A Walk Along
Five Mile River

An overcast October afternoon is a fine time to take a walk along the river in front of the house.

Looking north towards the remains of the dam from the top of the mill race. 26


The Five Mile River just south of the dam

The river south of the dam looking at some boulders that were probably part of the dam, and moved downstream like pebbles when the dam broke. 28


This is the site of the dam that created the mill pond for the curtain mill. Notice the flat water behind the remains of the foundation.

The remains of the dam on the east bank of the river. 30


A wild mushroom growing in the leaves on the small flood plain on the western side of the river. The woods are full of these here. I should learn which ones, if any, are edible.

Some Princess Pine growing in the leaves in mushroom territory. This makes great Christmas decorations for table center pieces and such but I'm inclined to just let it grow instead. 32


The small flood plain just east of the house. This area, between the mill race and the river, is built up from silt deposited here by the river over the years.

The maple trees are showing peak color this week. These along the river are draped with huge vines, some of them large enough to swing on. 34


The maples changed early this year. everything else stayed green much longer.

The base of the mill race, reinforced with a rock wall where the river makes a sharp bend around the mill. 36


The river bends to the east here as it passes the northern end of the mill. The temperature is dropping rapidly as the sun gets lower and the little valley is getting misty.

Looking north back towards the house from the river below the mill. 38


Fungus amoung us. Tree ears on a fallen tree along the river bank.

This is what fall in New England is all about. This is the river, looking north, just in fron of the house. 40


The river bends sharply to the east as it dissapears around the mill.

The water gets turbulent as the river bed drops quickly passing the mill. This drop is why the mill was located here. The amount of power developed by the water as it falls depends on the flow rate and the distance it drops, also known as the head. 42


Looking north over the litle valley from the mill race near the inlet into the mill.

One of the largest "Puff-balls" I've ever seen. This baby would probably go off like a smoke grenade. 44

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