Wow is it foggy out, I can not even see the row of buildings down below us. It is a lot warmer out and I guess that is causing the fog. It is to be sunny later so time will tell. We have just two days left here in Island Falls and then we begin our trip home to WNY.
No big plans for today. Bonnie wanted to drive back up to Houlton to browse through the Salvation Army store. So we drove the 30 miles up the interstate, still hoping to see a moose. While she shopped for a couple hours I drove around town and looked for a Verizon store. I wanted to get a look at the new iPhones. I even went to Walmart. Then I call the US Cellular store. She told me the closest Verizon Store was an hour away. About that time Bonnie called and I headed over to pick her up. She had two other stores to visit. One was closed and she was not in the other very long.
We drove back Route 2, still no Moose. Then we explored some really rough roads close to the resort but still no Moose. So back to the condo. I checked the air pressure in the tires and the one is 2 lbs low again. I will fill it tomorrow I guess. I lubed the steps and when I got the can of spray lube out there was a dead mouse in the trap. So one must have gotten in somewhere. At least I hope it is only one. Each day when we get back the big window has a lot of flies on it. Today there were close to 100. Its much warmer today than it has been. Bonnie suggested I open the casement window and remove the screen. I did that and a lot went out side. The rest I took care of with the fly swatter. Twenty minutes later 10 or more are back. Bonnie calls them cluster flies, says they come out from around the windows.
And so another day draws to a close.
|Another nice sunset|
We got up and were in no big hurry this morning. Looks like it will be a beautiful day. I did spend time on line with Verizon Wireless and finally ordered an iPhone 6 Plus. Estimated ship date is October 31st. So looks like there is a month long wait for the iPhones now.
On the way into town we pulled over and took a picture of the lake below the resort.
|Upper Mattawamkeag Lake|
Out front they even had an old English Phone Booth.
|Rather new built in 1911|
|Closed to traffic but in good shape|
|A few through a crack|
|Sun coming through a knot hole|
|This is a truss bridge|
|Lots of color|
|Bonnie wanted some close ups of the Buffalo|
|Like he was posing|
|Bonnie on Loon watch|
|A Loon A Loon|
|Now maybe a Moose|
Well we leave in the morning check out is 10am and we will be southbound shortly after that this time for Littleton, MA
Yesterday we visited the covered bridge near Littleton, ME and tonight we are in the Boston Minuteman CG in Littleton, MA.
We pulled out of the time share lot at 10:15 this morning. I unhooked the power, and had to add air to the one tire again. This is the tire I had to keep an eye on and add air in the spring, but its been good all summer. So not sure what it is, but the braided valve stem extenders are probably a good place to start. I started out driving but Bonnie took over behind the wheel at the first rest stop. I snapped this picture with my phone as we headed down the road.
|Bonnie at the Wheel|
We finished setting up and Bonnie started a load of laundry. Once it went to the dry cycle we ran into town to CVS to pick up a RX and a few groceries. Then back to the rig to relax. I got the free WiFi set up and it seems to be working pretty good. We watched a bit of TV and now its after 11 and time to get some rest.
Up early this morning and ran the heat pump to take off the chill. Then I turned on the TV to watch a little of the final round of the Ryder Cup. Our view out the front window is the kids playground and they were out there by 7:45 playing on the swings. Its nice and sunny out and not sure what we will do today.
We decided to go and visit the Lowell National Historic Park. I called and we made reservations on the 2:00pm boat tour. We left here at noon and were parked and in the visitor center in about 30 minutes. We paid for our tickets (no senior pass here) and watched the 20 minute film about Lowell.
Lowell was a textile town and grew rapidly. It was named after Francis Cabot Lowell. He went to England learned and memorized the technology and came back and built a mill. At its peak there were at least 60,000 looms in operation in the city in several huge mills. This was in the 1800's so a series of canals were built to harness the Pawtucket Rivers power. The river drops 32 feet in this area and provided a tremendous amount of power to run the mills. The size of the buildings is impressive. We did get to see some looms operating at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum part of the NPS also. The mills are all closed not but a lot of the buildings are now being converted to apartments and luxury lofts. We saw so much and there is still so much to see if we come back this way. Here are some pictures.
|Market Mills houses the NPS visitor center|
|No time to visit this museum|
|Monument to the med that built the canals by hand|
|On display where the tour started|
|Gas for 327 cash only|
|Clara explained the canals|
|Restored trolly our ride to the boats.|
|Above the Swamp Locks|
|Below the Swamp Locks|
|This old mill has been converted to Artist Lofts|
|In the Francis Lock|
|The river flooded to the 1852 mark, then in 1934 flooded up to the top of the wall|
|Old RR bridge on the canal|
|This is the top of the Flashboard Dam|
After the boat tour we stayed on the trolley and it took us out to the Boott Cotton Mill, also part of the NPS. This mill had 5 floors with 200 looms on each floor. The first floor is still operational and volunteers run the looms. They only run 10 looms at a time. What a noise, they issue ear plugs. Can you imagine what all 200 would sound like and 1000 in the whole building.
|The company clock, workers lived by this time|
|One of the looms with auto spindle changer|
|The boarding house|
|Two tables in the space for one|
|Two girls to a bed Four to a room.|
We took the trolley back to the visitors center and headed back to the coach. Its been a great week and we have seen a lot. Tomorrow we hit the road for NY. The next post may be from home. We have one more stop in Verona.
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