Poetry — No definition of poetry is adequate unless it be poetry itself. ... You might as well think to go in pursuit of the rainbow, and embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in thought.
January 26, 1840
Friends — They are like air bubbles on water, hastening to flow together.
January 6, 1840
Henry David Thoreau - Journal
|Crepuscular rays in sprinkler spray at a park in France., photo Georges Noblet|
Surprise, surprise ... the workers are on the summit this morning!! My thought was that progress must be behind schedule ... and I was correct in my thinking. I spoke to one of the workers before they became seriously engaged with the work of the day, and he confirmed my thought. He also said they want to get the cab and the observation deck completed by the end of the month, but even that is a stretch. Bad weather and shorter periods of daylight are slowing progress. This morning we faced a beautiful sunrise and a perfectly clear sky. While windy and quite chilly, especially high up on the tower platform where they are now concentrating their efforts, we might say "cold." The temperature this morning at 7am was in the high 40's.
A few weeks ago, I reported that a park ranger said they wanted to get the road open for Columbus Day. Well ... that time is now and they have met their goal. The road is open today - it may have been open earlier this week. Mission Accomplished.
I also learned that the crane was how the box was placed inside the Base envelope. So, while I thought a helicopter might have been utilized, it appears that it is not the case.
|Cone at Up-Summit Road on approach on Mt. House Trail|
|Crosswalk Cones on Mt. House Trail|
|The Cab Gets a Roof|
|Joists for the Cupola go into Place.|
|Preparing for the Work Day|
|Gassing up the Crane|
|Cage of the crane|
|Preparing for Lift-Off|
|Crane Fully Extended to the Top|
|Cage at the Top Depositing Lumber|
|Detail of Cab Flooring|
|Crane Extended to the "Summit"|
|Lift in Operation|
|The Old NW Corner ... No Change|
|NW Wall with Old Glory|
|North Facing Wall|
|Lumber Yard - Plywood|
And so, the work continues. We will see if they make the end of the month schedule. Come visit next week and see the continued progress.