Thursday, November 14, 2013

How Much Does a New Septic System Cost?


Septic System Cost
Here is information for homeowners to estimate the cost of a new septic system.  I wish I had this information available to me when we were establishing a realistic renovation budget. Although the information below is applicable to Kenosha County, State of Wisconsin, and the costs are from the year 2009, it will give you an idea of the type of costs you will incur and figure out how much it costs for a new septic system.  My goal is to give you enough information to ask the right questions and receive a complete quote, avoiding extra costs you did not anticipate.

Soil Test (Mound System) $500.00



Soil Testing in location of future mound


Soil Samples

Mound System Design $325.00

State of Wisconsin, Dept. of Commerce fee $175.00

Revised Mound System Design due to changing location of Mound $200.00
*The original quote was for the design that located the new septic tanks in my backyard. I failed to make it clear that I did not want tanks in my backyard near my patio. I wanted the tanks in a more remote area to avoid sitting on our lawn chairs and smelling gasses from the tank. Be thoughtful where your septic location will be placed and make sure it is communicated to the designer. And, make sure it is a fair distance from your well.

State of Wisconsin, Dept. of Commerce fee $80.00

Kenosha County Permit Fee $775.00

Register of Deeds fee $30.00

Old Cast Iron Pipe
*The old cast iron pipe that went from the basement to the old system had to removed and replaced. The basement wall needed to be sealed with hydraulic cement inside and out and the outside coated with tar in the area to be patched. Ask if there is an additional charge for plumbing or electrical work.



Extra Heavy Tank Covers
*There is a maximum cover depth of 4 feet on the new septic tanks. If you select a location that requires the tanks to be deeper because of the pitch on the pipes, then extra heave tank covers are required. $360.00 for all three.

Floor Drains or New Drainage Pip for Water Softener
*Water softener discharge should not go into a septic system. Either utilize the existing floor drain or hook up a by-pass to another absorption system using a 4" PVC pipe. $400.00 if needed.

Abandon Old System -
*Pump existing old concrete septic tank, filling with stone, collapse tank, fill, topsoil, grade flat with contour of landscaping. Make sure this is specifically included in the quote.  Your municipality will want certification that the old system is abandoned in an approved fashion.  Inspection will take place before your new system gets the OK.

New System
*Install new system, construct 4-bedroom mound system using washed stone aggregate for the bed media above approximately 143 cubic  yards of sand. Mound is to be capped with clay fill, topped with topsoil, seeded and mulched. All topsoil over trench and tank locations is to be stripped and stockpiled, not trucked off-site. The site between mound and house is to be graded flat, with all deep rutting caused by trucks and equipment filled and graded with topsoil. Miscellaneous materials, labor and machinery charges included. Low and high voltage wire between house and pump chamber and connection to serves are included. $15,000.00

Make sure you take photos of the piping of your septic path for future reference.


Repair to Driveway
*If necessary, repair damage to existing gravel driveway. $369.00
If necessary, repair damage to existing concrete or blacktop driveway. Obtain quote.

Replacing an Old Septic System - Should I?


Should you spend money replacing an old septic system when you renovate?    

If you find yourself asking this question, you will benefit from reading about our experience.

 
Hey!  The toilet flushes fine.  If it's not broke, don't fix it.

Flush the toilet.  Our old septic worked just fine.  It was installed in the 1960's and the system was grandfathered, which meant we were not required to abide or upgrade to the current regulations.  As long as we kept the same number of bedrooms and only increased square footage minimally (defined by county code) we were not required to install a new system.  Yippy!  Why spend the money when it was not a requirement?  What woman wouldn't prefer to put the money toward hard wood floors and pretty cabinets vs. a septic system?  No-brainer.

But.......not so fast!

 
 What kind of system do you have?  How to Find an Old Septic System?

