Ground is Broken!
Gary made a quick trip to Bozeman May 21 through 24 to ferry
more wine and to check out the initial excavations for the
Most of the wine is now safely stored in an
air conditioned closet in the Carriage House. Arthur and I
will take the remainder when we head off to our new home
in mid-June. Our Mountain View home has been sold, so Pauline
will move into an apartment to serve out the remaining term
of her employment, then join us in late October.
This is a telephoto shot of the Main House site taken
from about one mile away up Kelly Canyon Road, from
the same spot many earlier shots have been taken.
Clearly, a lot of rock and dirt has been moved around.
At the left of the site are a couple of pieces of
heavy equipment and on the right is a port-a-potty.
The day had started off with clouds, fog and rain, but
it cleared up enough in the afternoon to get this shot.
This is a close-up taken from about the same direction
as the above picture. The pieces of heavy equipment at
top are parked at the end of the "guest" driveway.
Contractor Kevin is posing in what will be the garage.
For those who haven't paid close attention: the garage
will be underground and will be accessed by a small
"private" driveway that forks off the main drive
shortly before getting to the house.
The excavation has revealed some of the rock strata
underlying much of the Bridger Mountains.
This picture was taken while fog was still shrouding
the lower mountain.
The following day (Sunday) was effectively the one year
the day I car camped in the van at the Carriage House site,
spending a chilly night followed by an exciting ride down the
(not yet finished) driveway in the snow and mud.
This time it snowed again. However, I was comfy in the Carriage
House and the driveway was no problem at all.
This picture of the Carriage House is taken from the "private" drive; previous
similar photos have been taken from the "guest" drive.
The snow continued through the day, but it melted
quickly when it stopped in the late afternoon.
A couple of deer came out to graze on the
grass and bushes just outside the Carriage House.
This picture was taken through
the Dining Room window of the Carriage House,
looking west up the gully.
When I got up Monday morning, I found that it had
snowed again, and a herd of about 20 elk were grazing
where the deer had been the afternoon before.
Actually, there were likely more than 20, as I could
make out a number up in the trees and suspect there
were more I could not see.
The snow and rain has been welcomed by the local farmers,
since the area has had below average precipitation for the
past 6 years. Unfortunately, the wet weather makes it too
dangerous to proceed with excavation at the Main House site,
so the date for putting in a foundation is being delayed.