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Not Much Time Up Here This Summer
I was granted an NEH Summer Stipend for 2017 and also a sabbatical to spend as a fellow at the Center for Human Values at Princeton for the academic year, so I had less time for the cabin than usual that year and no real time to put a presentable page together until two years later. And we could argue about whether this is really presentable.
Quick Trip In Early May.
In early May I did get up to check out conditions at the cabin. Highway 70 was still closed. Once I got to the gate I carried my skis up for a mile or so before I put them on since there was little snow at first. Unfortunately, this led me to forget my ski poles and I had to find downed branches to use instead. The snow was relatively hard so this worked OK despite being suboptimal. There was still snow piled up on the cabin when I got there, though much of the roof was clear. The side forces seemed to cause the cabin to cant just a bit - enough to make the door rub somewhat when opening and closing it. I did a bit of planing on the door and hoped that it would all return to its normal geometry when the weight of the snow was gone.
A Delay To See TP.
Back in 2014 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had been scheduled to play Lincoln's new Arena, but then pulled out to play Red Rocks. I was dissappointed until I got a call from their fan club offering me two tickets to one of the Red Rocks shows. So when they announced they were going to tour again in 2017 I bought tickets for shows in Red Rocks and KCMO half a year ahead of time and wound up playing lots of TP&THB in the time leading up to the shows. Then around Memorial Day Jenny and I twice took side trips to go to those shows. We'd originally meant to combine the first trip with a trip to the cabin, but there was just too much snow still and too little time. I'm glad we took the time anyway, especially now that I'll never have a chance to do that again.
Highway 70 Opens to Allow Mid-June Trip
So I tried to get back up in mid-June when the road was open and I managed to get down to the cabin with the new used Suburu. I had to break through a bit of snow but I succeeded. The geometry of the cabin had returned to normal and the door closed just fine. Given the clearances I don't think there was actually all that much movement - 1/8 inch in 6 feet would have been enough to make the door tight. And with the snow no longer piled against the side of the cabin it all went back to where it was supposed to be.
There was enough snow still on the ground that I felt OK about burning some limbs on the ground rather than in the burn barrel. There was enough snow to easily contain the fire and put it out when finished.
There were some interesting mushrooms around, but none that were especially edible. Too early for the occasional morels but I won't be up in time to catch them later. So we'll have to make do with pictures of mushrooms I would not try to eat.
Later on in early August there were some porcini to eat and also some fishing to be done at Silver Lake.
Robert Comes Out To Fish and I Repair the Tower Anchor
And the only image I seem to have is of the repair to the tower anchor. It seems the winter snows pulled the anchor concrete loose. So I dug down further and made it bigger. All while waiting for news on Robert's VW CamperVan repair in Laramie. It turned out there was little chance the VW would get back to the cabin this year so I hastily packed up my stuff and his instruments and took them to him. Not sure why I don't have any fishing photos but my blue Nikon Waterproof camera went missing last year and they may have been on it.
Interlude to drive my stuff to Princeton
To Cabin to Yellowstone to Cabin to Nebraska to the Airport
So after sticking getting back from Princeton in time to work on a Trout Unlimited Application to the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Jenny and I took off on a short trip to Yellowstone Park by way of the cabin. On the first leg which gave us two nights at the cabin we did find chantrelles to eat. Then we drove up to the Park and stayed at the Roosevelt Cabins on the last night they were open for the Season and also at the Old Faithfull Inn. I had a chance to fish Soda Butte Creek in the Lamar Valley and get skunked for the first time ever there, and also the Firehole and the Madison where I did catch a few fish. Forest fires were turning the sky very dark and this may have put some of the bugs off hatching - I don't know. I did get to see the otter at the top of the page on the Firehole, and one should never complain about a visit to Yellowstone. The last night we stayed in some cabins in Grand Teton Park and I caught several nice fish in the Snake River in that stretch.
From there it was a longish drive back to our own cabin near Encampment. Upon approaching Encampment from the North we saw that there was again another fire to the south not all that far from where the Big Creek Fire had been. In the end it did not get close to us.
New Years Eve Snow and Temp Data
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