We did not have a mound system.  We had a holding tank, which by the way, was never pumped.  Newer systems typically have access lids that are visible from ground level.  My ancestors put an old cooking pot (without handle) over the access pipe and covered it with dirt.  Grass grew over it and you would never know half the back yard had a tank underground.  Had I not remembered this information as a little girl, there would be no evidence of where it was located.  Additionally, there were no county records of installing the system.  No site maps.  No permit issued.  Since there were no county records, there were also no requirements for pumping or inspection.  Not good.  This is not uncommon in rural areas where vintage farm homes still exist.  If you are looking at buying an old house, I warn you that ignoring these issues will cost you LOTS of money eventually.  Be informed and get the facts so you can make a good decision.

You will want to know:

§        where is the underground tank:  backyard, floodplain, overlapping the neighbor's lot line, underneath a shed

§        what is the size or capacity of the underground tank

§        how old is the system - does the county have a record of installation

§        are there records of the last time the tank was pumped or inspected

§        where is the access pipe located

§        where do the agriculture drain tiles drain into - ditch or creek

§        are there odors or spongy, wet areas

§        does it comply with current county code


If it's not broke, don't fix it?  Why we decided to install a new system anyway.

Landscaping.  We planned on re-landscaping the backyard.  Our plan was to install a concrete patio, a fire pit, install a concrete approach pad to the garage, move our propane gas line, and reconfigure our driveway and parking.  All of this re-landscaping went over and around the existing buried old septic tank.  Should the tank "give out" and fail with the added stress of more bathrooms and more people, all of the landscaping would have to be destroyed and replaced.  Why?  You cannot abandon an old septic tank "as is".  The cover must be removed with a backhoe, pumped clean, and it must be crushed, filled, and inspected before it is covered.  Did we want to gamble?  Did we want to face an emergency install in the middle of a Wisconsin winter?. Did we want to pay for landscaping twice?   No.


Re-Sale.  Since we owned the property for many years our septic was grandfathered. That would not be the case if we wanted or needed to sell the house in the open market.  Have you watched the HGTV channel programs on buying homes?  No one wants a home with a septic that does not meet code requirements.  Banks would not lend with code violations.  Additionally, the new owners may not be able to take occupancy until a new septic was installed.  This would be a huge obstacle in selling the house.  Not good.


The message of this story.

           Think ahead.

Read This If You Are Installing New Windows


Cracked Window Frame after Installation
 

It is the little things, ya know? 

Read this if you are installing new windows.

During construction, it makes sense to do a walk-through, daily if possible.  Catching problems early means they are easier and less expensive to fix.  No one wants to rip apart a finished product only to have to re-build it over again. 

We ordered Anderson double hung windows.  The interior is primed wood (highly recommend you order primed wood directly from the factory) but the exterior is vinyl.  I did not intentionally go out to inspect every window.  It didn't occur to me.  It just so happened I was looking out this particular window and noticed the crack.   It is easy enough to miss.

H-m-m-m-m-m-m.  If there is one problem window, are there more?

This crack may have occurred any time from the factory to delivery to our construction site.  It also may have cracked when the window was lifted to position, or when the contractor was nailing it in place. 

Do not accept a cosmetic repair.

You may be told that the crack is minor, only a hairline crack, but I have a counter-point.  The window had to be jarred with enough force to create the crack so after the warranty has expired, this may be the first window to loose its glass seal.  At that point, window replacement is your expense.  I requested a replacement, which was granted.

There is no need to accept damaged materials.  Stick to your guns!!




























Sunday, October 27, 2013

Airplane Bathrooms

There is no photo or graphic that can project an image of what I am about to describe.  You will  have to use your own imagination.

I am on an airplane heading to Calgary, seat 7D, writing this note.

We are twenty-minutes from landing and the toilet has been used by every specimen of the human race.  I know this because I was one of those specimens.  The floor is dotted with wet spots of an unidentified origin and tid-bits of wet toilet paper and paper towel.  The mirror has spots and the sink has "stuff" in it.  That is what happens when lots of people use a single bathroom the size of a household furnace.

As I observe my surroundings, I frown because the soles of my shoes are now contaminated.  My goal:  quick exit.

