Monday, May 31, 2010


We were all set to finish the roof today, but the weather had different ideas. Strong thunderstorms built up in late afternoon and we were forced to cover up the roof the best we could and head for cover. Thank goodness for weather radar accessible online which gave us enough warning to tape down the last membrane so water doesn't get behind it. We won't know until later this week if we were successful.

Friday, May 28, 2010


We're spending the holiday weekend on the roof. We might even finish getting the membranes down. Wouldn't that be nice. Here is a photo of the house showing the flat portions of the roof that we are replacing. That's a lot of roof.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Stuck in New Jersey

Not sure when we will be heading north for the season. W and S were supposed to be fixing her roof this month. On their first day of work 2 weeks ago, W fell off the ladder and hurt his back. So I have been spending time on the roof instead. Not sure when the project will be finished. S is now sick so the work is further delayed. Sigh.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New Jersey Paddle

We had a nice paddle on the river this morning. We saw the following birds:
Oyster Catcher
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Laughing Gull
Greater Black-backed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Red-winged Blackbird
Canada Goose
Common Tern
Least Tern

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Just got back from a visit to West Virginia and Jane's 90th birthday party. It was great to see all the relatives. And we had a couple great hikes too. We had a morning to kill so we went to Coopers Rock State Forest, west of Bruceton Mills. Many of the structures and paths were done by the CCC in the 1930's. The picnic shelters date from then and are made of chestnut wood. We walked to the overlook and saw great views of the Cheat River. Then we hiked the Rattlesnake and Rock City trails amid fantastic rock formations. We then crossed Route 68 to the northern section of the forest and walked a trail to a grove of large hemlock trees. That trail wasn't as neat, but we saw lots of painted trilliums, which was great because we probably won't be at camp in time to see them this year.