You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake; you must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand heap.
Thoreau - January 25, 1858
Thunder and lightning today folks. Arriving at the summit just in time to take a few quick shots before the rains came! But, extracting "nutriment out of a sand heap," we did it well and it was a great trip. So what if you get in the way of the raindrops and come back soaking wet?
|Approach to the site -no rain yet.|
|View to the East and Boston Skyline|
But that was soon to disappear....
|Foundation Walls Continue|
|Inside the base walls|
I still wonder about the construction of the "tower." A friend suggested that the tower proper might well be under construction at another site and it will be either brought to the summit in sections, and a crane will lift it into place, piece by piece, or perhaps it will be airlifted into place by helicopter. Now that would be quite a feat given the other structures already present and the winds. No, that might be too much to expect. But the former idea might well be feasible. I certainly see no evidence of large structural beams about the site - beams that would enter into the framework of the tower. Nor is there evidence of and "cabin like cap" from which the forest rangers would work. There must be more coming.
|Inside and ... outside the walls.|
|Storm Clouds from the SW|
|Totally clouded in to the west.|
This was what was coming in on the weather front to replace the somewhat clear skies to the east ... see above picture.
|The Stone Wall Continues to go up!!!|
But it was time for me to be moving on as the rain had arrived. A dash down to the parking lots....
|Middle of the parking lot ... lower level on the left, upper level on the right.|
The spots on the pictures here are rain drops, and it doesn't tell the full story. It was a downpour and by this point, I was soaking wet! But you can see the parking lot appears now to be in two levels. One entrance will have half on the upper section and then one could drive down to the lower section. It won't be a big drop, but it appears to be multilevel at this time.
|Lower level of the parking lot - from Mt. House Trail ... looking West.|
It's not all about construction today. On the way down, toads, spiders, and birds were about. And, in the yard of a house just off the mountain, a large family of turkeys out for an early morning stroll. [these show only a couple chicks of about a dozen or so.]
See you next week!