New Caelifera

New Caelifera

modern methow cabin

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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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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When Will Highway 20 Open in 2014?

Every year the opening of Highway 20 through the North Cascades National Park heralds a phase transition in the population density of the Methow Valley. From our home in Seattle to Winthrop this is the difference between 247 miles and 202 miles. For beautiful pictures of this years plowing of the road, see the WSDOT’s flickr page. Since the opening of the pass brings business, and busyness, locales like to try to predict the date it will open. So when will it open this year?

Here is a plot of the day of the year the road opened, and snow depth at the Swamp Creek snotel station on 3/1 of that year:
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I’ve also calculated a least squares fit and plotted value of this fit for the given snow depth. Using this fit, and the fact that on 3/1 of this year there was 73 inches of snow, I can therefore predict, with absolute certainty (ha!) that Highway 20 will open on day 132 of this year, or May 12. A very late opening.