Who is next in line?  A young woman in her early 20's - barefoot.  Yes, in she goes!  Barefoot.

E-wwwwwwwww.  I stare at the bathroom door in disbelief.  What would ever posses someone, an adult,  to go into an airplane toilet barefoot? This is contrary to everything my mother taught me about bathroom etiquette and procedures in a public place. 

Think of this girl the next time you shoe shop.  And yes, she'll probably live to 95 unlike the rest of us who carry those little hand sanitizer packets.



Recipes - Special Request




My Favorite Recipe Book


This tired old worn book has seen better days.  It needs duck tape but I'll have none of that dull gray duck tape for this book.  No-sir-ee.  It needs a special color, probably red or yellow, to coordinate with the flowers on the front.  This book is one of my prized possessions and I'll tell you why.

I purchased this blank page book years, years, and years ago for the purpose of keeping recipes of exceptional tasty food that was served by family and friends in their homes.  These recipes tie me to my friendships and family as much as the recipe itself.  Handing down recipes from friend to friend and family to family says I enjoyed being a guest at your table.  I loved what you served and I cherish the time you took to make something special for me.  Memories of a joyful special time.  Being invited for dinner for a home-cooked meal is the ultimate compliment.

I grew up in the 1950's and 1960's and my family did not eat out.  There was no need.  Our table always had ample delicious food.  My goodness, Dog N' Suds was the only restaurant I knew about until I was in high school.  Our "restaurant" was grandma's house, my aunt and uncle's house, and neighbors.  And, it was always pot luck which was the best tasting dish of the lady who brought it.

I'll share just a few recipes today that will come in handy when you expect company or if you need something for a dish-to-pass.  I'll add more later.  Don't expect organic, fat-free, low-calorie, recipes in my collection.  I want the "real thing" even if it means a small portion.   You know, it isn't all about the food.

Coconut Cheese Ball

3-8 ounce packages of cream cheese
1/2 small jar Major Gray's Chutney (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1-1/2 teaspoon curry powder
Coconut, shredded

Blend softened cream cheese with other ingredients except coconut.  Shape into a ball. Roll in coconut.  Serve with salty crackers like Trisket crackers.

HINT:  This makes a generous recipe.  I usually make several smaller balls, enough for an appetizer at a party.  They defrost fine.  Nice to have on hand for unexpected company or card club.

Bok Choy Salad

1 head of Napa Cabbage, chopped, white part only
1 head of Bok Choy, chopped
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
1 bunch of green onion, chopped
1 stick butter
1 pkg of Oriental Ramen Noodle Soup
1 large package of slivered almonds
3/4 cup of sunflower seeds

Dressing
3/4 cup salad oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

Melt butter in pan and toast noodles and almonds.  Color should be light brown.  Set aside to cool.
Mix salad ingredients.  Sprinkle Ramen Noodle flavor package into salad.  Toss.
Sprinkle crunchy noodle and nut mixture.
Add dressing.  Toss.  Serve immediately or noodles will get soggy.

NOTE:  This is always a big hit.  Very tasty. 

My favorite 1960's Ladies Luncheon Menu recipes and photos can be viewed on the link below in my website.

Ladies Sandwich Loaf, 7-layer Jell-O Salad and Champagne Dessert Recipes

Spicy Zucchini Boats

4 small zucchini
8 oz. whipped cream cheese
Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
Parmesan Cheese, grated
Cayenne Pepper
Chives, Chopped

Soil salted water and blanch zucchini with skin on.  Put in ice water ASAP.  Cool.  Cut in half lengthwise and hollow out like a boat.  I use a melon-ball tool.
Combine cheeses, pepper and chives.  Stuff boats
Bake 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until the top cheese browns slightly.  OK to broil.
Serve hot.
NOTE:  Very nice side dish but you can also eat this for main meal if you want something lite.

Hot Cheese Dip

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise

Mix.  Pour into small oven-ready baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.  Should be bubbly.  Serve hot with crackers.  Triskets work well.

NOTE:  I know this is high calorie but oh my goodness, it is tasty!

