I built a fire in the woodstove and settled in for the evening. By the time I was ready for bed, there was an inch or so of snow on the ground. I was shocked. But it was beautiful. I slept in till full daylight (about 8 o'clock). After a slow start on the morning, I took some pictures of the late snowfall. Very pretty.
I changed the batteries in the security camera and then I got down to business on the water tank. I had put close to 30 gallons in my portable tank and taken it out to Wilderstead. It must have weighed over 250 pounds. This is at least twice more than I had it in last fall when I put it in place. I lashed a tripod over the blocks it rests on, tied a cradle around the tank, and attached my block and tackle. I'd like to say the job was easy, but it wasn't. At one point, I found myself flat on my back, with the tank having rolled over me and the tripod lying on top of me. Still, I got 'er done. Every task is a learning experience, and I'll know better on a couple of scores next time.
I cleaned up the cabin, put the memory card back in the camera and turned it on, and headed for home. Most of the snow was gone by 11:30. It felt great to be back out in the woods, even if just for a night and a morning.
|The main path|
|Snow on the ground . . . but the springs are running and every rivulet is flowing swiftly|
|Bathing pool View down the Pishon from the hither bank|
|Cabin in the snow|