The change from foul weather to fair, from dark, sluggish hours to serene, elastic ones, is a memorable crisis which all things proclaim.
Henry David Thoreau - 3/26/1846 - Journal*
* forms the basis of the chapter entitled Spring in Walden
Before I review the week's progress on the mountain, I must mention an organization which is very interested in the happenings on Wachusett. In fact, the organization is very interested in what happens on any mountain in the world (and especially in America) which lays claim to a Lookout Tower. That organization is the Forest Fire Lookout Association and is involved in research of former forest fire lookout sites, ground cabins and early forest fire detection methods. Visit them at Forest Fire Lookout Association. I am honored that they chose to use some of my photographs in their quarterly publication Lookout Network. Visit their site and take a look at some of the other towers that stand throughout the United States; perhaps you can visit one someday soon.
And now it is time to visit our closest and to me, our dearest Lookout Tower site.
A chilly and dark afternoon it was and with tomorrow being quite busy at home, I thought it a good time to dress for the outdoors and head to the mountain. And as you can see from the picture below, it turned out to be warmer than expected with the sun breaking through the clouds by mid-afternoon.
|Afternoon Sunshine Lights up the Southern Face of Our Two Cabs|
Four things are clearly not yet in place:
- Hand railings which will be affixed to the anchors on either side of the ramp.
- The walkways on the ramps for the north, the west and the south. I am not sure if they will be of wood or of metal. Since they are not yet in place, I suspect that they will be of metal. [probably another reason for the project delays.]
- The retractable vertical ladder the goes from the observation deck to the first level stairway to the cab.
- The electronic equipment has to be moved from the old tower to the new one.
|Eastern Wall and Ramp|
|NE Corner and Old Glory|
|Plywood Ramp at the NW corner.|
|C-Clamp Securing a Wooden Railing Joing|
|View Down the Northern Wall|
|Western Ramp From the Ground|
|View to The East off the Southern Side|
|Sun Creeps Behind the Towers|
|Late Afternoon on the Summit|
|Looking Towards Worcester|
So at last, the end of this project is in sight. The air was quiet, the site was pretty much empty, and I could imagine what it will be like in a few months when a "new" normalcy reigns over Wachusett. Right now, it leaves an empty void in the activity I have witnessed for the past 11 months. It's a different feeling, but one that we will all adjust to and find quite comforting over time.
Til Next Week. We're not quite finished yet.