Party at the House

 

Arrived this morning to find Roofers, Painters, and Carpenters all working away. Very nice to see.

Soon the outside will be buttoned up, and the party will move inside for the rainy season.

 

 

 

 

Trees I Planted

Weeping Willow

 

 

These are trees I planted around the house 25, 20, and 10 years ago, the first when the girls were starting elementary school. Some, like the willow, were rooted from branches. Some were transplanted from the woods as saplings. None were more than an inch around or six feet tall.

Now the tallest one is over thirty feet high.

Most will outlive me.

 

I think we’ll plant a Sycamore where the Silver Maple used to be. I’m still thinking long term, apparently.

 

Eastern Hemlock

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Beech

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Beech

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Oak

 

 

 

 

On Top of the World

Carpenter Mountain Lookout Tower

 

While we’ve been sweltering here in Virginia, daughter Emily sends this, her view this evening.

She works for the Forest Service between Bend and Eugene, Oregon. On her days off, she now has a part time gig as relief staff for the Carpenter Mountain Fire Lookout Tower.

The view is amazing. Click on the link to see it full screen.


Carpenter Mountain (5349’/1630m) summit [1]

 

To get the full effect, here’s a Youtube link to some drone footage that really gives a sense of place and scale.

The full time ranger is up there 10 days on and 4 days off, April through October. It takes a crew of rangers to backpack enough water to last him 6 weeks.

I’m so jealous.