Mexican Chicken Lasagna

1 - 16 oz. jar of mild salsa
1 - 16 oz. jar of medium salsa
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 - 10 oz. pkg dry lasagna noodles
2 cups nonfat or low fat cottage cheese
2 eggs
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 4 oz. can diced green chilies
4 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Pour both jars of salsa into large saucepan. Add the pepper, chili powder, cumin, and garlic.  Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions and drain well.  Pat dry.  Combine the cottage cheese, eggs, parsley, and chilies; mix well and set aside.
Lightly coat a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.
Arrange half the lasagna noodles in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread half the cottage cheese mixture over the pasta, then half the cooked chicken, then half the salsa.  Spread half the shredded cheeses on top.  Repeat the layering step., ending with the shredded cheeses.
Bake, covered at 375 degrees about 45 - 60 minutes - until bubbly.  Let stand uncovered for 10 minutes before cutting.

NOTE:  This can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator, unbaked,  until you are ready to put it in oven.

Lemon Square Bars

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice
confectioner's sugar for garnish

Pre-heat over to 350 degrees
Crust
Mix flour, butter and 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar.  Press into ungreased 8 inch square pan, building up 1/2 inch edges.  Bake in preheated over for 20 minutes.

Beat remaining ingredients until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Pour over hot crust.  Bake 25 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched.

Cool.  Cut in squares.  Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

NOTE:  This tastes best when you use real butter for the crust. 

Olive Dip

8 oz. whipped cream cheese
1 small can of chopped black olives
1-1/2 teaspoon granulated beef bouillon
4 Tablespoons for water

Soften cream cheese so it is easy to beat.  Boil 4 Tablespoons of water and add beef bouillon.  Mix until melted and blended.  Let cool and add to cream cheese.  Add olives and refrigerate.  Serve with potato chips.

NOTE:  I have been making this since the 1970's.  If you love black olives you will love this dip.  It is a nice alternative to French Onion Soup mix chip dip. 

Scalloped Broccoli

1 cup of mayonnaise
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
4-5 cups of fresh broccoli or frozen, chopped and drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 Tablespoons minced onion
2 eggs, well beaten
buttered bread crumbs

Mix ingredients; sprinkle breadcrumbs or top.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. 

Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

8 oz. package of whipped cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 egg
1 pinch of salt
1 package of Duncan Hines Devil's Food Chocolate Cake Mix with instant pudding (see box)
Cup cake papers

Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg, and salt until creamy and fluffy.  Then, stir in the chocolate chips.  Drop this mixture into a third-filled cupcake batter.  Add a little chocolate cake batter on top of the mixture to cover it.  Bake according to the directions on the cake box.

Curry and Sweet Pickle Tuna Salad

7 oz. can tuna, drained and flaked
6 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 pinch of garlic

Mix everything except tuna.  Taste and adjust to your liking.  Mix with tuna.  Set in refrigerator and serve cold on bed of lettuce.
NOTE:  This is a nice change from the standard tuna salad.  We love it.

Hidden Valley Ranch Oyster Crackers

12-16 oz. plain oyster crackers
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Original Ranch Salad Dressing mix
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4-1 cup of salad oil

Combine Hidden Valley Ranch mix and oil; add dill weed, garlic powder and lemon pepper.  Pour over crackers, stir to coat.  Place in warm oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

NOTE:  These are so-o-o-o-o good but eat them when you are staying home.  I would avoid serving at a party unless your guests don't mind the garlic.

French Salad Dressing

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup catsup
1/4 cup vinegar
1 onion (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup salad oil

Put all in blender and blend well.  Adjust any seasoning if necessary.
Refrigerate.


Lime Cottage Cheese Jell-O Salad

1 small package lime Jell-O
1 cup hot water
1 cup pineapple juice
1 small can crushed or chunk pineapple
1 small carton cottage cheese
1 cup of whipped cream or Cool-Whip

Mix all ingredients together, varying amounts of pineapple, cottage cheese, whipping cream, according to taste.  Put into a pretty mold or dish.  Refrigerate, preferably overnight, until set and serve cold.
NOTE:  My mother made this for all the holiday's, bridal or baby showers and ladies luncheons.

