Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
Henry David Thoreau - Journal
An email arrived early Friday Morning! "The stone veneer is complete." It was from Mick Literrio, of Litterio Landscape. KUDOS, Mick. And, I might add ... he did the last 75% of the job with a broken hip! Great Job.
It was another milestone reached on a project that was originally scheduled to have been completed months ago. I had to make a visit this morning and see the results.
And so it was that I reached the summit just after sunup. The head of the cocoon was gone, but the midsection and the tail were still in place. The plastic was still secure although the winds were fierce and the noise was like the proverbial freight train, out of sight, yet coming hard 'round the bend. My frame is not large, but still, I moved carefully and with purpose over the icy rocks. Gusts were reported to be upwards to 40 mph.
The chairlift on the main run to the top of the mountain for the skiers, was not yet running this morning, very unusual, yet likely because of the high winds.
|High Winds ... Nothing Moving.|
I made my way around the site, fighting wind and the ice.
|Cold, Frozen Solid|
And to my surprise .... Two panels of the site chain link fence between the old tower and the new tower were laying on the ground. Obviously, the wind and the ice. Not enough support. Oh My ....
I tried to lift them and stand them up, but the natural weight and the added weight of the ice made it all but impossible. My back is too valuable. Besides, it would only blow down again with nothing to tie it down.
And so, I moved on ... or rather in. How fortuitous! Let me get a close-up.
|Western wall and South Wall|
|West Wall Cocoon|
Indeed, that black tarp is the doorway providing access to the interior of the cocoon.
|Inside ... The Belly of the Beast. - West Wall|
|The Magic Lamp|
|Under the Ramp - North Wall|
|North Wall - Ramp and Facade|
|"Interior" Stone Veneer - Detail|
|South Wall Portal|
|Base Ramp - East Facade|
|NE Corner and Ramp|
|South Wall and Eastern Ramp|
|Wintry View To Worcester|
Now, didn't I tell you that Spring was here? And so it is. Here we encounter Thoreau's "grand sugar maple wood" at the junction of Gregory Road and Mountain"In due time, we began to ascend the mountain, passing, first, through a grand sugar maple wood, which bore the marks of the auger, then a denser forest, which gradually became dwarfed, till there were no trees whatever." (A Walk to Wachusett - 1843)
|Thoreau's Maple Grove - Base of the Mountain|
A nice trip this morning, filled with surprises. See you next week.