Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?
Henry David Thoreau - The Maine Woods, Ktaadn, Pt. 6 (1848)
Today was supposed to be the first day of opening the Summit to the "driving" public! And I suppose it will happen. And the site perimeter fence was also supposed to be down, and it was hoped that the old tower would now be down! Well, I guess 1 for 3 is not a bad average ... at least in baseball!
|Perimeter Fence Still Stands|
I hadn't visited since May 5th as there really wasn't much to see from week to week - remaining work tended to be focused on the transfer of the antennas and making the electrical hook-ups. Today, I found pretty much the same, although I can see that progress is being made.
Unfortunately, once again, the summit is bathed in a thick early morning blanket of fog. But, I could see enough to make a determination as to some of the progress.
The first thing I noticed was that the silver crow's nest was gone ... and now rests high above us on top of the tower cab. Through the fog, I could barely see it, but it's there. And I noticed antennas set on the roof of the cab as well.
Also in evidence, as I walked about the site, is the fact that some landscaping has been ongoing now that spring is here. The old summit parking lot appears to be covered with a layer of dirt and the NW slope from the tower to the Radio Relay Shack has been smoothed with a new layer of dirt and seeded.
|West Side Landscape - new grass|
|West Side Landscaping Newly Seeded|
And the steel beam is no longer in front of the ramp ... it now rests against the perimeter fence!
As I walked the perimeter, I noticed the South side door to the bunker was banging open and closed as the wind blew ... I guess they didn't lock it when they left work yesterday.
|Open Door - South Wall|
I also noticed a gap in the fence - back when the fence came down in the winter, they really never closed it off with a tight wire seal. It has, over the past weeks, loosened itself. Now, I found it just big enough for me to squeeze through. And I did.
While inside the fence, with the purpose of closing the door to the bunker, I thought I would peek inside and see what has changed since my last visit.
|Dual Air Conditioners - West Side|
|Overhead Wiring - Open Grating|
|Same as Above - with Flash|
|Looking UP to the Tower From Inside Bunker|
|Bunker on Left; SE Support Beam|
On 12/23/11, the space was empty except for the bunker which was also empty. Now it appears as if the air conditioning units are installed. I heard no sound, but they still may be connected. Otherwise, it looked as before.
I left and pushed some stones against the outside of the door.
And of course, the usual were viewed - no changes of course. Just to show that the old tower still stands, we took a shot of that through the fog as well.
|New and Old Towers|
|Rocks to the Power Generator - West Side|
|SE Corner with Power Lift|
The lift was probably used to raise and place the crow's nest on the roof of the cab.
So now what are we looking at? I predict a July 4th final completion, occupancy of the new tower, and dismantling and removal of the old tower. These things just don't happen over-night.
And so I departed this morning, hoping to return soon to a sunny day with better viewing.