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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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4:22p
Give a man enough rope, I always say
Took a little overnight trip to Wilderstead last night. Along the way, I stopped at a clinic in Columbus and got my Yellow Fever booster. There's a nationwide shortage of YF vaccine, but this clinic had plenty on hand.

I only had some small chores to get done in the holler. I'd've wished to accomplish more, but didn't have the time. Basically, I was out there to give myself a little holiday after the Easter push. One thing I did get done was to deliver the summer's supply of potable water.

In the morning yesterday, I rinsed out my roly-poly tank with a little bleach water and made a new rope cradle for it. Then I filled it up while in the back of my truck. Belayed it to the sides so it wouldn't crash around while I was driving, and then it was off for the woods immediately after Bible Study.

After I got out to my cabin, I rested up and made some supper. The light was lingering (bless it!), and I was feeling frisky, so I decided to emplace the tank on its supports. This is not a simple task for one man to do, but I'm a crafty sort. First, I backed up my truck to the concrete blocks on which the tank would rest. Then I lashed a tripod out of spars I keep handy for backwoods engineering problems. Using a block and tackle, I eased the tank (all 30 gallons = 240 pounds of it) out of the back of the truck until it hung over the block. Then I made sure everything was straight and rocked the tank over the block and eased 'er down. Nothing simpler.

You can see the process in these photos.

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Last night was lovely. The stars were gorgeous. I went to bed early and slept in late. It was just warm enough that I didn't feel the need to light a fire last night. A little bit of space heater this morning was just right.

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