Seven Layer Bars

1/2 cup butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 can (3-1/2 oz.) sweetened coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
1 package ( 6 oz.) chocolate chips
1 package ( 6 oz.) butterscotch chips
1 cup nut, chopped

Melt butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan in the oven.  Watch carefully so it does not burn.  Add each ingredient in order, layering.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
This is very easy - and fast.  You don't even need a mixing bowl!
People love this - especially the guys.

Hot Blue Cheese Dip

7 bacon slices, cooked crisp and diced
2 Tablespoons of minced garlic cloves
8 oz. whipped cream cheese at room temp
1/4 cup half and half
4 oz. Blue Cheese crumbled
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
3 Tablespoons chopped smoked almonds (I use smokehouse brand)

With electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add half and half.  Blend.  Stir in bacon bits, blue cheese, garlic, and chives.  Transfer to a 2 cup baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake until heated - about 30 minutes.  Sprinkle chopped almonds on top when you remove from the oven.
Serve with baguettes.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Girls Trip to Dexter, Maine



My Absolute Favorite Souvenir
Moose Salt and Pepper Shakers
(Kinda makes you a little jealous you don't have these, doesn't it?)
 

This Year - Another Adventure!
Six of us, all grown women, turn into fun loving high school silly girls during our annual long weekend adventure.  Each year one of us has the honor of planning.  The destination is usually a place that would be new to most of us and it can be anywhere in the United States or Canada. The criteria must include good food, interesting shopping, scenic views, an outdoor activity of some sort, and culture.  So far, we have rented condos or houses so we can all be together.  That is the best part.  Actually, that is the most important part.  Early morning conversations during coffee and a glass of wine in the evening while we talk about the day is a perfect recipe for building memories.

Last year our adventure took us to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This year the destination was Dexter, Maine.  What?  Where in the heck is Dexter, Maine?  We were about to find out.  Join me on a photographic journey of our trip to the unexpected charm of Maine.




 

Dexter, incorporated in 1816, is located in the central part of Maine.  The town is located on the Sebasticook River which provided water power to grist mills, woolen mills, and textile mills in the early days.  Dexter is most famous for being the home of the Dexter Shoe Company.  The Town of Dexter was a growing prosperous town because of its industry.  Today the mills have closed, the Dexter Shoe Company moved, and as of the 2010 census the population of Dexter was 3,895.




Downtown Dexter, Maine, August 2013




Church located in Dexter, Maine



Civil War monument, Dexter, Maine



The Old  1857 Town Hall, Dexter, Maine
 
 
 

Abbott Library
Amos and Jeremiah Abbott established mills in the 1830's in Dexter.  They closed in 1975.
This library was given to the Town of Dexter by George A. Abbott in 1894.

Our Lodging and Hosts
When Norma announced that Dexter, Maine was her destination choice for this trip, she then told us we would be staying at Brock and Barbara Johnson's house.  Uh-oh.  Is this a good idea?  Are they prepared for six alpha females who are competitive, impatient, determined, not afraid to give an opinion, and not afraid of the unexpected?  Hope so.

Brock picked us up at the Portland airport in a mini-motor home which would be our "limo" for the entire trip.  He was in good standing with us when he announced we had a bathroom and refreshments!  So far, so good.

Oops.  Spoke too soon.  THIS is the driveway to the house?



This is the view of the driveway to the house as we pull off the road.
We all look at one another.  Silence...dangerous for this group of ladies.





The driveway eventually gets to the field stone pillars.......and it continues....with nothing in site.
We are still quiet...a sure sign the alphas are pondering...but we have complete trust in Norma. 


Our Ah-Ha Moment.  The House:  Our Home Away From Home


Our first view of the house and grounds.  Norma, we trusted you all along - really!



Lovely back deck facing the water.



Back of the house and windows with great views.



