Harvest Festival at Leonard’s Mill

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This was actually a different day, a family hike. But it’s fall, so it’s related.
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We grabbed lunch, bean-hole beans, biscuits and hot cider, and it began to rain, so we ate in the basement of a working water-powered saw mill, while the large wooden wheels and gears groaned behind us.
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Just look at this assortment of old chainsaws!
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Herb Crosby a retired UMaine mechanical engineering professor working with the rebuilt Lombard Log Hauler. These things were the first tracked vehicles to ever truly work, and the originated in Maine, and used for logging at the turn of the century.
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Horse cart rides.
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The Lombard gives rides, too. Think steam powered locomotive and tank combination.
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Herb drives his pride and joy. They’ve restored and rebuild this machine tip to toe. When the boiler (10ft long) heats up, it expands 1/4 inch lengthwise, so they made some design changes to allow it to expand and slide!

A tired return from Leipzig

Leipzig to Orono
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

German Time
3:50 am MPI EVA, wake,
4:00 am walk Semmelweis Strasse to Leipzig MDR station,
4:20 am take S3 local train to Leipzig Haupbanhof,
5:30 am take Deutsche Bahn ICE to Berlin,
6:06 am take TXL bus to Berlin Tegel Airport,
9:00 am take United flight to Newark Airport (8 hrs),
(arrive 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm Germany)

US Eastern Time
(flight canceled, rebook to Portland instead of Bangor, on standby)
4:30 pm take United flight to Portland,
6:30 pm take taxi to Concord bus terminal,
8:15 pm take Concord bus to Bangor,
10:45 pm take private car ride home to Orono.
11:20 pm sleep.

5 modes of transit
Travel time: 25.5 hours

A 50% eclipse in Maine

Our generous neighbors lent us a pair of eclipse watching glasses which had been given to them by another pair of generous neighbors. We live on a nice street.

At home we made some very nice pin hole cameras of different sizes and specifications. Here’s one. 

And here is an image that one of our cameras made. Not bad for 20 min of work! Apparently Maine will have a full eclipse in 2024! By then Liam will be 17, and Reid will be 14. Yikes!

Potsy Condle-Cots

Before we left for Costa Rica a year ago, Liam and Reid were both given new stuffed animals. Liam’s was a sloth (befitting our upcoming journey), and Reid’s choice was a baby leopard (also fitting, but also sometimes a baby cheeta). Reid names the leopard “Spots” for the obvious reason. Then his name evolved. Spots, Pots, Potsy, and finally it grew a last name: Condle-Cots. So now we have Potsy Condle-Cots: