they had 12-14" of snow with the last storm.
We lucked out with 2-3".

What a summer season it has been and we want to thank our wonderful friends for all their help and camaraderie this year. Things just wouldn't be the same without you all! We're already looking forward to returning next spring.

Check back frequently this winter to see what adventures we get into. More from Daytona...time to fly!

Friday, October 28, 2011

I'm Dreaming Of A White....


Yesterday afternoon it started with a rain/snow mix.
Good thing the gold fish are basking in their winter aquariums at Jim & Lyn's house (we ended up having 14 offspring, plus the original 9 fish by the end of the summer).

By nighttime it turned to all snow with huge snowflakes falling down.

This morning it was a winter wonderland.

I guess we waited too long to head south this year. Now we're really anxious to turn the white flakes of snow into white grains of sand!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Where Did October Go?

Looks like October has gone the way the rest of the summer season has gone...way too fast!

It's been a month filled mainly with ongoing projects that needed to be completed before our southbound departure.

The Ticonderoga house has been winterized and the toys are back in their toybox. It was a gorgeous fall day when we went north, and we had a colorful ride on Tongue Mountain's twisty roads.
We also took one last walk along the LaChute Trail and the colors were at their peak.

It is always hard locking the door for the last time of the season, especially since it was so nice out that day. We knew it had to be done though, since there was so much else that had to be taken care of.

Among our other chores, Hercules has been the biggest project. The engine was put back together with Kevin's help. Then it was time to reinstall the 800 lb. engine back in the frame with the New Holland tractor (which barely lifted it).

The front end sits ready to be reinstalled.
Two happy mechanics!
That is until it was all hooked up and didn't run. Smiles turned to frowns with several different theories as to the cause. Unfortunately we've run out of time, money, weather, and patience, so Herc is now totally back together and parked under the big shed out back. As is the Full Circle, which also needs engine work in the spring. Dave will have his hands full when we return, because people have already been dropping off motorcycles for him to work on next year. He better rest up this winter!

We did have one last 'Rally in the Woods' ride this month, and everyone declared it our best yet (I think the 'bar is raised' each time).

Many thanks go out to Kenny, Kerstin, and Tyler for being such great hosts, and to everyone who brought so much delicious food and other goodies! Thumbs up and thanks again to Andy, who once again played our favorite tunes...definitely a hit with the crowd! Should we name this air band 'Classic Old Men'?

Yeehaw! 'Johnny Vortex' gave a great trail tour with the Farmall.

We started setting up for the rally at 9 A.M. and the last piece of wood went on the campfire at 9 P.M. No one wanted to leave, which shows how much fun we all had. At the end of the night, Sara paid tribute to herself and the riding season by putting flowers on her own memorial where she broke her ankle this spring. Hopefully this will please the trail gods so it doesn't happen again next year.

We are now in our final phase of preparing to leave the cold, damp northeast. Our flight south is on Halloween Monday. First stop...Daytona. We are ready!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


The yearly migration has begun. The geese are honking as they fly south, and can be seen in just about every field and body of water along the way. We have lots of different birds stopping for a rest and a meal at our feeder before continuing on their journey. The hummingbirds have departed and there even seems to be fewer deer around. We also had some gorgeous butterflies passing through our yard yesterday.

I was glad that my marigolds were still in bloom for them to land on and have a bit of respite (although that may all change tomorrow when we get frost).

Gee, even our Honda Helix motorcycle will soon be on I-95 South, as it it gets transported down to Daytona for more explorations and adventures during our family visits.

When will we join the migratory ritual? We are getting closer to setting a date, but our list of projects here just gets longer. For now we will have to be content being observers and not participants.