A time warp

Star Trek fans more in the know than I noticed that Tim and I had Halloween costumes from two different generations of the Star Trek story. They suggested maybe we were a couple that played with time to meet up. Having failed to notice the different eras detail myself, I was claiming we were “Star Trek janitors.” I mean everyone has to wear the uniform, right, even the folks cleaning the toilets? But maybe these Star Trek geeks were onto something with the time travel suggestion. Look what I just found:

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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