I’m writing this from the cabin, it is just past sunrise and last night was our third night. We will be leaving later this morning I have the coffee started and the girls are still sleeping. I will post this tonight when we get back home. We arrived Monday to some pretty good sized patches of snow over our land, today after some nice weather about a third of them are gone and the rest are much smaller. The small seasonal creek in the canyon before me starts flowing after the nights freeze has let go.
I was able to get a handful of projects completed on this trip, at least the one I had prioritized. The rest of the ceilings LED’s are installed, we stained the box we built Sunday for the sawdust toilet, and I got about 6 ½ courses up of the ceiling T&G. The 6 rows or so are all that I brought here, there are still 25+ boards in the shop at home waiting to be sanded and oiled. I’m seeing now that I will need to get another 20 or so to finish the ceiling. It’s encouraging to see some actual finish work inside, and I hope we will have some time and money to put toward the outside this summer. The winter winds and moisture have turned the tarpaper on the sides to an eyesore…and I want to make the outside look good too.
The laptop charging station has been performing beyond expectations. On our second day here we listened to music and an audio book for more than seven hours. The little 10 ah battery did a fine job of running the 12V Bose computer speakers we use for our sound system. I now have the cabin’s 12V charging station wired in and we used that last night. I tried to run the chop saw for the ceiling project on the solar powered 1000-watt inverter but it was a no go. So we had to fire up the genny for that. I’ll try to remember to test the saw with my kill-a-watt meter when we get back. If its close, I might upgrade the inverter to one than can handle it…it’s a pain to run back and forth starting and stopping the genny just to cut a few boards at a time.
The girls seem to be getting into the cabin life, albeit a little slowly, they are using the sawdust toilet and helped me with some small projects, but the still played the ”I’m bored card” a few times. We did get in a nice hike to the Petaca yesterday, and they actually played on their own some outside as well. They hiked to the coral area and also did some photography by the creek on their own. Given enough time they will fall in love with Moontree Ranch as well. When we camped here last year we were in a tent, spent one night just south of the cabin site on Gil’s side of the property line…This year we are warm and snug in the cabin…what a difference a year makes.
I wish I had a large pile of materials outside and another month to spend here, the vision of our lives here are very close, I never want to leave after spending time here. Tori and I will be back in a few weeks for a couple days before our big Grand Canyon + Zion tour, its going to be a blast. Gary and Deb will return for a visit before we start Tori’s 50 tour.
The little table I brought down this trip is working better than I thought. Instead of using it for the dinning area, I have it set up next to the kitchen area by the picture window. I can sit here and write with the views of the canyon just a few yards out side. The window is a bit dirty from the winter….note to self…bring window cleaner down on next visit.
Today will be a “no work” day. Some pancakes for breakfast, a hike up the creek to the fence line and circle back to the Petaca overlook, this time we can crag some pics, yesterday the battery in the camera died just as we got there. Then we can load up the truck and hit the road. One our return trip we will grab a few Geocaches and drop a couple of the travel bugs we recently picked up.