Construction Journal Entry Week of 8/14/22

8/16-19/22 I went up to Camp Serendipity for four days: Tuesday through Friday.

I had an appointment with Doctor B on Tuesday morning, so I didn't arrive until 1:30. I was happy that there was almost no smoke and almost no mosquitoes. I brought my gear up in one trip, hoisted the flag, and then had my lunch and a nap. It was a hot 76 degrees in the cabin and 85 degrees outside.

After my nap I practiced the piano. There was a smoke plume by Mt. David, but the valley was clear until the evening. Then it got smoky.

On Wednesday morning it was smoky when I got up. Nason Ridge and Mt. David were almost completely obscured. The smoke was high up so the air in the cabin was not too bad.

I was happy that my heart measurements we're good. Blood pressure and pulse were in the normal range. Ellen called to update me on the fire status, and I shared the good heart numbers with her. After we hung up, I practiced the piano and then listened to the radio.

While I was looking out the window, I just happened to see two tiny bear cubs cross the road and come onto our property. I unsuccessfully tried to get my camera ready while I watched them walk up to my truck and continue into the woods by the Creek. They were very young tiny cubs, and I didn't see their mother. I wondered why they were alone. By 11:00 o'clock Nason Ridge and Mt. David started to clear up.

After lunch and a nap, there was a knock on the door and a workman named Hunter offered to cut brush around the cabin. I eagerly accepted. He had a crew of eight or ten people cutting brush all the way around the cabin until 4:30. I practiced the piano and then the crew came back at about 5:40. They set up a system of four sprinklers and hoses to feed them to spray all four walls of the cabin.

Ellen called with new fire status and informed me of a public meeting at the Plain Church at 7:00 o'clock on Thursday. The fire seemed to stall on the ridge and not make much progress toward the cabin.

On Thursday morning Ellen called and told me she will watch the public meeting on the Internet. I called Byron to see if they were going to the meeting and learned that he was very sick with COVID. I also called Robert and he told me that he had a date certain when he had to move out of his place in Merry Canyon and move to Cashmere. He told me he wouldn't be attending the meeting.

The work crew set up a collapsible tank in the parking area and within a couple of minutes a water tanker truck pulled up and filled the tank and left again. It was amazing. They told me they were going to do a test of the sprinkler system, so I hurried to the porch to remove a bench grinder and all other electrical equipment and bring it in the cabin. I wrapped a garbage bag around the winch motor to keep it from getting sprayed and I no sooner got the porch prepared than they fired up the pump and tested the sprinklers. All four walls of the cabin were getting doused by the sprayers.

After my nap, I saw more workers clearing brush. I called Earl and updated him and then I showered and ate early. I left early for the meeting in Plain and used the extra time to text a detailed message to Dave and Bill. The meeting was interesting and informative.

On Friday Dave called first thing in the morning and we had a long conversation. Then Robert called and after that, I practiced the piano. While I was getting ready to go home, I saw that another crew was at work with a chipper on the road. They were dragging brush they had cut from my property and feeding it into the chipper and blowing the chips across the road. I left for home at 1:00 o'clock after quite an unusual week.

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