The Winter of 2009

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August 4th 2009
Published: August 5th 2009EDIT THIS ENTRY

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 Video Playlist:

1: Sledding down Black Mountain 30 secs
2: Sledding down Black Mountain 30 secs
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The Lovely Lisa enjoy a Cap'n Eli's Rootbeer on a Frosty Winter Day!

Ice Skating and Snow Shoeing

One of the great perks about living on a lake is that in the winter you can take out the ol' shovel and start shoveling away. So this winter, Jake and Nicole Bouchard and Mike Fabio came over to join Lisa and I in some ice skating and winter fun. After skating for awhile we did quite a number on carving up the ice and Mike made a home-made hand pushed Zamboni. Didn't work to bad at all. It involved a metal snow shovel, a heating coil from a water heater, a plastic reservoir and a pump in a five gallon cooler on wheels (and a small generator to work the pump). Sweet toy and actually helped glaze the ice really really well! Across from the lake is a large stretch of land owned by the only remaining Shaker community in the United States which is a great place to tromp around in a pair of snow shoes. The one thing I wish I had documented better was the Shaker community while I was in New Gloucester, alas I will just have to go back and visit and document it then.

Winter Hiking and

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I look like I'm gonna fall over and Fabio looks like an olympic champion.

One afternoon, some friends of mine from University of Maine at Farmington came out to hike up Black Mountain out in Western Maine. Not a bad time, the snow was deep and warm and it wasn't too hard to tromp up to the top of the mountain through some old logging roads and hiking trail. At the top, we took out some nice plastic alpine sleds and took turns sliding down the trail and through old logging roads, quite a good time!

Additional photos below
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Black MountainBlack Mountain
Black Mountain

Black due to all the dang spruce trees!
The ZambiniThe Zambini
The Zambini

Reservoir, pump, and metal manifold (rod in the back for dragging a cloth).
Who Ordered a PizzaWho Ordered a Pizza
Who Ordered a Pizza

Shortys Delivery Service
Winter SunsetWinter Sunset
Winter Sunset

Us Zamboni'ing the ice. (Nice reflection of the sunset on the ice by the way).
The ZambiniThe Zambini
The Zambini

Mini Zamboni! Fabs and myself trying out his newly engineered toy!
The ZambiniThe Zambini
The Zambini

Notice the on and off switch.
The ZambiniThe Zambini
The Zambini

Notice the small generator and the five gallon cooler to actually keep the warm water warm!

12th August 2009

There had been a rumor going around Asheville that The Pilgrim was considering a return. That sledding video looks pretty sweet. Almost awesome enough to make me wish for an early return to winter.

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