My late dachshund Elmy guarding the east end of Phantom Lake.

My nearly 2 acre property sits atop a deep gravel glacial deposit that about ten thousand years ago was the floor of a glacial lake.  Directly behind our house there is a 30 foot deep depression that I call Phantom Lake.  On calm summer nights one can walk down into this "lake" and feel the temperature drop 10 to 15 degrees (F) as you descend.  One especially cold night I checked the temperature between the top and bottom and found the top was -10F and at the bottom it was -32F.  Some frost pocket, don't you agree?

About 150 yards west of us the Conewango Creek flows south to join the Allegheny River seven miles away, eventually becoming the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers before finally entering the Gulf of Mexico.  Before the last glacier, the Conewango flowed north into what is now Lake Erie and eventually became the St. Lawrence River before emptying into the North Atlantic Ocean.

mail: dan@phantomlake.net

2000,2001 by Dan Sorensen            Last edited on 4/24/01

My Philosophy of Web Page Design

Even rank novices at the art of web surfing quickly discover that, just like people, web pages come in all shapes and sizes.   Some are plain with few or no graphics and load into their browser very quickly while others are bright, colorful and loaded with many clever animations and beautiful graphics but take much longer to load.  Sometimes they're worth the wait, providing significant useful information,  more often they're not.

My goal in developing this website is to provide useful information balanced with a pleasing appearance and fast loading speed.  I will try to resist the temptation to include large slow graphics. As a rule full size images will load only if you request them by clicking on the smaller image that loads with the page.  There will be no frames.  You will not be plagued with banner ads or embedded advertising.  Any pages requesting information from you will be entirely optional and any information you provide will be kept in strictest confidence and will never be sold, given to or otherwise be made available to anyone else unless you specifically authorize it.

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