New Caelifera

New Caelifera

modern methow cabin

Heading Towards the Final Push

Over this last weekend to run the 11 mile and 2000 ft climb Cutthroat Classic. I survived. Meanwhile New Caelifera is itself starting to see the finish line. Notice some new changes?
IMG_20140822_191234810_HDRThe Argentine grill is in:
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And the patios are in:
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admin August 26, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Smoke

A few captures of what it’s been like to visit during these fire laden times. Smoke and construction:
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Smoke creating “God” light:
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Smoke where smoke should not be. This is the “Rising Eagle Fire” just outside Twisp. We watched as a few puffs turned quickly into a huge plume. My Everyday Photos has photos from her home, which was in the middle of that smoke.
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A part of the plume just as things began to really explode
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I think this last one will be imprinted in my head for a long time, and can’t even image the images imprinted on those who lived and lost much closer to the fire.

I promise: positive photos next up!

admin August 16, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Fire

Devastating losses as fire ravaged the Methow this last week. It’s hard to find words to describe this event, the tragedy, the amazing power of the fire, and most importantly the way the community has leaned on each other through such difficult times. On Thursday I snapped this picture from our place, when this portion of the fire was still just the “Cougar Flats” fire and had not merged into the firestorm that became the Carlton Complex.14 - 1

Please consider donating to help both short and long term recovery in the Methow.

Fourth of July Trip

Patio is staked out, pouring was happening this week (slowed by it being absolutely scorching).
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Patio by master bedroom. Outdoor show in concrete wall wiggle.
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Entry porch
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Bed at the end of the library
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Library shelves
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Kitchen in progress
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Bunk room beds in progress
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Pantry with ladder to storage area
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Pantry and powder room door hardware
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More exterior photos
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Country Living

Hazards of the country life. Poison oak:
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I’ve only found a small patch, but still not going to be fun removing it.

Rattlensnake caught by our builder:
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Excavator, whose family homesteaded the land, says not many rattlers around our land, but his grandpa used to dynamite a den of them the next ridge over. Also grandma used to shoot them with a shotgun.

New Caelifera Memorial Day 2014

Memorial day weekend.  Tourists galore!  Local economy++, tranquility–.  Up Gunn Ranch road, however, the universe was about the same as before.  Perhaps even fewer cars than winter cross country ski season.

The outdoor ceiling is finished modulo a bit in the back and some detail work. 

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Drywall in, floors done, but covered, next up cedar siding:

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Planning for circular driveway and landscaping

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A green time of year:

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Choosing a patina for the doors

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It’s not an adventure if you don’t have a stick and a feather

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View from Test Dog creek

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Metal meets wood meets sky

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Garage

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Can’t wait until we can take the plastic off the windows and the patio is installed

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Mt Gardner and locust tree

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admin May 27, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Lewis Butte Circle trail run

Got a chance to run around Lewis Butte this weekend. Ideally one should probably start at the Riser lake parking lot so that most of the climb is at the beginning.

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Looking back towards the valley from Rendezvous
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End of the run view of old cabin
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Trail up to Lewis Butte. Will doc this route soon.
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April Trip

Late April, the arrow leaf basalm root is starting to blanket the hills.  Here Riser lake is joined by Mt Gardner and hundreds of flowers.

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The grill flue has been installed and rusted:

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Cedar siding installed

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Ceiling installed

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Shots from a distance

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Flue awaits the Argentinian grill

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Big rock surrounded by flowers.  I scared a grouse from under the rock who then scared the bejesus out of me.

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Test dog creek flowing

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