Sunday, July 7, 2013


We pretty much stayed home and got the house cleaned, and some minor repairs done. We did go to Walmart and I got my hair cut and stuff to eat.  As we were traveling there the light came on to change the oil, so Rog got that done too.  So now we are all set for the long trip to Canada.  Well we do have one more stop at Belfast, Maine.  There we are going to meet up with some of the peeps that went on the Alaska trip with us and some from the Branson Mega Rally.  We are looking forward to this next stop.  
On our travels in Maine we came across this interesting eating place, my Sista's BBQWe were going to stop and see what they offered for eats, but the place was closed down. 
So cute.

Love this home.  Not that great a pic, but the best I could get on the move in the car. 

I forgot to tell you about this part of the boat trip we took about the light houses.  This is where another river comes into the Kennebec River.  Now the Kennebec River dumps into the Atlantic Ocean so it is greatly influenced by the tides.  This area back in the 1800s maybe even the 1700s is where a tide mill was located. 

A tide mill is a water mill driven by tidal rise and fall. A dam with a sluice is created across a suitable tidal inlet, or a section of river estuary is made into a reservoir. As the tide comes in, it enters the mill pond through a one way gate, and this gate closes automatically when the tide begins to fall. When the tide is low enough, the stored water can be released to turn a water wheel.
Tide mills are usually situated in river estuaries, away from the effects of waves but close enough to the sea to have a reasonable tidal range. These mills have existed since the Middle Ages, and some may go back to the Roman period.

I also forgot to say when we were in Connecticut at the Corp of Engineer Campground about the mosquitoes.  We had a lot, but I have been places where there where many more, but even one bugs me.  We were listening to the news on TV and they were talking about the mosquitoes and how these particular type of mosquitoes do not carry the West Nile Virus and that in a couple of weeks that type of mosquitoe would be hatching.  Interesting, I did not know that a certain type of mosquitoes carried the virus only.    

Not All Mosquitoes Carry West Nile virus

n  There are 150 different species of mosquitoes in the U.S. and only a small fraction of those actually transmit disease.
n  Mosquitoes go through four stages in their life cycles – egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The complete cycle can take as little as four days or as long as one month, depending on the temperature.
n  Only adult female mosquitoes bite animals and require blood meals; males feed on the nectar of flowers.
n  West Nile virus (WNv) and St. Louis encephalitis are primarily associated with the Culex mosquitoes.[i]
n  Adult Culex females live between 2-4 weeks or more, depending on climate, species, predation, and a host of other factors. Culex mosquitoes are generally weak fliers and do not move far from their larval habitat, although they have been known to fly up to two miles.[ii]
n  Mosquitoes are most active at 80°F, become lethargic at 60°F, and cannot function below 50°F.[iii]

[i] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. West Nile Virus: Entomology.; CDC Answers Your Questions About St. Louis Encephalitis.
[ii] Floore, T. 2000. Mosquito Information. The American Mosquito Control Association.
[iii] Rutgers Entomology. 2001. FAQ’s on Mosquitoes.

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