|A few of the windmills|
|Northeast then north|
|I swear Karen is trying to look up her dress|
The ferry carries cars, but this Saturday, 90% of the traffic was bikes and scooters.
|It arrives. A 5 minute crossing.|
- It was home to the first McDonalds in Europe, which opened in 1971;
- It's home to Albert Heijn, the biggest grocery store in the country;
- It features "fusion" architecture, where traditional dutch style house design is incorporated into modern buildings (we didn't get pictures but saw some some while
lostoff-route in town).
|Looking across the river|
|The "main drag". Calgarians, think Heritage Park|
|Our lunch view, the crowds carefully cropped out.|
|A farm, sorta|
|The quiet sidewalks|
|Windmills between houses|
|Windmills over houses|
|Canals separate pastures|
|Crowds by the windmills|
|Working for that factory in the background|
- Wood (they like larch and oak, pine is OK, but they hate elm because it stinks) arrives from places like Norway and Germany, though historically it came from much farther away.
- It sits in water for a while; for larch, "a while" is 4-6 months, for oak, "a while" is 4 YEARS. The water bath makes the wood easier to cut without warping, kills the bad bugs and fungus in the wood, makes it easier to remove the bark, and cures it.
- When they're ready to cut it, they dry it for a day, strip the bark (powered by the wind) then load it to a pulley (powered by the wind) that gets it to the cutting floor.
- It's loaded into a come-along (powered by the wind), creeps into the stationary blades of the saw (powered by the wind), and is cut.
- After cutting, they have to hold the boards 3-4 months to dry before it can be delivered to the customer.
|The saw doing its thing|
|The log in the come-along|
|Slow and steady win the race|
|The gearing that pulls the come along forward 0.3" per saw stroke|
|The next larch waiting to be cut|
|Larch logs waiting to be cut|
|The wheels go round|
|Mustard, pepper, ginger, cinnamon etc|
|The scooper-thing pushes the stuff under the wheels|
|Along the way|
|Dude, with La-Z-Boy, on electrical box, on phone watching canal traffic|
|The canal traffic he was watching|
- There will be bus hoards;
- Forget about going inside most things;
- The best reason to go is to check out the living history of the windmills;
- There will be crowds;
- Go early to avoid those crowds;
- Ride your bike to get there. It's an easy ride and better than the busses.
- Lean how to say "excuse me" in at least 19 languages.