Perfect sincerity and transparency make a great part of beauty, as in dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds.
Henry David Thoreau - Journal (6/20/1848)
Another beautiful "spring-like" winter day! No snow and none in sight! Unbelievable. We have had years past with little snow and not much in the way of winter-like conditions, but it's always something to talk about when it happens again.
|Sunrise - 6:59 am|
Indeed, progress found on the summit this morning was quite surprising. Even from a distance, In the early predawn light, I could see the small silver anchors for the inside railing as they gave a glimmer from afar. And work has now begun on the outside railing beginning at the foot of the ramp on the east side of the tower.
|East Side Railing and Anchors|
|Detail - East Side Railing|
This picture is dark, but looking "through" the guardrail fencing, you can see where the inside railing supports have been attached. First they secured the lag bolts at the cement openings of the stone facade, and then, on this eastern side, they have secured the railing support to the lag bolts. (If I have explained that correctly.) As I moved about the tower base to the northern side, the railing supports have not yet been added, and to the western side, they have not yet secured the lag bolts. You might look at this picture and wonder about the "red lights" on the railing? No ... not lights, just reflection from the rising sun that looks directly on to the mountain as it climbs over the horizon.
Here's a better angle and in lighter conditions. The black extensions for the guardrail have been attached to the lag bolts.
|SE Corner And Ramp Construction|
So now a trip around the site to be sure there is nothing else new for the week.
|The Ol' NE Corner|
|America The Beautiful|
|Handrail Plates - North Wall|
|Handrail Plates - Detail on North Wall|
Now, on the south side, the top of the railing is not yet complete.
|Eastern Face - Top railing|
|Ramp on Eastern Wall - Ground Level|
|Site Lot ... Picnic Table and Rocks|
|Ramp - Eastern Wall|
Oh yes, they are skiing on the North and Western slopes - man-made that is!
|Summit of High Speed Quad Lift|
|Look Back at the Site Before Leaving|
|View Towards Worcester|
Super Bowl tomorrow ... Patriots vs. Giants ... Go Pats!