New Driveway for Turtle Hill
Water ripped down the already-saturated mountain (thankfully bypassing my cabin) & tore up & washed away the gravel on the road leaving only bedrock and tree roots behind. But others were not as lucky, and I raised funds for and distributed donations to those who lost everything until our life-line of a truck started to rattle. Then I realized it was time to take care of things at home.
It's true not all heroes wear capes. Mine wore jeans and ball caps and came in a skid steer, roller, bulldozer and dump truck. They used their days off from the BIG jobs in REAL flood zones to help me. The beautiful new driveway is made with a special mixture of fine gravel and cement and is now able to withstand many more years of traffic and weather. It's better than gravel alone, and less expensive (and offers more friction when wet or icy) than pavement or concrete, but it came to the tune of $10,000.
We were holding our own with all we've put into the new guest house, where we host volunteer student groups, (all appliances, new gutters on every building, new roof on schoolhouse, new well water pump, and no interest loan payments), but a driveway for Turtle Hill was obviously not in the budget and, at 46, I've had to take out my first bank loan with interest.. So very grateful for the $1,500 flood relief donation from St. Joe's in Marblehead, we've been able to start making payments, but could use more help.