I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.
Thoreau - Life Without Principle - 1863
It has been a good week both on and off the mountain. Construction of the walls at the base of the structure appears to be the primary focus at this point. Once complete, it would appear as if pouring would commence. As you can see in the pictures, there is a tremendous amount of rebar that is going into the structure. And, considering the extreme elements that can be found on the summit, that would only seem reasonable.
|East side ramp footings and wall|
|North side... ramp pilings / supports.|
|Rebar in place|
|Ramp footings from the south|
|Western Wall braced for wind support.|
One aspect of the project that will probably not occur this year, according to the rangers with whom I spoke last week, is the upgrade of Parker House. With that work, it would be open to the public, perhaps rest rooms and some history of the mountain. Today, it houses hardware related to the communications antennas. So, before it is restored, here is the current view.
|Parker Lodge facing Summit Pond|
And lest we forget the parking lot. It appears as if little or no work was completed this week.
|Parking Lot at rest.|