At dusk, the fish were popping out of the water trying to catch moths and bugs.

 

Our Welcoming Hostess, Host, and Chloe the Cat

Barbara Johnson
Perfect Hostess and Great Cook.  Thanks Barbara!




Barbara prepared a wonderful crab cake lunch.



A Maine lobster dinner cooked by Barbara topped the day!




Brock Johnson
"The Bomb"
Brock was with us from picking us up at the airport to taking us back to the airport.
He had the patience of a saint with us six ladies and I can't think of a more appropriate title for our host.
Brock is sitting in his 1952 m38al Jeep used in the Korean War.



 
Here is a video of Brock driving Norma and Jackie down the driveway.
 
 
 
Chloe, The Queen
 
  
 
Chloe
"If I am quiet maybe no one will notice me".


Chloe posing very lady-like.  Great profile!
 
 
  
The House
The lake house was warm, cozy, and homey.  The perfect setting for a girls get-together.
























 
It's great to be on vacation!



Acadia National Park, Maine
Can you top these views?

Bar Harbor, Maine.  Photo taken on top of Cadillac Mountain.
Notice the "bar of sand" on the first island.



Bar Harbor, Maine.  Photo taken on top of Cadillac Mountain.
The Fog was rolling in late morning.

 
Thunder Hole.
This rugged, jagged rock is in sharp contract to the Bar Harbor coastline.
In a matter of two minutes, the scene changed from sun to fog as we turned the bend.



After our visit to Acadia National Park, we had lunch at Jordan Pond House.  We sat outside at a picnic table and the weather was spot on perfect.  What could be better?  Lobster stew and two homemade popovers with butter and preserves.  And, the gift store was the icing on the cake!










Our view from the picnic table where we had our outdoor lunch.
Jordan Pond, Maine


Northeast Harbor, Maine
If you are searching for a little quaint, non-tourist town, Northeast Harbor, Maine will not disappoint.  Thanks Barbara for suggesting we make a stop.  My only regret?  I did not get a photo of all of us skwooshed into a small shop (the size of a kitchen) where the two sales ladies (very nice) were helping four of us try on shoes - with one chair.  I guess you just had to be there.  Shoes EVERYWHERE!






Northeast Harbor, Maine
Shops on the main street

 
After shopping both sides of the street in Northeast Harbor, we walked back to the motor home were Brock was waiting for us.  To our complete surprise, we walked into the coach where wine and appetizers were waiting for us.  And beautifully displayed too!  Could it be better?  And yes, we gushed.



The Moose Cruise
We arrived at The Birches, a Maine outdoor cabin-old fashioned lodge-tavern kind of place.  Our trip would not have been complete without this experience. 





The Birches at Moosehead Lake, Maine, reception area


The Birches Dining Room, Moosehead Lake, Maine



The Dining Room, The Birches, Moosehead Lake, Maine



Barbara was right.  She said Prime Rib would be "Tonight's Special".  We confirmed our dinner reservation and off we went to get on the boat.



The Girls Watching for Moose
 
On the lookout for Moose!
Watching...Watching...Watching...

Cruising around little islands, we kept our eyes peeled toward the shore hoping to spot moose.

On the lookout for Moose!
Watching...Watching...Watching...


Here we are cruising way back in the shallow stream areas, perfect habitats for moose.
 
Did we see a moose?
You betcha!!!!!!!!!!!


Our moose.


 
The Birches
Lakeside cabins - even a Honeymoon suite!




 
 





Our Last Day
A Visit to Kennebunkport:  Shopping, lunch and then a mad dash to the airport.

Our last day we did some final sightseeing and shopping at Kennebunkport, Maine



Church in Kennebunkport, Maine



We enjoyed our lunch at The Hurricane Restaurant in Kennebunkport, Maine.




The Girls standing in front of the George Bush home, Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, Maine.
It was a great trip.
(We are missing Sharon who had to cancel at the last minute because her dog Clancy was very sick.  We missed ya Sharon!)





Happy Trails to You!