Construction Journal Entry Week of 9/12/21

9/13-17/21 I went up to Camp Serendipity for five days: Monday through Friday.

I arrived at 11:11 and carried my gear up in two trips. After hoisting the flag, I had my usual lunch and nap. When I got up, I practiced the piano and then went outside to check the trees.

I checked Runty and all of the Sequoia trees except Larry. I brought 5 gallons of water to Andrew, and then I hauled two wheelbarrow loads of maple firewood from up by John. I hadn't finished hauling that wood out of there and I had almost forgotten about it. I also found my firewood picker upper which I had left at that site and had forgotten where it was. I was happy to have found it. I stacked the wood down at the cabin.

On Tuesday morning it was 36 degrees outside. It was chilly in the cabin, so I built a fire in the stove. After practicing the piano, I filed a bunch of updated electrical diagrams in the "Electrical" book.

Outside, I took the wheelbarrow to the end of the bluff and hauled the last load of firewood rounds from there. Then I spent some time trying to split one of the huge butt rounds from up by the privy and got about half of it split. It was not easy. I decided I will use a chainsaw to continue the work as soon as the fire restrictions are relaxed.

After lunch and a nap, I went back up to the bluff and started the irrigation hoses up there. I was dismayed to discover that many of the cedar transplants we're turning brown or yellow as a result of this summer's heat. I should have irrigated them earlier.

Next, I did some surveying and established an 1840 benchmark up by Paul.

On Wednesday after practicing the piano, I went outside and checked to make sure the irrigation was working on the bluff. It was working just fine. Then I did some more surveying and established 1825 and 1820 benchmarks down to the concrete stairs.

After lunch and a nap, I decided where to build a burn pile and I started cutting brush by the back stoop.

On Thursday morning it was 30 degrees outside. I started another fire, practiced the piano, and then went outside and cut brush. After having my lunch, Earl called and invited me over to see the progress on his flight simulator. I drove over to his place and spent an hour with him and was impressed by the progress he has made.

When I got back, I had my nap and then went outside and continued cutting and hauling brush. I took a picture before and after the work.

On Friday, after practicing the piano, and doing some exercises, I went outside and did some surveying in a light rain. I made one measurement and then went up to the loft and plotted the 1830 benchmark by the mixer on my map. The rain gradually increased, and it was raining cats and dogs by the time I left for home at 12:20.

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