Wednesday afternoon we were taking care of some final preparations to leave Louisville. Linda happened to go out into the back yard, and she noticed the smell of gas. There was a strong odor, so I called Louisville Gas & Electric.
Potential gas leaks are high priority, so they had folks there within a half hour. The meter was cracked and they replaced it quickly. Glad Linda was looking for something in the shed in the yard - leaving a gas leak could have been really bad.
We flew out around 6:00 after getting a ride to the airport from a neighbor. We arrived in Bangor, Maine around 11:00 p.m. and the temperature was 38 degrees.
After our hour and a half drive to the Schoodic Institute, we found our rig safe and secure although the water in the camping area had been turned off for the year. Fortunately, we had filled our fresh water tank a couple weeks ago.
We entered our fifth wheel and noticed an extraordinarily funky smell. We checked the refrigerator, but it was operating properly and at the right temperature. We turned on the furnace, our fireplace, and our other electric heater to warm things up.
As we prepared to get some sleep, Linda said "Wonder if we have a mouse?" Yikes. Forgot all about the two mousetraps we have set in the kitchen drawers. They had been set weeks ago. Nothing in the first drawer. I opened the second one. Yep, there's the smell. That mouse had been dead awhile and yes, it was quite gross.
After taking care of that, we finally got to bed around 2:00 a.m. I don't think we're going to be ready for the morning bird count session. We have been communicating with Seth, so he was aware we'd be back to start counting birds again Thursday afternoon.
After some good sleep in our own bed and resting up during the day, we headed out to the Point. The birds have been flying and there was a record day while we were gone. This afternoon was busier than most, but with the breeze and temps in the 40s it was cold out there.
And tomorrow, Friday, is supposed to be horrible weather-wise. With east winds up to 30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph and with 100% chance of rain, Seth has told us we don't have to endure that misery.
We'll finish out our stint here and Seth has asked if we can stay an extra day. Absolutely. So we'll hope for good weather the next few days and on our departure November 1. It's good to be home. :)