but then i came back into the parking lot and it was full up and there were all these people milling about like they were waiting for something. maybe a boat?
so i marched right on over to where they were waiting and asked them what they were waiting for.
it turned out that they were waiting for the tour boat over to beaver river (which i am informed properly is beaver river station) and i wanted to know what the deal was with that and nobody could give me any information other than it's fifteen dollars and it leaves in fifteen minutes.
looked it up.
and okay, that sounds awesome and it turns out it's the last day they're running the tour this season so i don't have time to think about taking a later boat.
so i stand around with the rest of the folks and wait for the boat.
when it comes, we all troop onto it and take seats. it is a very lovely ride and i don't know what all else i might have been doing this afternoon, but it wasn't this cool.
so when the boat dropped us at the causeway to take the shuttles into "town" (the year round population of beaver river station is nine), i just got off with my new friend at her stop.
potable water is still trucked in by sled or handcart, and it is heated in milk cans next to the woodstove.
but there are solar panels! and storage batteries!
and on the afternoon i am there the program of entertainment involves digging holes to drive posts and build a platform for another solar panel.
and then it's time for me to catch my bus back to the boat; we stand out on the causeway and flag it down as it passes. it's a pretty ride back to the parking lot and i go all the way into croghan to get me some dinner before settling down for the night.
later on i get an email from the woman i had been digging holes with, and she sends along a photo of the completed project.